Hypnotherapy for FEARS & PHOBIAS
How we can help you overcome your fears and phobias with hypnosis
We regularly see clients with fears and phobias.
Some are common and others are rather unusual!
Most people will experience an irrational feeling of fear at some point in their lives (of an insect, visiting the doctor or dentist, public speaking, etc.). The fear is said to be irrational because there is very little danger, nevertheless the fight or flight response can be activated, until logic overcomes it. However, when that fear becomes so intense and irrational, that no amount of logic can undo the fight or flight response, to the point that it interferes with normal everyday functioning it is often called a phobia.
Fears and phobias can be categorized roughly into these 5 ‘types’:
1. Animal phobias or fears:
Fear of insects (entomophobia), fear of reptiles (herpetophobia) fear of snakes (ophidiophobia), fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of moths (mottephobia), etc.
2. Environment phobias or fears:
Fear of heights (acrophobia or altophobia), fear of darkness (achluophobia), fear of storms (astraphobia), etc.
3. Situational phobias or fears:
Fear of flying (aviophobia or aviatophobia), fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of social situations (social phobia or social anxiety), fear of driving (driving phobia), fear of public speaking (glossophobia), etc.
4. Medical/bodily fluid/injury phobias:
Fear of dying (thantophobia), fear of germs (misophobia), fear of urinating in public (urophobia), fear of vomiting (emetophobia), fear of needles and sharp objects (aichmophobia), fear of blood (hemaphobia), fear of the dentist (dentophobia), fear of illness (nosemaphobia), etc.
5. Other phobias:
Fear of numbers (arithmophobia), fear of failure (atychiphobia), fear of garlic (alliumphobia), fear of mirrors (catoptrophobia), among others.
Our clients experience varied symptoms associated with their phobias, however all will feel anxious. Sometimes this anxiety is mild, other times it is so intense that it leads to panic attacks. Other symptoms may include difficultly breathing, racing heart or heart palpitations, stomach upset or other gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dizziness, chest tightness or pain, shaking, tingling, hot/cold flushes and perspiration, etc.
Accompanied with these physical symptoms are psychological ones – intense need to escape, feeling overwhelmed, panicky, dissociation, feelings of being out of control, fear of losing control, fear of going insane, fear of dying or fainting, and powerlessness.
Blood related phobias are a bit different in that they usually result in loss of blood pressure and fainting after the initial onset of anxiety, panic and breathlessness, etc.
So how can we help? I’m glad you asked!
Whether your fear or phobia is new or longstanding, no matter how debilitating it is, whether it is of animal, environmental, situational, medical or other origin we can help you to overcome it.
Through hypnotherapeutic counselling, we take a comprehensive history and identify key areas that need to be resolved in hypnosis for you to be symptom free, fear free, phobia free. These encompass old beliefs that no longer serve you, as well as thought patterns, feelings and self-talk.
And just like no two Hypnotherapists were made equal, no two fears and phobias are the same, though the symptoms may appear identical, what is driving the behaviours and feelings are going to be entirely different because your life experience is unique.
So how do we resolve your issues? Easily and effectively!
We take you into hypnosis and use various techniques to unlock and resolve your fears and phobias, build and reinforce coping strategies, self-esteem, positivity, optimism and seal the deal with a zen-like calm, particularly while in the presence of the phobic stimulus.
Every client is different and every session will be unique, depending on the goal and techniques used. We have been described as the ‘mixed martial arts’ of therapy! See Unique Approach.
We also recommend, where applicable, CDs to support you throughout your transformation. (Discounts are available for existing clients!)
What does your fear or phobia cost you?
Does it hold you back from advancing in your career? Can you put a monetary value on that?
Do you invest time and energy in avoiding situations, or concealing your fear or phobia?
Does it inhibit you in your everyday relationships?
Do you neglect yourself, family and/or friends because of it?
What is the cost and impact on your health? On your physical appearance?
What is the cost and impact on your sense of self-worth and wellbeing?
What is the cost and impact on your ability to perform at work? At home?
What is the cost and impact on your relationships?
What is the cost and impact on your reputation?
Does the benefit of investing in a few sessions with us at North Shore & City Hypnotherapy Sydney to be free of your fears and phobias outweigh the ongoing costs of living with it?
Fear of flying boy Joe Thompson flies home after hypnosis
Vertigo sufferers’ hypnotic high