Hypnotherapy for phobias

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Living with a phobia can really hold you back.

It stops you from being spontaneous and living life on your terms. It’s inconvenient.

It’s always there dictating and controlling how you live your life. It’s debilitating.

It knocks your confidence, you start to believe that things can’t change. It’s demoralising.

It makes you feel inadequate and you worry about being judged by others. It’s frustrating.

It can cause tension and feelings of resentment between family members. It’s restrictive.

You have to make up excuses as to why you can’t do things. It’s embarassing.

No one should have to live with a phobia controlling them.

Here’s what living life phobia free may look like for you

Being able to participate in a wider range of activities.

Being more independent and less reliant on others for help.

Enjoying a calmer state of mind with less stress.

Being able to be spontaneous and just go and do things.

Experiencing heightened levels of self-confidence.

Being able to feel free and not be controlled by fear. 

How common are phobias?

If you have a phobia you are certainly not alone. The NHS estimates that as many as 10 million people in the UK have a phobia. They also point out that anyone can develop a phobia irrespective of their age, sex and social background.

What is a phobia?

A phobia can be described as an extreme, or debilitating fear of an object, place, situation or feeling.

It’s normal for you to experience fear in situations that put you at risk. However, your phobia may mean that you induce a fear response where there is no logical reason.

Hypnotherapy for phobias can help you to find freedom and live the life you want.


Why has my phobia developed?

There are numerous reasons why your phobia may have developed. One of the most common reasons is that you experienced an event or situation that your brain thought was threatening. It’s also possible that your phobia developed because of learned behaviour. If you witnessed your parents reacting with fear in a given situation, then they may have transferred this fear onto you.

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When awake, our brains constantly take in information through our senses. You can think of these waking hours as your brain being in record mode. When we sleep our brains enter playback mode.

When you’re dreaming, your brain transfers memories from the primitive, emotional mind to the intellectual, logical part.

If it encounters an event that it believes to be threatening during this process, the memory will be stored. These stored files will then help your brain to predict how to react in the future. If your brain predicts that you are going to experience a similar situation again it will activate your fight/ flight/ freeze response.

What does a phobic response feel like?

When your brain activates your fight/ flight/ freeze response your body will be flooded with stress hormones. When this happens you may feel an immediate need to run away or the fear may be so great that you might just freeze.

You may notice your body temperature, heart and breathing rate increase, lightheadedness, stomach cramping and tightening of your muscles.

What is hypnotherapy for phobias?

Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses the natural state of hypnosis to bring about positive changes.

As it works directly with the subconscious mind its results are very fast and effective.

Your phobia is located in your subconscious mind, that’s why you have no conscious control over it.


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What is hypnosis for phobias?

You will probably have heard of both the terms hypnosis and trance. They can be thought of as being interchangeable, as they both describe a time when you experience a shift in your conscious awareness. It’s often described as being in a daydream.

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Hypnosis is a great problem-solving state that we naturally go into many times during our day.

I can guide you into this relaxed daydream-like state. During this time your subconscious mind is receptive to new ideas and open to trying new ways to help you overcome your phobia

How effective is hypnotherapy for phobias?

Using hypnotherapy for phobias is an extremely fast and effective way of helping you overcome your anxiety. Your phobia is located in your subconscious mind in a part of your brain responsible for memory.

Your subconscious mind always has a positive intention but its outcome often isn’t. It’s trying to keep you safe but in doing so it means that you can’t live the life you want.

By using hypnosis it’s possible to influence your subconscious mind so that it no longer believes that it needs to keep you safe. You are then able to live your life without your phobia holding you back.

Getting you from where you are now to being phobia-free is simple. Here’s how we achieve it

#01 Consultation

You learn what’s happening to make you react the way you do and how we can work together to change your mindset.

#02 Change

We meet either online or face-to-face and use a variety of techniques to get you feeling back in control.

#03 Thrive

No more living in fear.  You’ve completely changed your way of thinking allowing you to live your life to the full.

Hypnotherapy for phobias can work for you just like it has for others!

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Are you thinking “Hypnotherapy won’t work for me?” – Most of these clients initially thought that too, now they’re living life free from their problem!

How will your life be different without your phobia holding you back?

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When you’re ready please reach out as I’d love to help you overcome your phobia.

I’m Ian a qualified hypnotherapist and a member of several awarding bodies which means I have to adhere to strict codes of conduct. You can be sure your wellness is in a safe empathetic pair of hands.

I have successfully used hypnotherapy for phobias to help people break free from a whole range of irrational fears.

I am one of the most highly reviewed hypnotherapists in the UK. Because I get results for my clients and go above and beyond, all of the reviews I’ve received are 5*.

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I’m just a down-to-earth person who will pull out all the stops to get my client results.

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Based on the results I get for my clients and the standard of my work I have won several nationally recognised awards.

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How can we work together?

