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Freedom from a phobia can mean a complete change to your everyday life. The world will feel less threatening as your new self confidence enables you to increase your day to day happiness.

The word “Phobia” is taken from the Greek word “Phobos” meaning “fear” and is defined as a persistent, abnormal and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation.

We are only born with two fears; the fear of sudden loud noises and the fear of falling. All other fears are learned behaviours from past experiences in our lives which is also known as “conditioned learning”.

So what is a Phobia?

It is useful to understand that fear is a normal human emotional reaction which is triggered whenever we sense an actual danger signal or are confronted with an unknown situation which we perceive to be dangerous. Therefore, a degree of fear is natural and can help keep us from harm.

The difference between this natural reaction and a phobia is that a phobia is an acute and overwhelming intense fear or extreme anxiety which occurs only in a particular situation. These acute, irrational fears are often a result of either an upsetting childhood incident or a significant “one off” traumatic experience from our past.
Often people are aware that there appears to be no rational basis for the fear or phobia but knowing this doesn’t seem to help. In fact, in most cases, it just adds to the sense of frustration. Sincere efforts of help from friends or family, although well intentioned, can often make things worse or at very best are ineffective. This is because a phobia is a programmed response from the unconscious mind and therefore the problem needs to be addressed in a different way.

How do I know if I have a phobia?

People can develop phobias to all sorts of things and there is an ever increasing list of names thought up by creative counsellors for each one. Although a Phobia can lead to a panic attack, it is important to understand that a panic attack can come from anxiety disorders with a phobia usually being associated to a specific real or imagined situation or event.

The good news is that what has been learned can be unlearned!

I use NLP techniques and hypnotherapy to effectively remove the cause of the phobia quickly and permanently, usually only taking one or two sessions meaning you don’t have to wait to feel better unlike other “therapies” where you are expected to talk about and live through your fears over many weeks, months and in some cases even years!



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