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A phobia is an abnormal fear beyond voluntary control, triggered by a particular object or situation, which leads to avoidance of the provoking stimulus. Phobias can severely interfere with people’s everyday lives, yet many do not seek help. The good news however, is that no one needs to suffer in silence. There is help out there. Hypnotherapy & NLP are potent tools, which can assist in curing phobias.

Hypnosis & NLP allows the brain to quickly learn a new behaviour, so that fear & overwhelm can be replaced with confidence & calm. This is very empowering to the individual, enabling them to regain control instead of feeling that the provoking stimulus is controlling them.

What causes phobias to develop?
A large number of phobias stem from a traumatic childhood experience, although phobias can be developed at any time of life, for a number of reasons:

  • After a prolonged period of stress

  • After a series of anxiety inducing experiences i.e. work, children

  • Anticipatory fear of fear

  • Learned from someone else i.e. parents

In the case of a phobic response, the body reacts to the fear with the fight/flight survival response, which can manifest some of the following symptoms:

  • Sweating or panting with fear

  • Immobility

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Rapid heart beat

  • Muscle tension

  • Brick/butterflies in the stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Trembling

  • Faintness

Phobias can be categorised into:

o Specific phobias - fear of spiders, dogs, snakes, mice, insects or fear of heights, (acrophobia), fear of closed spaces (claustrophobia)

o Process phobias – fear of flying, dentists, driving, fear of exams/interviews.

o Social phobias – fear of interacting/socialising with others, fear of going to parties, fear of public speaking, fear of eating a meal in public, fear of being watched or humiliated doing something in front of others

o Agoraphobia – fear of open spaces

All of the above phobias & more have been successfully treated with Hypnotherapy & NLP.

Caring, professional Hypnotherapy sessions are available with
Marilyn Harvey on the numbers below:

Mobile: 07903 374 113
Tel: 020 8357 0981

Email: mharvey@londonhypnotherapy.net

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