Phobias involve an irrational fear or anxiety about something that most people would not normally be bothered by. It’s common for people to feel that there’s nothing that can be done about their phobia because they’ve become so used to living with it. However, the majority of phobias can be improved or removed if the right techniques are used.
Hypnotherapy is a proven, effective treatment for a wide range of phobias. I’m able to help whether you have a common phobia such as fear of flying, fear of certain animals (such as snakes), or fear of heights, or a less common phobia (there are many different ones).
There are well-established techniques for treating phobias, and it’s typical to see a significant difference in only one or two sessions. Below, I’ve outlined my approach to treating phobias, so if you have a phobia that you’d like to be free from, contact me for an informal, confidential chat about how I can help you.
My approach to treating phobias
Phobias can have different causes, but involve an ‘automatic’ fear response. We feel fearful or anxious when we get close to (or sometimes even think about) the thing or situation we’re afraid of. My approach involves using deep relaxation, visualisation and hypnosis to replace this fear response with a new automatic response. It enables you to gain a sense of calmness and control in situations that previously caused anxiety.
At the heart of my approach is a proven method ‘systematic desensitisation’, that many research studies have shown to be highly effective in treating phobias. This involves a straightforward, step-by-step process that uses deep relaxation to gradually remove your phobia.
As well as ‘systematic desensitisation’, I’ll also use cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy to help you change any negative thoughts and associations you’ve developed.
Clients usually see a significant improvement in a single session, and to be completely free from the phobia usually takes between 3 or 5 sessions. Get in touch to discuss how I can help you.
I work with clients from across London and home visits are also available.