Hypnosis for phobias

phobiaA phobia is an intense fear or morbid dread of a specific situation or object and often the phobic response is often disproportionate to the actual perceived threat, however, this does not lessen the impact or unpleasant effects upon the sufferer.

Fear is a normal and essential survival instinct which has a useful and protective function, however, when the perception of the perceived danger becomes out of proportion to the actual risk, a hypersensitive phobic response results.

Whilst fear is a perfectly normal response in certain situations and can be beneficial to our perception of danger and survival, the phobic response is overstated and exaggerated to the actual threat. Often phobic responses to certain stimuli arise as a means of coping with an unpleasant situation or scenario and are a protective mechanism which is maladaptive and ultimately, self limiting.

Phobias can be socially restricting and debilitating, where avoidance of a place, scenario or object becomes self limiting. In some instances, merely thinking about the phobic object or scenario can induce a phobic response, such as, feelings of overwhelming fear and panic, shortness of breath, increased heart rate .

As unpleasant as the phobic response is, it is a learned response and as such, it can be unlearned with help. Phobias and their responses are treatable with hypnosis.  During hypnotic process, the conscious (thinking) mind relaxes which allows the unconscious mind to let go of maladaptive responses and behaviours which have been restrictive and limiting. New coping strategies are learnt through both positive suggestion and addressing the root cause of the problem, to allow a safe and healthy response to stimulus in the future.


Hypnotherapy can help to treat phobias by replacing the fear with a more appropriate and calm response and through desensitisation to the stimulus which produces the phobic reaction.

Hypnosis for phobias can be used to treat and overcome your fear or phobia. Click on the following links for more information on how hypnosis can treat your phobias.

Hypnosis for fear of flying

Hypnosis for fear of public speaking

Hypnosis for fear of spiders

Hypnosis for fear of needles

Hypnosis for fear of dentist

Is fear and avoidance ruling your life? Is fear of  something preventing you from doing what you want, going where you want to be? Do you want to take charge of your life and start living your life?

Contact Jill, a West Yorkshire based Hypnotherapist, on 07866 089909 or by email jill@jillwilsonhypnotherapy.co.uk to discuss how hypnosis for phobias can help you deal with your fears and phobias.

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