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Hypnotherapy for fears and phobias



I'm glad you've come to discuss how solution focused hypnotherapy might help with your fears or phobias, which are intense experiences for those who have them.


Understanding irrational fears and phobias


Irrational fear is an exaggerated sense of worry or dread about something that might not pose a significant threat. It's like your mind is convinced of a big risk or danger where there isn’t one. For instance, feeling terrified at the sight of a small, harmless spider in a peaceful garden is a classic example. This fear manifests physically - your heart races, you sweat, and you might freeze or feel compelled to run away.


Phobias are a more intense form of these fears, qualifying as a type of anxiety disorder. They are severe, irrational fears about specific things or situations - such as heights (acrophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), or even fear of buttons (koumpounophobia). The reaction to these phobias can be extreme, leading to shaking, nausea, dizziness, or panic attacks.


For those with phobias, even the mere thought of the feared object can cause significant anxiety. This might lead to avoiding certain situations, which can disrupt daily life. For example, someone with a fear of flying may miss out on travel opportunities.


Let me explain how this approach works and what you can expect from our sessions together.


Setting positive goals in therapy


First and foremost, our focus will be on what you want to achieve, rather than spending too much time digging into the past or the root of your fear. It's about setting a positive goal. So, instead of saying, "I don't want to be scared of heights," we'll aim for something like, "I want to feel calm and in control when I'm up high."


The power of visualisation and relaxation


In our sessions, I'll guide you into a relaxed state, similar to daydreaming. This isn't like being asleep or unconscious; you'll still be aware and in control. But in this relaxed state, your mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions and visualisations.


Then, I'll help you visualise scenarios where you confront your fear in a calm and confident way. For example, if you're afraid of flying, we'll imagine a scenario where you're boarding a plane feeling relaxed and enjoying the journey. The idea is to dismantle your unhelpful, fear-based behaviour response and reframe it to associate these once-feared situations with positive feelings and reactions.


A path to coping better with life


We'll also work on building your coping skills. This might include techniques like self-hypnosis or relaxation strategies that you can use in your daily life. It's about giving you the tools to manage your reactions even when you're not in therapy.


Throughout our time together, we'll keep track of your progress and celebrate the small victories. Even a slight change in how you feel about your fear is a step in the right direction.


Progress and personalised support


Solution focused hypnotherapy can effectively address a range of fears and phobias, including acrophobia, aerophobia, agoraphobia, arachnophobia, claustrophobia, cynophobia (fear of dogs), odontophobia (fear of dentists), and ophidiophobia (fear of snakes).


My intention is to enable you to live a life free from the constraints of these fears. Some people see significant improvements quickly, while others may need a bit more time. The effectiveness of this therapy can vary. My goal is to tailor each session to your specific needs and to support you every step of the way.


As your hypnotherapist, I'll guide you through this process, offering a space for positive visualisation, relaxation, and empowerment. I understand that taking the first step can be daunting, but I'm here to support you every step of the way.


So, if you're ready for change, or if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to take a proactive step towards a healthier, happier future by booking a free 30-minute online consultation. This is your opportunity to find out more about how solution-focused hypnotherapy can help you and to start your journey towards better mental health and wellbeing.

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