Everybody has one fear or another but phobias can be overpowering. Some people find themselves incapable of performing everyday activities because of their fears. When a phobia begins affecting the quality of life, the time is right to start looking for professional assistance. |
What is a Phobia?
A phobia is an irrational fear of common situations or objects. People that suffer from a phobia believe that they will be harmed or injured severely. Phobias are characterized as social, specific or agoraphobia – the fear of being trapped in a particular situation or a place.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 10 percent of US adults suffer from some type of phobia. The most common phobias involve spiders, snakes, heights, injections, dogs, flying and social interactions.
When exposed to the specific object, being or situation, people that suffer from a phobia exhibit similar symptoms. Fear and panic are the most common ones. People that suffer from a phobia will feel dizziness, anxiety, nausea, breathlessness and fear of dying whenever they are experiencing the circumstances that trigger the phobia.
How will a Therapist Address the Issue?
Therapy is the best way to address the issue and to increase a person’s quality of life. If you are suffering from any phobia, you should certainly consider therapy.
In the beginning, the therapist will try to figure out the root of the problem. Some people with a fear of flying, for example, may actually be afraid of staying in a closed space for a long period of time or a sense of helplessness due to lack of control over the situation. A phobia may appear to be linked to something specific but its origin may be a completely different issue.
Can Hypnotherapy really help?
A skilled hypnotherapist can find the reason for the phobia and offer a long-term, reliable solution. Through hypnosis, the therapist will find the underlying, sub-conscious cause of the problem, the one that even a patient may actually be unaware of.
Once the cause is discovered, the therapist will use the sessions to eliminate an individual’s conditioned response to that trigger. Very often, a traumatic event from the past is the root of the phobia. Many people that suffer from a phobia block the memory of this event. A therapist will be capable of getting to that cause only through hypnosis.
How many Sessions will I need?
In the first sessions, the therapist will help a patient relax and focus. This state is known as hypnotic trance and it is needed to gain access to sub-conscious memories.
Very often, the conscious mind stays in the way of finding a solution. Hypnotherapy quiets the consciousness, allowing a person to focus on the intrinsic, sub-conscious cause of a problem. Once the origin of the phobia is discovered, the hypnotherapist will suggest behavioural changes that will help for conquering the fear.
The typical duration of the therapy is three to four sessions but some people may require a longer period of time. If you suffer from a phobia, hypnotherapy is one of the best options for your needs. Phobias can be mildly uncomfortable or they may lead to major lifestyle changes. Whatever the problem and its cause are, talk to a hypnotherapist. You will be incapable of finding a magic cure but this treatment will deliver excellent results over time.
David Samson is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register and voted Hypnotherapist of the year at the 2012 Austin Hypnotherapy Awards, London. He has acted as an Advisor to ITV Television, London Talk Radio, LBC Radio, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio Europe. His work has also been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the Evening Standard.
Please visit www.davidsamson.co.uk for more information on how to overcome your phobia safely, effectively and permanently.
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