Phobias and fears
Just some of the phobias that I work with include, but are not limited to:
- Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)
- Claustrophobia (Fear of closed spaces)
- Social Phobias
- Fear of flying or air turbulence
- Fear of authority
- Fear of Bees and wasps
- Fear of blood
- Fear of cats
- Fear of Dogs
- Fear of choking
- Fear of commitment
- Fear of crowds
- Fear of death
- Fear of Doctors and dentists
- Fear of eating in public
- Fear of lifts or escalators
- Fear of fainting
- Fear of failure
- Fear of furry animals
- Fear of insects
- Fear of spiders
- Fear of snakes
- Fear of vomiting
- Fear of the dark
- Fear of germs
- Fear of ghosts
- Fear of hospitals
- Fear of MRI scans
- Fear of Pain
And more.. If you don’t see your specific phobia on the list, do give me a call as I work with a variety of issues and can help.
There are a few different types of phobias:
Specific phobia– Fear of something specific e.g. spiders, flying, enclosed spaces etc.
Social phobia– Fear of social situations. e.g. being embarrassed, humiliated in front of other people.
Then there are just fears. Often hidden fears that you might have about particular situations, people etc. that can often hold us back in life.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fly again- go on a holiday? Or perhaps not run at the sight of every spider or insect you see. Or even feel relaxed, comfortable and in control in social situations without the fear of being humiliated or embarrassed? Or just not have to live with the fear of certain things.
How does Therapy for phobias work?
Often an event may have occurred in the past which may have triggered an inappropriate fear of something, e..g rats, flying, spiders, frogs, snakes, reptiles etc. or you may have learnt this behavior. For example, if your mother screamed each time she saw a dog- your subconscious mind learn that a dog is to be feared (even though you may consciously may not be aware of it) and thus you may develop an phobia of dogs. Imagine then hearing the occasional horror story about dogs- e.g. stories from the media about dogs attacking people. This as well as other things can often lead to your fears about dogs being reinforced- and thus can lead to a full blown phobia of dogs which can become problematic if not addressed.
Phobia responses can sometimes be due to an experience/s from our past or are learnt behaviors that we learn from other people, media etc. that can often be reinforced over time. Some anxieties can be associated with certain fears or objects and can often lead to irrational phobias. such as phobias of shoes, buttons etc.!
With social phobias, in most cases this is a result of a traumatic event/s from the past. e.g. being bullied at school or put down by others. In this case, the underlying issues and the initial sensitising events would need to be addressed and hypnotic regression may be an option.
Phobias’s can get worse over time as they can be reinforced by our irrational beliefs about the fear as well as other situations we may come across in our lives. That’s why its important to seek help ASAP
You won’t leave the sessions absolutely loving spiders, or flying, being around loads of people, or whatever your phobia is- but you will feel more comfortable being around your phobias and just doing the things you’ve always wanted to do.
Contact me today to potentially get rid of your fear or phobia and live your life to the full.
If you do not see your issue on the treatment list please do give me a call as I work with a variety of issues and can help.
Sidra Khan: MBPsS, MNCH (Reg), D. Hyp, C.Hyp, PNLP
Fully qualified and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist
Contact: 07526 000360