Fears and Phobias
Fears and Phobias
Perhaps the single thing that most people have in mind when they think about Hypnotherapy.
I do not think that there is any such thing as an irrational fear, if the fear is real to you, then it is real and it can be treated’ – Kim Ronaldson
This rather unorthodox statement can be viewed by some as contradictory, or even, dare we say it…irrational. It is however at the heart of what we believe to be true, the reason for the fear may not be real but the fear itself is very real!
Indeed, most people with phobias often realise that their response is irrational or disproportional, a fact which, if anything makes it harder for them to deal.
You would be surprised to learn how often we hear the words ‘I feel silly but…’
Well, there is nothing silly, you are not strange and you most certainly are not alone, it is estimated that almost 20% of people have a phobia, with a staggering 9% suffering described as ‘severe’.
We will explore how and why your phobia came about before proceeding to treatment and in many cases a single session is all that is required to produce dramatic results.
Case Study - John, Claustrophobia
John presented with classic phobic symptoms, a debilitating fear of closed spaces or Claustrophobia (sometimes confused with Cleithrophobia, the fear of being trapped).
Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder which often presents itself in the form of severe panic attacks, brought on by being in an enclosed space such as a lift, a small room or an airplane.
We are all born with two fears, the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling…everything else is learned behaviour, and if it can be learned, it can be treated.
‘John’ described how his symptoms had become steadily worse and where once he felt uneasy in a closed space, he now experienced genuine fear not only of the situation but of the prospect of being in an enclosed space. The worry was so great that he allowed his fear to dictate his life, he would deliberately avoid places that held the prospect of confinement, turn down party invitations and even miss out on family holidays.
John’s unconscious mind was dictating the emotions controlling his conscious mind and he was in a pretty bad way.
During a short series of brief conversations, we discovered the root cause of John’s fear and then using hypnotherapy techniques we were able to provide John with enough evidence to replace his negative ‘thoughts’ with positive memories, beliefs and associations.
John took control of his anxiety and our hypnotherapy sessions soon gave him the tools to manage situations that only recently he would have found debilitating.
If you, or somebody you know suffers from Claustrophobia or any anxiety disorder please call us for a friendly, informal chat, we are always happy to discuss treatments and encourage questions.