Many people are effected by phobias and/or anxieties. Some can manage by avoiding their particular problem, for others the phobia can be totally debilitating and restrict life’s normal activities and pleasures.
Many of my clients feel embarrassed about their fear, seeing it as a ridiculous reaction to something that most people wouldn’t give a second thought to. I stress to all of them that nothing is trivial if it causes concern and no one should have to tolerate restriction to living his or her normal life.
What Are Phobias?
A phobia is an excessive or unreasonable fear of an object, place or situation. Simple phobias are fears of specific things such as insects, infections, flying. Agoraphobia is a fear of being in places where one feels “trapped” or unable to get help, such as in crowds, on a bus, or standing in a queue. A social phobia is a marked fear of social or performance situations.
Phobias are extremely common. Sometimes they start in childhood for no apparent reason; sometimes they emerge after a traumatic event; and sometimes the develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic (e.g. “I feel fearful, therefore I must be afraid of something”).
When the phobic person actually encounters, or even imagines being in the presence of the feared object or situation, they experience immediate anxiety. The physical symptoms of anxiety may include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, chest or abdominal discomfort, trembling, etc. and the emotional component involves an intense fear – of losing control, embarrassing oneself, or passing out.
Commonly people try to escape, and then to avoid the feared situation wherever possible. This may be fairly easy if the feared object is rarely encountered (e.g. fear of snakes) and avoidance will not therefore restrict the person’s life very much. At other times (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia) avoiding the feared situation limits their life severely. Escape and avoidance also make the feared object/situation more frightening.
With some phobias the person may have specific thoughts which attribute some threat to the feared situation. This is particularly true for social phobia where there is often a fear of being negatively evaluated by others, and for agoraphobia when there may be a fear of collapsing and dying with no one around to help, or of having a panic attack and making a fool of oneself in front of other people.
How to Lose Your Phobia
By using a combination of therapeutic and motivational techniques including Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Emotional Freedom Therapy I set out to find the cause of the problem and reframe the response, separate the emotion from the ‘trigger’ and build confidence to ensure full and permanent release of negative reactions.
Every client has individual issues and levels of anxiety, so ever treatment is tailored to their individual needs.
I aim to release phobias permanently within 3 treatments. I also offer a single intensive session for more urgent cases. As with all my treatments I guarantee the results and offer ongoing support.
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