Fears and Phobias

One of the roles of our subconscious minds, especially during our early development, is to ensure that we are programmed to avoid situations that put us in mortal danger.

The programming and the programme are entirely automatic and have to be incapable of being rationalised in order to be effective. If a truck is travelling towards us at speed when we’re crossing the road, we don’t have time to intellectually determine whether running out of the way is the appropriate response, our primitive mind kicks in and takes over before we are consciously aware of the danger.

Phobias are created when the subconscious creates this ‘instinctual’ response erroneously. A child whose parents are screaming at him because he has climbed onto a window ledge, may get a distorted impression of the dangers of high places. Alternatively, if he fails to see the significance of the drop, and is studying a spider at the time, a different template may be formed. The severity of the phobia is dependent on the level of emotional trauma experienced during this sensitising event. In later life, the response to the source of ‘danger’ is often dependent on your level of underlying anxiety, and the symptoms are the same as for the fight/flight response.

These are designed to maximise your resources to flee or to stay and fight and include;

  • nausea (to release energy used in digesting food)
  • hyperventilation and palpitations (to maximise oxygen to muscles)
  • chills (blood redirected from tissues)
  • blank mind and speech problems (brain focused on the source of fear)

Often the memory of the original event is repressed by the subconscious in order to ensure the integrity of the response pattern.

Hypnotherapy is able to resolve the majority of phobias in three sessions.

The treatment works by:

  1. Reducing your level of underlying anxiety and teaching you how to maintain a greater state of calm.
  2. Diminishing the emotional trauma associated with earlier experiences.
  3. Programming the subconscious with new behavioural patterns in response to the source of distress.

Can you imagine your life free of your phobias? Imagine all of the things you could do if it wasn’t an issue anymore.