Fears & Phobias

Do you have a fear or phobia that is holding you back from living your life the way you want it? How would you like to overcome any fears or phobias in as little as one session?

Fear

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions and it is programmed into us, to protect us by alerting us to danger. It is a survival instinct which we are born with, and helps us when we are faced with a dangerous or challenging situation by triggering the “fight or flight” response in our bodies.

The reaction is instantaneous and the brain sends a message to the nervous system which causes several physiological changes to our body, such as, pumping blood to our muscles to prepare us for physical action such as fighting or running away, it increases our heartbeat, increases our blood pressure and speeds up our breathing and our skin sweats to keep us cool.

A feeling of fear can be momentary or it can last longer, and like all emotions we can feel different intensities of it depending on the situation or the person.

The brain will evaluate the situation and will stay in the “fight or flight” state until it gets enough information to realise there is no danger, and then it switches off the fear reaction.

Fear is merely a warning sign, that alerts us to danger and cautions us to be careful, so when is fear “bad” for us?

Fear can also be an unpleasant feeling of apprehension or distress when you just think something dangerous or frightening might happen.

When we imagine something so vividly, our mind cannot tell the difference between “real” and imagined” and responds as if it were real, producing all the same physiological sensations which you may feel in your stomach, head, chest, legs or hands.

Fear is usually triggered by something that is startling or unexpected, however, it is also used to describe something that we are “afraid” of which causes a phobia.

Phobias

A phobia is created through fear, and because the fear signal is so intense, you can easily be convinced that the danger is greater than it actually is.

A structure in our brains called the amygdala, tracks all the events or situations that trigger strong emotions in us, and as soon as we encounter that same situation again, or if we even just think about it, it signals our brain to respond with a fear reaction.

A phobia can develop from having an unpleasant or scary encounter with that particular thing or situation. Sometimes though, there may be no specific event that caused the phobia to develop.

Having a phobia is not a weakness, it is simply a learned response which your brain has developed in order to “protect” you from that situation or perceived danger.

If you have a phobia, you probably realise that your fear is irrational even though you still can’t control your feelings.

How do I know if I need help?

Some phobias may not interfere with your everyday life, for instance, having a phobia about snakes, may be helpful, because it warns you to be cautious when you see one, and most of us don’t expect to encounter snakes on a daily basis, so there may be no need for you to do anything to overcome this phobia.

However, if your phobia causes you to go to great lengths to avoid it, or that it prevents you from living your life as you would like it to, then I can help you.

There are four general types of phobias and fears:
Animal phobias: Examples include fear of snakes, fear of spiders, fear of rodents, and fear of dogs etc.

Natural environment phobias: Examples include fear of heights, fear of storms, fear of water, and fear of the dark etc.
Situational phobias (fears triggered by a specific situation): Examples include fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of tunnels, fear of bridges, fear of relationships, fear of public speaking, fear of exams, fear of the dentist etc.
Blood-Injection-Injury phobia: The fear of blood, fear or injury, or a fear of needles or other medical procedures.

Phobias can vary in severity from person to person and depends upon the level of exposure that we have to it.

Symptoms can range from suffering relatively mild anxiety to fully fledged panic attacks with all the associated disabling symptoms, including dizziness, loss of bladder or bowel control, feelings of pain, and shortness of breath.

How can I help you to overcome your phobia?

There are several ways that you can overcome a phobia, including gradually facing your fear and directly exposing yourself to it over time and therefore decreasing your sensitivity to that particular threat. However, most people who are suffering from a phobia would do anything rather than being faced with the thought of being exposed to their worst fear!

For many phobias, this fearful response has come from a ‘one-time’ learning, and your brain learned straight away to be fearful of it and using a combination of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques and hypnosis, it is possible for your brain to learn a different response and overcome your phobia in a single session.

Hypnosis can help in several ways because when you relax, the mind naturally works much better and hypnosis works by communicating with your unconscious mind. This is the place where we store all the memories and associations that trigger our anxiety and fearful responses.

Hypnosis helps to calm you and naturally lowers your stress level. It’s not actually possible to feel anxious and calm at the same time.You will learn new and more helpful responses in these situations which once caused you fear and anxiety.

Do you have a phobia or fear that is preventing you from living your life to the fullest?

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