The Peterson Practice

The Old Rectory Clinic,

High Street,

Iron Acton,

South Glos.  BS37 9UQ

T: 01454 300191


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Hypnotherapy for Fears and Phobia

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Fear is a rational and natural response to a perceived danger. We are born with some fears and the rest we learn through experience or by observing other's behaviour. However sometimes the brain can become stuck in such a state of vigilance that a rational fear overshadows the way that we think and act. When that happens it can become totally out of proportion and difficult to manage. Sometimes just being in a depressed or low mode is enough for us to develop irrational fears of events or objects which pose no real danger at all.

A phobia is an intense fear of an event or a specific object. They can range from the common – spiders, snakes and sharks – animals that actually could kill us if they wanted to the unusual – cotton wool, buttons and pigeons. Sometimes just the thought that the object of the phobia could possibly be nearby is enough to trigger intense anxiety in people who have severe phobias.

It’s estimated that over a million people in the UK suffer from a phobia which affects their quality of life. When phobias become severe they can generalise from one thing to other situations. An example of this is fear of flying following a turbulent flight which can turn into flying phobia and then generalise into fear of travelling on the tube.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, and the mental health charity Mind says it can be difficult to know when to seek treatment for a phobia. “If avoidance of the object, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your everyday life, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it may be time to seek help,” they say.

Because phobias usually occur after traumatic experiences rational approaches to eradicate them can be ineffective. Often phobias can be treated in just one session with hypnotherapy, depending on the willingness of the client to embrace the change, says the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). There are different types of hypnotherapy and skilled hypnotherapists may combine different forms or use hypnosis in conjunction with other treatments depending on the needs of their client.

If you have a phobia or a fear which is affecting your life then I have experience of helping clients to overcome these challenges and move forwards positively. Call me on 01454 300191 or email and I would be happy to discuss how I can help.