Fear is a natural reaction to a stimulus that could potentially save our lives. It is a primal part of us that has maintained the survival of the human race. In our modern lives, this reaction can sometimes become problematic. This occurs when fear of something specific is uncontrollable, seemingly illogical and changes how we live our lives, for example, not wanting to go on holiday to avoid travelling on an aeroplane.
A phobia is an intense form of anxiety or fear related to a specific stimulus or event. We are well aware of the fear of spiders, heights and flying, but it is possible to have a phobia of anything you can imagine. Phobias can cause panic, anxiety, nausea, shaking and an increased heart rate.
A phobia can appear illogical and uncontrollable, but subconsciously, the fear is rational and helpful. Often a phobia is the result of a scary, even traumatic experience, usually developed during childhood. Let's take an example of a toddler playing with a balloon. The balloon pops loudly, terrifies the child and causes her to cry. The next time she sees a balloon, she automatically feels scared and wants to get away. This fear sustains throughout childhood and into adulthood due to the subconscious, illogical mind having stored that lesson as a young child. Her mind protects by utilising intense fear and anxiety to ensure she does not repeat the original traumatic experience.
It is easy as an adult to look at somebody else's fear and use common sense and logic to explain why there is no reason to be scared. But when your mind is on autopilot, doing everything it can to get away from the stimulus that triggers the phobia, it defies any amount of reasoning.
Your first Everyday Emotional Health session lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes as it includes a discussion of the consultation form. Following sessions can range from one hour to one hour and thirty minutes.
Your session will be recorded and uploaded to your Members' Area page so you can listen to the session and continue therapy at home.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to hypnotherapy. It is very much dependant on the individual and the issues that are being dealt with. Some people see dramatic changes in just a couple of sessions, while others may need five or more. Christopher will recommend if further sessions are required.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful solution for treating phobias because it deals with direct communication with the subconscious mind. You will spend time discussing the phobia with Christopher, including situations when it is triggered and how it makes you feel. Although it can be useful to understand the origins of a phobia, don't worry if you can't remember.
In hypnosis, Christopher will reframe negative thoughts and feelings surrounding the phobia and use techniques such as visualisation. These methods help you to feel comfortable, confident and in complete control at all times. You will not face your phobia until you are confident enough to do so. Feelings of fear and panic will be replaced with comfort and control.
Some people experience changes immediately, while others can take time. Reprogramming many years or even a lifetime of a phobia or fear does not always happen overnight. Remember, each session is recorded to enable you to continue therapy and reinforce those positive suggestions at home. Listening at home strengthens the session and helps to make the changes long-term. You will also learn self-hypnosis, supported by an audio recording uploaded to your Members' Area page. Like learning to ride a bicycle, practice and repetition is the key to reprogramming the mind.
If you are already under medical supervision for the treatment of a phobia, anxiety or a panic disorder of any kind, please consult your GP before starting a course of hypnotherapy.
If you are ready to book a session with Christopher at Mindscape Hypnotherapy, click the 'Book Now' button below. You can confirm an appointment online securely today and pay the fee at the end of your session.
Within one working day from making a booking, you will access a Members' Area page. Here, you will see details of your upcoming session, download and listen to your pre-session hypnosis recording, ask questions to Christopher and much more.
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