Overcome Your Phobia with Hypnotherapy
Many people suffer from irrational fears, which are also known as phobias. These types of fears can cause an individual to experience an extreme sense of fear or dread in situations that, in reality, pose little or no threat. Common phobias include fear of flying (aviophobia), fear of small spaces—like being in an elevator—(claustrophobia), fear of insects (entomophobia), fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of public speaking (glossophobia), fear of driving (vehophobia), fear of leaving the house (agoraphobia), and many more.
Yes, some fear might be reasonable in many of the aforementioned; however, people with phobias experience an exaggerated response to certain stimuli that is irrational and debilitating. Although the person is consciously aware that their fear is unreasonable, they can’t help but respond with extreme irrational fear.
Hypnosis is a very effective way to treat phobias. Often, phobias begin in childhood due to a traumatic event or experience. Phobias also can worsen or surface in adulthood. Some clients are aware of the source their phobia but others have no idea why they have started to respond with fear, especially when those situations were not previous triggers.
Hypnotherapy works with our subconscious mind to find out where the phobia is rooted. Phobias are subconscious programs that are causing our minds to misinterpret the correlation between two unassociated things. When phobias are left unaddressed, the irrational fear can intensify and lead to a fear of the fear itself. This can be even more debilitating than the original trigger.
For example, clients who experience a fear of flying will become fearful of the fear that they will experience on a flight more than the act of flying itself. This can lead to panic and anxiety even when the client has no intention of getting on a flight anytime soon. Common symptoms that people who have phobias experience include elevated heart rate, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, trembling, choking, or the fear of losing control.
Hypnosis is a focused state of relaxation that engages the subconscious mind. While the client is in the trance state, the therapist can help the client identify the sensitizing event and release the fear that was created through that experience. Hypnotherapy can help you overcome phobias by reprogramming your mind’s reaction to situations that are triggers. A hypnotherapist uses specific protocols designed to identify and release these fearful associations so that the client can regain control of the reaction to whatever is triggering him or her.
So through hypnotherapy, you can engage the power of your own mind to release the fear that has been holding you back and no longer suffer from your phobia.