Fear is natural. Life in the early times of human development was dangerous. We had to make quick decisions about what was dangerous and what was safe and we had a natural built-in fear of predators/ Fire, deep water (drowning) or poisonous plants meant the difference between life and death. Today in our western world, predators are few and far between, we have harnessed the power of fire and most of us have learnt how to swim. Those natural fears have started to subside and that is a good thing. We wouldn’t want to spend our days in constant fear of something we don’t need to be afraid of. Today, people who do are said to have an anxiety disorder.
Unfortunately the human mind hasn’t developed a switch to immediately detect real danger from imagined. In some people, the imagined danger appears incredibly real; they suffer from a phobia. Phobias are an extreme or irrational fear of, or an overly strong aversion to something. We end up with an out of proportion response to our trigger.
Phobias are often started due to childhood experiences, such as a strong fear of dogs (cynophobia) or confined spaces (claustrophobia). In the first instance, the person might have been startled by a barking dog as a child and claustrophobia might be linked to being locked in a cupboard by mistake.
Whatever your phobia, you might not be aware how it started, but it can be debilitating to suffer from something that the majority of your friends and family have no concept of. Phobia sufferers go to unimaginable lengths to avoid triggering their phobias in order to avoid the characteristic panic attacks and anxiety.
These usually come with the following symptoms:
• pounding or racing heart
• shortness of breath
• rapid speech or inability to speak
• dry mouth
• upset stomach or nausea
• elevated blood pressure
• trembling or shaking
• chest pain or tightness
• choking sensation
• dizziness or light headedness
• profuse sweating
• sense of impending doom
• feeling of no control
Hypnotherapy for Phobias can help
Hypnotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of phobias. There are no side effects, as there are with medications, and hypnotherapy does not only treat the symptoms but goes right to the root of the problem. While under hypnosis, clients can take back control using bespoke tools. Change is a learning process and we can do this in different ways. The phobic can be reassured that the fear has no basis in the present and learn relaxation and coping strategies that will help them manage the situation better when it next arises.
These techniques can put the client back in control of their own life.
If you want to find out how hypnotherapy can help you regain control of your life and get rid of phobias, get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson for an informal chat. Based in Nottingham, I am a clinical hypnotherapist successfully treating clients since 2010. Call 075 222 777 22 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org