What is an irrational fear or phobia
1 in 10 people will suffer from an irrational fear or phobia during their lifetime. It is when a person has an intense, obsessive irrational fear of a specific type of situation, place, animal, insect, object or person.
In the case of an irrational fear the fear doesn’t stop the person from doing anything but they experience symptoms of extreme anxiety and panic attacks may possibly occur when they are in the fearful situation.
In the case of a Phobia the symptoms are similar but the person avoids the situation completely. The complete avoidance can have a detrimental effect on their lifestyle and emotional wellbeing. There may be health implications, for example having dental phobia may lead to severe dental health issues or the avoidance of medical care could be life threatening.
Although there are hundreds of different types of fears/ phobias, some of the more common ones are;
- Animal Phobias (for example snakes, spiders , dogs, birds and other creatures)
- Situational Phobia (for example flying, lifts, thunder storms, heights)
- Agrophobia (fear of not being able to escape and fear of panic attacks)
- Social Phobia (involving fear of embarrassment and humiliation in social situations, crowds, using public facilities)
- Medical / Dental Phobia (fear of procedures and/ or medical places)
- Health Phobia (fear of contracting illnesses)
- Blood- Needle Phobia
- Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
Hypnotherapy is a very common therapy used routinely for the treatment of fears and phobias. I use a combined approach of NLP and CBT interventions within hypnosis which can effectively help you to reduce the worry and anxiety towards your fear/ phobia. I also work with you to help you change your fearful thinking patterns together with lots of calming techniques to enable you to be able to feel calm, confident and in control. In the case of social phobia or agoraphobia assertive training and general social and communication skills are also taught.