Fears and PhobiasHypnosis for fears and phobias.
Hypnotherapist for Phobias and Fears
A phobia is an extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation.
A fear is an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by the anticipation or awareness of danger.
A phobia is similar to a fear with one key difference: the anxiety a person experiences is so strong that it interferes with their quality of life and/ or their ability to function.
Some of the most common phobias are listed below.
Types of Phobias – What Are Some of the Most Common Phobias?
The fear of spiders. This phobia tends to affect women more than men.
The fear of snakes. Often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences.
The fear of heights. This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.
The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.
Approximately one third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.
The fear of dogs. This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.
The fear of thunder and lightening. Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia.
The fear of injections. Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.
The fear of social situations. In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.
The fear of flying. Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.
The fear of germs or dirt. May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
These are just some of the most commonly reported phobias, though there are many more. Some of the above listed phobias can also be fears created by a traumatic experience.
A person might be afraid of flying because they were involved in a plane crash that they lived through. This would be an example of a rational fear. A person could have a fear of dogs because perhaps they were attacked by a dog at some time.
These are rational fears and can be treated with hypnotherapy for fears.
Can Phobias Be Treated With Hypnotherapy?
Yes, phobias can be treated with hypnotherapy!
Phobias are different because when someone has a real phobia, they spend an inordinate amount of time or make an unnecessarily large effort to avoid the thing they fear. These phobias go further than general fear, causing phobic people to constantly worry that they will encounter the object/situation that they fear.
Time and energy is often used to actively avoid the object of fear – and if they do come across it, they endure high levels of distress, experiencing nausea, shortness of breath and potentially even panic attacks.
The way that hypnotherapy can help with treating fears and phobias is on a spectrum or a scale. For example, if a person has a fear of spiders and on a scale of one to ten, they start at an anxiety or fear level of eight to ten, a hypnosis session would likely take the fear down a couple of numbers on that scale to a six or a seven. Then with subsequent sessions, the fear or phobia would likely continue to decrease on that spectrum.
Some people have a very fast response to hypnosis in regard to fears and phobias and their anxiety can drop dramatically in one session from a ten to even a two or a three. Other people take more time, but generally speaking, most people will experience a change or a decrease in their fear, stress and anxiety around that issue.
What Causes These Phobias?
While the phobia itself may be very specific, the root cause is often less so.
Phobias may emerge during childhood, pop-up randomly in adulthood or even occur as a result of a traumatic event involving the object of fear. Research has suggested that phobias could be linked to genetics, brain chemistry and even gender, women tend to be affected more often than men.
As a hypnotherapist in Lakewood Colorado, I have worked with several clients who experience phobias. This therapy can be as easy as one session or may need several depending upon the person.
If you suffer from irrational fears or a phobia, why not give hypnosis a try so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.