Phobias & Fears
What is fear?
Fear is an unpleasant and often strong emotion that is caused by the anticipation or
awareness of threat, danger, pain or harm. It is a normal and healthy part of life and it is our brain’s way of preventing us from entering into potentially harmful situations. Our fear response helps us decide when to leave situations that are not the best for us. Fear in normal circumstances can be managed by reason and logic and does not take over our lives or prevent us from doing certain activities. It does not cause us to become irrational.
What is a phobia?
A phobia elevates the normal fear response to a disproportionate level, that is persistent, very difficult or impossible to control. A phobia can take, over a person’s life to a very limiting extent, making certain activities or actions out of the question. This is due to the crippling and intense level of fear that a phobia creates. Despite, this fear being described as irrational and disproportionate to the perceived threat, the feeling is very real and extremely uncomfortable.
Types of phobia?
Phobias can develop around any situation or object. They are generally categorized under two groups, specific phobias and complex or non- specific- phobias.
These types of phobias are about specific situations or objects.
Here are some common specific phobias:
Animal phobias: Spiders and other insects, snakes, dogs, cats, birds, rodents.
Situational phobias: Going to the dentist, flying, small spaces, tunnels, escalators.
Sexual phobias: Fear of nudity or sexual acts.
Other phobias: Injections, choking, blood, vomit, medical procedures, objects, certain food or costumed characters.
Complex non-specific phobias:
The two most common types of phobias that come under this category are:
This is an intense fear of being in social situations and having to talk to or engage with other people.
An intense fear of being in open and closed spaces, being outside alone or being in a crowd of people. For example, travelling by plane, car or bus or being in enclosed spaces such as a shop or a lift.
Complex or non -specific phobias can seriously impact your ability to function in your day to day life and limit your quality of life.
Is your phobia:
- Is there something limiting you?
- Do you have an intense fear of a certain situation or object?
- Is the fear so intense that it has a hold on you?
- Do you feel out of control, helpless and in a state of panic?
- Does this intense fear cause you to experience, difficulty breathing, trembling, shaking and sweating?
- Do you feel dizzy, nauseous or light- headed?
- Do you experience pain or tightness in your chest?
- Does it interfere with many areas of your life?
- Do you plan your daily life around it?
- Would you enjoy life more if you could overcome it?
How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help:
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy enables people to regain control of their lives.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on the present and the future, there is no need to go into your past. I use, a gentle combination of psychotherapy, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis to suit your individual needs. These will enable your brain to, reorganize itself and allow you to move towards your goals.
The first half of our session will be the psychotherapy part and the second part will be where you get to experience some deep and soothing relaxation through hypnosis. This gentle but deeply relaxing technique will enable you to untangle from unhelpful subconscious beliefs that are keeping you stuck. You’ll move into place where you will start to sleep better, feel calmer, clearer, more confident and develop a sense of trust in yourself and your coping abilities.