Fears & Phobias

Fears and phobias can develop from a specific learned anxiety, ranging from clowns to fear of flying.  These can be clearly differentiated from anxiety as the intensity of the feelings are so strong, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be changed.

We can develop these feelings from traumatic events we have experienced or from events we can perceive or imagine in the future.  Our minds cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination, this is why you can still experience the same emotions just by picturing the event.  When dealing with fears, our emotions are so powerful they bypass our critical and rational thinking, this is why it’s so difficult to ask someone to be rational throughout an emotional experience/episode.

During hypnotherapy, we can rapidly begin to change many aspects of the experience that lead up to your intense feelings.  We can help you identify your false thought and ideas, and begin to change them so you develop a new healthier perspective.  We can suspend those powerful feelings of emotion and begin to replace them with a feeling of comfort and rid you of those old troublesome feelings.

It is not necessary to completely understand why you developed a fear or phobia, but we can focus on what we can do now to overcome it.  If left untreated they can hold you back from achieving a normal lifestyle.  Many people enjoy going on holiday abroad, but for some who have a fear of flying, it can be a daunting task of unnecessary worry and build up.  We can help remove this feeling so you can really begin to just enjoy your life.

 

 

So what are some common symptoms?

Common fears and phobias include:

 

How our programmes are delivered

A specific plan is tailored to each person by one of our therapists to help them achieve their goals and to prepare for any issues along the way.

We easily identify any issues by using evidence based procedures to help assess and build a strategic plan for success.  Case formulation (understanding of issues) is a very important part of any successful therapy.  “A problem well defined is a problem halved”.

We focus on three main aspects that are required by any therapist,

  • Bond of trust between therapist and client;
  • Agreement on therapy goals;
  • Agreement on therapy tasks (Bordin, 1979).

The initial session will start with an introduction to dispel any concerns/misconceptions that you have about hypnotherapy.

Relevant questions will be asked so that we can get a better understanding of what your main issue is, and if there are any other contributing stresses.

If there any obstacles that come in the way of you achieving your goals, we will work together to design a flexible plan to prepare for any setbacks so you can stay on track.