What is a phobia?
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. If your phobia is linked with something you can easily avoid, it is rarely a problem. But if you have a fear of birds, you’re going to find it difficult to walk anywhere where there are plenty of people-friendly pigeons or seagulls. If you have a fear of flying, visiting grandchildren in Australia is out of the question. If you have a fear of spiders, Autumn is a nightmare. There are over 2,000 named phobias and include: Fear of the natural environment – lightening, water, trees; Fear of animals – snakes, rats, wasps, spiders; Medical fears – needles, blood, vomiting; Fear in situations – crossing bridges, heights, boats.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Phobias are created by negative templates stored in the sub-conscious mind. It may be that we have learned the phobic response from our parents, or it may be that we had a particularly unpleasant incident which sparked the phobia. Hypnotherapy works by removing and replacing it with. In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we do not use aversion techniques. Instead we use an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming) process to remove the unhelpful template. We then introduce a positive image of how you would like to respond in a given situation.