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Fears and Phobias


Fears and Phobias

A fear or phobia is an unconsciously learned response perhaps as a result of something you experienced or learned from a caregiver. Phobias can be extreme and paralysing even though you know rationally that there is nothing to be afraid of.


When you experience the subject of your fear or phobia, your primitive brain (the amygdala) immediately refers to your hippocampus, which stores the original fear event (like a filing cabinet) perceives it as a threat which then triggers the hypothalamus to flood your system with adrenaline and cortisol. This creates the horrible, physical ‘fight or flight’ panic attack feeling you get when from your phobic subject (flying, needles, dogs, spiders, clowns) and exacerbates things by creating a ‘fear of the fear’.


"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear" 

Mark Twain


Symptoms include:

  • sweating

  • trembling

  • hot flushes or chills

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • a choking sensation

  • rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)

  • pain or tightness in the chest

  • a sensation of butterflies in the stomach

  • nausea

  • headaches and dizziness

  • feeling faint

  • numbness or pins and needles

  • dry mouth

  • a need to go to the toilet

  • ringing in your ears

  • confusion or disorientation

The good news is, hypnotherapy is a very effective way to change these associations at a subconscious level. Using trance I will guide you into a deep state of relaxation when we can rewind and reframe which will remove any irrational fears and replace them with healthier more rational responses.


Don’t let fears or phobias limit your lifestyle.


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