Hypnotherapy for phobias Sheffield
What are Phobias?
A phobia is an excessive and overwhelming fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are diagnosable mental disorders, as they tend to be more prominent and irrational than fears. They are common and have many causes: some people instinctively acquire them from copying their parents; others develop them through association from an unpleasant experience, incident or trauma; and many cannot pinpoint when their phobia emerged. However, phobias can be debilitating if they become very severe, as you may organise your life around it to prevent them from feeling anxious or distressed or to avoid panic attacks.
How Does Hypnotherapy for Phobias Work?
Essentially, a phobia is a conditioned response, which means that every time you encounter your phobia, your behaviour reinforces and strengthens it. However, hypnotherapy for phobias could help you break this cycle as it treats its root cause, which will ensure that it does not resurface later in life. At Focused Hypnosis, your hypnotherapist will use guided relaxation techniques to help you achieve hypnosis, where you will become totally relaxed and usually more susceptible to suggestion. Your hypnotherapist will work with you to disassociate your phobia with emotional distress and anxiety and help you deconstruct it so that it becomes more tolerable. Visit our blog to learn more about how does hypnotherapy work.
What to Expect from a Phobia Hypnotherapy Session?
At Focused Hypnosis, your first session will begin with your hypnotherapist explaining how hypnotherapy for phobias works. After that, you'll agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use. When tackling phobias, some therapists use exposure therapy, which brings the thing or object that the patient fears into the room. However, many people find this anxiety-inducing, so if you believe that you would not benefit from this form of treatment, we will not use it.
Then, the hypnotherapist may:
- Use guided relaxation techniques to help you achieve hypnosis;
- Use your agreed method to achieve your goal. For example, advising that flying is the safest form of travel, so you should not fear it.
- To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.
Dental phobia, or dentophobia, is common among people of all ages, and its severity can range depending on the individual. Most people develop this phobia because they had a bad experience at the dentist as a child, or they have at least one of these fears: the dentist, pain, numbness or gagging, sounds and smells, needles. If you dismiss your dental phobia and actively avoid the dentist, your dental health can deteriorate, and you will be more prone to tooth decay, gum disease and infection. Learn more about having a dental phobia.
Glossophobia is the medical term for the social phobia of fear of public speaking. If you have glossophobia, speaking in front of a group will probably trigger feelings of discomfort and anxiety for you. These can display themselves as uncontrollable trembling, sweating, nausea, and a racing heartbeat, and you may have an overwhelming urge to escape. If you think that you have a public speaking phobia, we have public speaking hypnotherapy services available.
Does the thought of flying turn your stomach? Do you avoid using air transport altogether? Well, you likely have a flying phobia, otherwise known as aerophobia or aviophobia. Often, flying phobias develop due to having an unpleasant experience with turbulence as a child or an adult. Learn more about the fear of flying.
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Benefits of Curing a Phobia with Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy sends you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body, which can improve your physical health, as it reduces nervous system activity, decreases blood pressure, slows heart rate, and accelerates the body's healing process.
- Hypnotherapy for phobias empowers you to take control of your life, as it helps you tackle your fear, so it becomes more tolerable.
- Unlike many forms of psychological treatment, you have the power when under hypnosis, as you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to.
- Hypnotherapy allows you to directly influence your future, as it delves into your unconscious to treat your phobia so it does not re-emerge later in life.
- Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications.
- Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Visit our page to find out more about how much is hypnotherapy.
Alternative Phobia Treatment Methods
Most phobias are curable, but no single treatment is guaranteed to work for all phobias. In some cases, you might need to combine your hypnotherapy sessions with a different form of treatment, such as talking treatments and medication. Talking treatments, such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, have been very effective for treating phobias. Medication is sometimes prescribed on a short-term basis to treat phobias' severe effects, such as anxiety. These include antidepressants, tranquillisers and beta-blockers. However, medication isn't usually recommended for treating phobias because it tends to have side effects, and talking therapies tend to be very effective.
Why Hypnotherapy is the Best Phobia Treatment?
Our phobias exist in our subconscious, and we learn the fear responses to them. Therefore, hypnotherapy is particularly effective at treating phobias because it can help you unlearn the fear response, build up your exposure to the phobia and, in time, ease the associated anxiety.
Will Hypnotherapy Help Cure My Phobia?
Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help tackling your phobia. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.
Side Effects of Phobias
Phobias have both physical and psychological symptoms, including:
- Feeling unsteady, dizzy, faint
- Heart palpitations or accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain or shortness of breath
- Hot or cold flushes
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Stress or feeling overwhelmed
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Weight loss or gain