Hypnotherapy is equally effective whether it’s online via Zoom or face-to-face. Using an online approach means that I can use hypnotherapy alongside other techniques to enable you to overcome your driving anxiety no matter your location.

However, if you live within travelling distance of Fairfield, Hitchin, Hertfordshire you also have the option to come to my therapy room for face-to-face sessions.

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Other common questions.

Can hypnotherapy for phobias work alongside other therapies?

Yes. Hypnotherapy can be used alongside other therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques all of which work with your subconscious mind to promote change.

How do I know if I have a phobia?

Determining if you have a phobia can sometimes be unclear, as some individuals may not perceive their fears as severe enough to qualify as a phobia. Rather than solely associating phobias with extreme terror, it’s essential to recognise them as irrational fears.

One way to gauge whether your fear aligns with a phobia is by comparing your feelings to those of your peers. If your family and friends don’t share the same level of apprehension towards the issue, it may suggest that your fear is disproportionate or irrational.

However, the label of having a phobia isn’t the critical factor. What truly matters is whether your fear impedes your ability to live the life you want.

If your fear significantly limits your activities or causes distress, seeking support or treatment may be beneficial, regardless of whether it meets the textbook definition of a phobia.

What types of phobias can be treated using hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy for phobias is an effective treatment for all types of irrational fears. It doesn’t matter how long your phobia has been part of your life experience and for how long you’ve been suffering with the symptoms.

The only things it cannot help with, however, are the fear of falling and the fear of sudden loud noises as we are hardwired with these. No type of phobia hypnotherapy will be able to help overcome these fears, although don’t confuse the fear of falling with the fear of heights as these are very different.

How long will the results of the treatment last?

The results are permanent. Your phobia is not something that you need to ever worry about again.


What can I expect during a hypnotherapy session?

At the beginning of the session, I will take the time to recap the main points relating to your brain and explain again how your phobia developed. 

I’ll explain the relationship between your conscious and subconscious mind and how hypnotherapy works on the subconscious mind to quickly initiate change. 

I’ll ask you how you want your life to be different once you are free from your phobia. These answers will be used in your bespoke hypnosis session that follows. 

When you’re ready I’ll gently lead you into a state of deep relaxation using my voice alongside calming music. In this relaxed state, I will be able to communicate with your subconscious mind and make suggestions for change that will enable it to change its current way of thinking (it’s trying to keep you safe) so that you can live your life to your fullest potential. 

How much does hypnotherapy for phobias cost?

The cost to overcome your phobia is £350. This includes the sessions and a hypnosis download for you to listen to between the sessions.

Can everyone be hyptonised?

Yes, everyone has the ability be hypnotised if they wish to. No one can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not mind control, it’s just a form of deep relaxation. Some people may take longer to achieve this level of relaxation but everyone can be hypnotised.

How does hypnotherapy for phobias differ from using other types of treatment?

Hypnotherapy for phobias differs from other forms of treatment as it primarily works with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is very powerful and responsible for around 97% of our thoughts.

Hypnotherapy is a natural form of treatment that requires no additional medication for it to be effective.

What are the benefits of using hypnotherpy for phobias?

Because hypnosis is a natural state there is little chance of encountering any side effects from the treatment. As it works directly with the subconscious mind it is a very quick and effective form of treatment. Results are seen in just a matter of weeks.



Will I lose control during hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis which means that you will remain in control at all times.


Does hypnotherapy have any known side effects?

Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis to enable people to make positive changes. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we go into regularly each day.

When a person is guided into a state of hypnosis by a hypnotherapist they will go into a deeper level of relaxation than they would normally. As a result, people who experience conditions such as psychosis should consult their mental health care team before beginning therapy.

What scientific study exists to support the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for phobias?

A meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in 2007 reviewed 18 studies and found that hypnotherapy was significantly more effective than no treatment or placebo interventions in reducing symptoms of specific phobias.

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 2012 examined the efficacy of hypnosis in treating dental phobia and found that participants who received hypnotherapy experienced significant reductions in anxiety and fear compared to those who did not receive hypnosis.

Furthermore, neuroimaging studies have provided insights into the neurological mechanisms underlying hypnosis and its effects on phobic responses. Research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has shown changes in brain activity associated with hypnosis, suggesting that hypnotherapy may modulate neural pathways involved in fear processing.

Is hypnotherapy for phobias covered under health insurance?

This will depend on your insurance provider. If your provider does include hypnotherapy in its policy then the usual practice is for you to pay for the sessions and then be reimbursed by your provider.

Being a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, along with other professional associations, ensures that I meet the requirements sought by insurance providers.

How can I find out more about hypnotherapy for phobias?

If you would like to find out more about how we can use hypnotherapy for phobias to help you to live a life free from the debilitating effects of your fear then please call me on 07855 759533.

If you have other types of anxiety, a fear of driving or flying you might be interested in visiting the following pages; hypnotherapy for fear of flying, hypnotherapy for driving anxiety and hypnotherapy for anxiety. You can find out more about the benefits of hypnotherapy also.

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