Hypnotherapy for Fears & Phobias
Everyone has some kind of fear in their life. Oftentimes, these fears are minor such as having a fear of your dental appointment or going for a job interview. However, when these fears become intense, they develop into phobias.
A phobia is a fear that is irrational. In most cases, you are afraid of something that does not pose any real threat to you. Still, thinking about that particular thing makes you uneasy and uncomfortable. And when you are exposed to that thing, the feeling of anxiety is so overwhelming that you cannot be yourself for the time being.
How Does it Affect You?
Phobias of common things can make life miserable. For example, you might reject a job that involves you having to pass a tall bridge on your way to work because of your phobia of heights.
If you have necrophobia which is the fear of death or anything even closely related to it, you might not be able to attend the funeral of a close relative or friend because coffins make your extremely anxious.
Similarly, if you have a phobia of closed spaces, or claustrophobia, you might end up taking the long flight of stairs every day rather than getting in the elevator. Your fears or phobias can make you do things that often cause you massive inconvenience.
Having said that, it's important to understand that there is a difference between fears and phobias. If you have a fear of flying, you feel anxious when you are on a flight or when there’s turbulence.
However, if you have a phobia of flying, you will not get on that plane no matter what. You will be more willing to miss your sister’s wedding or a paid trip to Europe because you just cannot get on a plane.
Most fears develop in childhood although you can develop a fear or phobia in adulthood too. According to a study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, kids are likely to develop the same fears as their friends. Oftentimes, kids outgrow these but sometimes the fear sticks.
What are Some Common Phobias?
There are a few common phobias, as explained by experts. Animal phobias are phobias of organisms such as spiders, mice or dogs. People with these phobias cannot stay in the same vicinity as animals or a particular animal. While everyone else is petting a cute dog, you will probably be 10 feet away if you have a phobia.
Natural phobias have more to do with the environment around you. For example, you could have a phobia of heavy rain, thunderstorms or the dark. These phobias can cause real inconvenience if you live in a place where such environmental conditions are common. You will find yourself stuck in the house most of the time
Some people have phobias like a phobia of injections or simply any medical procedure. It is very hard for these people if they are in a situation where medical help is required. A list of some common phobias is given below:
Mysophobia: Fear of Germs
Claustrophobia: Fear of enclosed spaces
Aerophobia: Fear of Heights
Arachnophobia: Fear of Spiders
Cynophobia: Fear of Dogs
Brontophobia: Fear of Storms
Carcinophobia: Fear of getting Cancer
Necrophobia: Fear of anything related to death
Coulrophobia: Fear of Clowns
Trypophobia: Fear of irregular patterns especially holes
How Does Hypnosis Help?
It has been seen through several case studies that hypnotherapy can help treat phobias. A report published in the American Journal for Clinical Hypnosis reviewed the literature and research related to hypnotherapy for phobias. In this study, which was conducted by Boston University, the association of hypnotherapy with behavior therapy and phobic behavior was observed.
The author concluded that even though there are mixed results, hypnosis can be used for the treatment of phobias. When you are in a state of hypnosis, you think rationally because you are in a calm and composed setting. Your hypnotherapist with help you get rid of your fears. They will make you feel safe by reinforcing the idea that nothing can harm you.
It will give your subconscious a chance to go over your fears rationally and eventually conquer them. Hypnotherapy will teach you behavioral and cognitive coping skills. Using these, you will be able to trust yourself to survive a situation.
In 1994, an article published in Contemporary Hypnosis showed the case of a woman who had a phobia of being vomited on. That is why she never held a child. With the help of hypnotherapy, the phobia was resolved. Such studies go on to suggest that hypnosis might be an effective method for treating phobias.
If you are looking to overcome your irrational fears or phobias, contact us today for a complimentary consultation or to schedule an appointment. We can help you overcome your fear once and for all.