Phobias can develop when an individual has an intense fear surrounding a certain situation or object. They are often more intense than fear and can lead to anxiety and panic attacks for some people.

Many of my client’s phobias exist in their subconscious and are learned responses. Hypnotherapy can help you unlearn the fear response and ease the associated anxiety with your phobia.

What is a phobia?

According to the NHS, a phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. For some people who suffer from phobias, the symptoms can come on simply from thinking about it.

Signs of someone with a phobia

If you have a phobia then you are likely to feel incredibly scared, nervous and anxious when you come across the source of your phobia. Some suffer from physical symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, nausea, shaking, and a fast heartbeat.

The 2 types of phobias

  • Simple phobias – tend to be around a specific object, animal, situation or activity. For example, animal phobias (spiders, snakes or dogs), environmental phobias (heights, germs), situational phobias (flying) and bodily phobias (having injections, blood).
  • Complex phobias – often surround more everyday activities and can impact an individual’s life more than the simple phobias. Examples of these include social phobia (anxiety disorder) and agoraphobia (feeling anxious about being in a certain place or situation e.g. crowds or public transport).

Another common phobia is tokophobia, the extreme fear of pregnancy.

Many phobias are caused by a number of factors. They could have stemmed from a trauma or event that you have experienced or it may have been a learned behaviour. The good news is that phobias can be treated and BWRT is a great solution.

BWRT and phobias

Phobias are within our subconscious and our minds and bodies still react with fear no matter how much we tell ourselves that they are not life-threatening. I use techniques to help you change your response to your phobia.

The number of BWRT sessions to treat a phobia differs from person to person and will depend on how severe the phobia is.

Get in touch today to find out how I can help you with your phobias.


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