Overcoming Phobias and Fears with Hypnotherapy.
Did you know the majority of fears and phobias are learned? We are in fact born with only two fears, the fear of falling, and fear of loud noises.
Phobia definition compared to a fear
It’s perfectly natural to feel fearful of something which could be life threatening. It’s our subconscious mind’s way of keeping us safe, by giving rise to the ‘fight or flight’ response. A phobia is when the fear of something is irrational and occurs indirectly when the stimuli isn’t physically present. For example, a person hiking in the wilderness will feel fear when spotting a bear nearby, a normal response to keep them safe. However a person who feels fear when thinking about bears, or seeing a picture of a bear, has a phobia.
Sometimes a phobic response can transform to encompass a wider field. For instance, the person with a phobia of bears may choose not to go hiking in case they see one. Later in life they might become fearful of the hiking grounds. Or perhaps could become fearful of watching television in case they might see one on the screen.
Why do phobias occur?
Many people feel fearful of something at some point in their life, perhaps something since childhood. These fears can be a result of having a bad experience with the stimuli, such as being stung by a wasp. However fears can also be passed on as a learned behaviour. For example a young child who sees her mother responding in fear to wasp, learns that wasps are something to be afraid of. Or perhaps the child overhears a conversation about somebody being hurt by a wasp… As young children our subconscious mind is open to suggestion, and many of our deep seated life-long beliefs are formed at a young age. Sometimes we may find ourselves responding to a stimulus in fear, without consciously understanding why. This is because the learned belief is tucked away from our conscious awareness in our long term memory, which is stored in the subconscious.
Whilst in a relaxed state of hypnosis, I guide my clients to discover how their fear or phobia came about. This is executed with great care to not have the client re-experience any traumatic event, just to observe from a distance. Various therapeutic techniques are then employed to resolve any negative associations to the stimuli. I also work to desensitize my client to the situation or stimulus which once caused a panic response. This brings much relief as they can move forward free from their phobia.
I work with clients locally in Victoria BC Canada, and also online via private and secure chat room. Book a free consultation to find out how I can help you break free from fear, or contact me for further advice.