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Pathways Hypnotherapy in Benfleet Essex

Fears and Phobias

Hypnotherapy could help you overcome your fears

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A fear or phobia is generally described as a powerful but ultimately irrational fear of an insect, object, person, situation or animal. You may believe that because the emotional effects of a phobia are so intense that you simply have to “live with it”...... but you don’t have to!

One of the commonest reasons that people have hypnotherapy is for overcoming fears or phobias. Some issues may only need a few sessions to resolve them, others may take longer; each case is treated individually.

People may have made jokes about your phobia in the past or called you daft, however I realise that no matter what may be causing your fear, the actual sensation of fear itself is very real and distressing. So contact me today and arrange your free initial telephone consultation. Find out how hypnotherapy could help you rid yourself of your unwanted fears - if you want to do it then you can.

Hypnosis can be used to help deal with common phobias, such as a fear of flying or panic when you encounter a spider, and works to help you develop new behaviour patterns i.e. a calm and measured reaction rather than panicking and becoming more stressed.

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More deep rooted phobias, for example severe social phobias or agoraphobia, can be immensely upsetting and affect your whole life; in these cases it is often best to go back and see how the issues surrounding the onset of the phobia affected you and work to deal with them. In some cases you could be seriously affected, both by the phobia itself (and accompanying symptoms) and/or by efforts to stay away from or hide it. For example, a fear of flying (Aerophobia) may result in you being unable to travel and missing out on family holidays.

The uncontrollable fear associated with your phobia may produce a panic attack; intense physical or emotional reactions in you, such as sweating, shaking, nausea, blushing, anxiety and extreme panic (heart palpitations, tightness in your chest, trembling, feeling faint or a feeling of impending death). These symptoms may cause you to go out of your way to avoid the cause of your phobia at any cost, which can be have a negative affect on all areas of your life.

man suffering with phobia

Phobias can often be rooted in your misunderstanding of events or situations when you were a small child; often at an age when you didn’t have all the rational mental comprehension and information to understand, for example, the meaning of a parent standing on a stool screaming at a small insect. As a child, you would simply make an unconscious decision that that insect must be dangerous.

I will work with you on your phobia; talking about your fears and understanding where they have come from, using relaxation and visualisation techniques, and implanting positive suggestions to help to counter the negative behaviour patterns behind the fear.

If you are living with a fear or phobia, and want to take back control of your life, then hypnosis could help you to make that positive change. Call me today and let's get started.

Some of the commonest phobias may include (external links to information on Wikipedia):
Dentists - Odontophobia or Dentophobia
Spiders – Arachnophobia
Heights - Acrophobia
Needles - Trypanophobia
Flying – Aerophobia
Public speaking - Glossophobia
Confined or enclosed spaces - Claustrophobia
Water - Aquaphobia
Blood – Hemophobia/ Hematophobia
Death – Thanatophobia
Cancer - Carcinophobia
Blushing - Erythrophobia
Being sick/vomit - Emetophobia
Germs – Mysophobia

The list of phobias is endless, from garlic (Alliumphobia) to amnesia (Amnesiphobia), from birds (Ornithophobia) or horses (Equinophobia) to belly buttons (Omphalophobia) or being touched ( Haphephobia), from clowns (Coulrophobia) to thunder & lightning/storms (Astraphobia) and many more. Just know you are not alone.

Book a free, no obligation initial telephone consultation and talk to me about how hypnotherapy could help you rid yourself of your unwanted fears - if you want to do it then you can.

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