Freedom From Your Fears
What is a phobia? The word "phobia" comes from the Greek meaning "to
fear or dread", and is a more pronounced form of fear. The phobic
response can be terrifying and irrational, and totally out of a
person's power to control. Some phobias will take over an individual's
life, limiting their eating habits, ability to travel or even venture
out of their own home.
Phobias increase the
stress response, creating the "fight or flight" atmosphere in the body
which, over an extended period, adversely affects the immune system and
What Causes Phobias? A traumatic event can set the phobia into place; for example, a car accident can create a phobia about driving, or a meeting with a scary spider may ignite a terror of arachnids. Some people learn phobias from parents or other influential people in their lives. And in other cases, there doesn't appear to be rational explanation for a phobia, yet certain stimuli fire it off.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help? There are several ways to address phobic response through hypnosis. Hypnosis may be used to uncover the source of the phobia, if appropriate, and examine it from a detached and mature point of view. The client is then "desensitized" to the phobia-provoking stimuli as it is reframed to a more normal and tolerable influence.