Overcoming Fears and Phobias with Hypnotherapy in London & Dorset

Are you frightened of something and you don't know why?

Phobia means fear. Most of us fear some things, places, or certain situations, but a phobia is an irrational, intense and persistent fear – possibly to the extent that it effects your day to day life.

Phobias tend to be categorised according to what it is that you are fearful of. For example:

Specific Phobias

That is, you have an inappropriately intense fear of something or somewhere. It is possible to develop a phobia about absolutely anything, and some of these might seem very bizarre or weird to you. For example you may have a fear of flying or faeces, clowns or colours, spiders or sex. Contact with, or the thought of coming into contact with your feared object, place or situation can lead to feelings of intense panic, or anxiety attacks - so you become desperate to avoid whatever you have a phobia of. Incidentally, it is thought that there is at least one phobia for every letter of the alphabet. So if you experience any kind of a phobia, it may not be as unusual as you think!

Agoraphobia

This is where you fear places and situations. You fear them in case you can’t escape, in case there might be no one to help you if you have a panic or anxiety attack, and in case you embarrass yourself in public. Such places include crowds, public places and public transport. Claustrophobia is a fear of confined spaces, where feeling trapped may cause you to experience anxiety and panic.

Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)

This is a fear of specific social situations where you are worried what other people might think of you, for example, speaking in public. The symptoms of social phobias may also include blushing, trembling or an urgent need to go to the toilet.

Avoid feeling embarrassed about your fear or phobia. Many fears are quite common, and they can be overcome.

Symptoms of Fears & Phobias

You may experience symptoms similar to those of panic and anxiety:

  • Feeling on edge and tense
  • A desperate need to escape
  • Very fast or very slow heart beat
  • Feeling that you can’t breathe, or very fast breathing
  • Sweating, shaking, trembling
  • Almost ‘frozen’ with fear – feel as if you can’t move
  • A sensation of choking
  • A tight chest and pain around that area
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Intense fear about losing control and embarrassing yourself
  • Feeling as if you could faint
  • Stomach churning
  • Pins and needles
  • Feeling as if you are detached and separate from everyone and everything
  • Worrying about what might or might not happen, and how you could be affected in a negative way.

What Causes Fears & Phobias?

Specific phobias often develop after a traumatic event, or after something has 'happened' to you. You may not remember what this was, and you were probably very young at the time. The 'event' itself was probably quite harmless, but as a result, certain things trigger an irrational fear and reaction in you.

However, Agoraphobia and social phobia can also come about for other reasons:

Agoraphobia often co-exists with another anxiety disorder such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and sometimes develops as a result of an overworked nervous system, and an escalation in worry and stress generally.

Social phobia may also develop as a result of an overworked nervous system, and is often associated with 'nerves' before an event such as speaking in public.

Treatment to Overcome your Fears & Phobias in London or Dorset

Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your phobia. If appropriate, hypnotherapy will enable you to get to the root cause of your phobia, and to sort it out easily. Hypnotherapy is a particularly safe and gentle option which can be very effective when dealing with all kinds of phobias.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.