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A phobia is an irrational fear of a specific thing or situation. The impact of phobias can range from mildly distressing to completely debilitating. If you have a phobia you may change your behaviour to avoid situations or the things you fear. You may also feel a lack of control and feel foolish about your problem.

The list of phobias is endless. Some of the ones you may be familiar with include, fear of flying, spiders, snakes, heights, water, crowds, public speaking, social situations or confined spaces. Some of our fears are instinctive and exist on a very primal level, for example, a fear of spiders. These are called ‘simple’ phobias. Others are ‘process’ phobias, such as a fear of flying or public speaking. We can develop a phobia either from our direct experience, from observing someone else (often from our parents during childhood) or when we make a subconscious association that may seem to have no obvious connection).

Hypnosis allows you to access hidden subconscious thought processes. Using a range of techniques which may include regressing to a time a particular fear was learned, or being gradually exposed whilst in a trance state to the thing that you fear (Systematic Desensitisation) . In the safety of the therapy room you are helped to face the fear in a more rational and reasonable way, giving you a greater sense of control.

Flying Phobia