Hypnotherapy in Sheffield could help remove your phobia

How do phobias develop?

Most phobias start for one of three reasons.

You inherit it

This is usually from a parent. We instinctively copy our parents and this is usually a good idea. Unfortunately if you parent has a phobia of clowns then there is a chance that you will too.


Linking an unpleasant experience with a thing or item can lead to a phobia developing. This is even possible if the object had nothing to do with the negative experience.

It just does!

Sometimes people have a phobia and absolutely no idea at all as to how it developed.

Does hypnotherapy for phobias involve exposure therapy?

Many people we work with are initially worried that we will expose them to their phobia in real life. If you have a fear of spiders we will NOT bring spiders into the room and make you cope. We do not believe that this is the best way to bring about change.

How does hypnotherapy combat phobias?

if you have a phobia then hypnotherapy could be the way to change your thoughtsHypnotherapy could help you get a different perspective on your phobia. That part of you that knows that your fear is silly or irrational can be made louder and bigger.

The part of you that has developed the fear can also be reduced and put aside so you can feel better and happier. It really doesn't matter where you got your phobia from or why. Through hypnotherapy you will be able to focus on how you want to feel in the future.

Many people in Sheffield have found that hypnotherapy can help you get over your phobia, as my many reviews prove.

Rational thinking doesn't usually help

hypnotherapy sheffield spider phobiaI regularly treat people at my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice for phobias and have had some amazing results. You may know that it is irrational to be so afraid of spiders/clowns/balloons or whatever your phobia is but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with.

In fact, it can sometimes make it worse when you know on one level that a tiny little English spider could never hurt you and yet you are afraid of it. You can rest assured that I will take your phobia very seriously, even if you think it's silly or embarrassing.
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How common are phobias?

Much more common than you might realise. Most people keep their phobia to themselves and it isn't too big a problem for them. For some people though, phobias take over their life and really get in the way.

The good news though is that phobias are often:

  • Effectively addressed through hypnotherapy
  • Quickly treated
  • Reduced or removed in the majority of cases

Hypnotherapy in Sheffield with Focused Hypnosis could be just what you need to end your phobia and start living your life on your terms once again.

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Conrad G.
Conrad G.
Ultimately, I realised hypnotherapy isn't what I am looking for but Richard nevertheless gave great advice and showed a real understanding of my... issue. With his help I am confident in moving forward and thinking more about the future and less about the past!read more
Gabriella L.
Gabriella L.
I got in contact with Richard because I was struggling with confidence and anxiety around my placement as a student paramedic. I had previously been... having CBT sessions, which were okay but not impactful enough for me. Whilst having an occupational health check, I was encouraged to try hypnosis, and a Google search later, I came across Richard. I was a little dubious at first, because I thought that I would not be able to go into trance and that it wouldn't work for me. But Richard had no doubt about the former. He talked me through all my questions and concerns and reassured me that if it wasn't for me, I would get my money back. He also highlighted to me that hypnosis is not a magic wand, it doesn't solve the problem for you; it gives you the tools to help you help yourself.Listening to Richard is like being immersed in honey; his words and the way he speaks makes you feel safe and calm. Being in a trance is like that period before you fall asleep. And it was so easy to get there. I was aware of everything at the time, but now I look back on it, I wouldn't remember the things that Richard was saying to me. If I wanted to move, I could have done, but I was so relaxed that I didn't even want to move my hand to scratch my nose. After every trance, I awoke feeling absolutely amazing and so good about myself. I don't feel like hypnosis particularly helped me when I think about it. However, it must have done, because I have since become a qualified paramedic. My mentor said that the change in my behaviour and confidence was profound. Maybe my conscious mind is unaware of the changes in my subconscious and that's why I don't feel different? I don't know how this stuff works, but I suppose it did! So, thank you Richard, you've helped me open the door to my brand new career.The only reason why Richard doesn't get 5 stars is because he forgot about one of our appointments and turned up 15minutes late, and I wasn't emailed a copy of our second recording session and was therefore unable to listen to it in my free time.read more

"I have flown to Holland and back with ZERO anxiety and am looking forward to flying to Portugal in a couple of weeks"

Tim's fear of flying phobia review

This Ted Talk on phobias is only short but really interesting and well worth a watch

No phobia is "strange" or "weird"

When people tell us what their phobia is they often start their confession with the words "You will probably think this is strange but..." or "I'm so weird..."

Phobias are not strange or weird. They are often a perfectly normal and understandable reactions. They are often due to uncontrolled thoughts and feelings that are practised and made familiar.

Thirteen of the most common fears and phobias in the UK

A study of 2000 people done by the polling company Yougov found the thirteen most common fears and phobias. People were asked to rate possible phobias from 'not at all' to 'very afraid'. The results are from people who responded that they were very afraid or a little afraid. Some of the fears and phobias are very common, some are a little surprising.

    1. Fear of heights = 56%
    2. Public speaking phobia = 56%
    3. Snake phobia = 52%
    4. Claustraphobia = 43
    5. Fear of spiders = 42%
    13. Fear of mice = 26%
    8. Flying phobia - 24%
    9. Fear of crowds - 21%
    10. Fear of the dark - 15%
    11. Blood phobia- 14%
    12. Dog phobia - 14%
    13. Fear of clowns - 12%

Phobias aren't unusual - don't feel bad if you have one

Many people we have treated at the Focused Hypnosis Sheffield hypnotherapy practice had a phobia which had taken over their life to some extent. Through hypnotherapy we helped them to move past it and to enjoy their life once again. Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way of addressing a phobia.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in Sheffield have a phobia but as a lot of people keep their phobias secret this figure could be much higher
  • Phobias may be about unusual things but they can generate very real fears and worries
  • Just because you have had a phobia for a long time doesn't mean it can't go in a very short amount of time
Dentist's light

If you have a dental phobia you probably have quite a few uncontrolled thoughts. Hypnotherapy can help you to regain control and to see a dentist without feeling like you used to.

public speaking microphone

A public speaking phobia is the most common fear in the UK. Hypnotherapy can be a great way to change how you feel about speaking in public. It is completely natural and can be very effective.