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Hypnosis for Phobias

Our hypnosis for phobias protocol helps you to overcome your fear or phobia in a safe and calm environment. Hypnotherapy is seen as a highly effective systematic method of treating fears and phobias.

We use a combined therapeutic approach of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy to treat clients by creating an individualised plan for each individual phobia. We recognise that everyone is different and therefore the approach needed for treatment must be tailored to the client.

When you come for treatment, we will begin by finding out a bit about your phobia, how it affects your life and why you have decided to do something about it now. Then we will use  NLP techniques to help break down your phobia and create a hierarchy related to the anxiety your phobia causes you. For example, often people who are scared of spiders are more fearful of little spiders than larger ones. The hierarchy we create with you will rank the anxiety in order from calm through to the worst anxiety your phobia can make you feel.

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I just wanted to let you know that yesterday was incredible! I wouldn’t have believed how calm I was compared to usual – to the point that I helped another fearful flyer across the aisle by talking to her all through the landing, whereas I would normally be clinging on to my husband and son’s hands. Can’t thank you enough. Ashleigh


Using this hierarchy, we then use a process known as systematic desensitisation, which is conducted whilst in hypnosis. Systematic desensitisation is a gradual approach whereby you are exposed to the stimulus in your mind in a way which enhances relaxation. The idea is to get you to relax at each step. This is because anxiety and relaxation are incompatible states, meaning that if you are relaxed then you cannot be anxious.

What many people don’t realise is that anxiety can only last so long before it begins to drop down again. Usually, when an individual is faced with their phobia they will get themselves away as quickly as possible in order to reduce the anxiety. However, if they were able to ride out the anxiety and show themselves that what they are fearing is irrational, then they begin to rewire their brain and respond differently. It is important to realise that we are NOT going to make you face your phobia in the sessions. By using the hierarchy and an established place of relaxation, we help you imagine the stimulus in a safe and systematic order.

We are able to successfully treat you without having to make you face your phobia in the flesh. This is because the brain cannot distinguish between something that is real and something that has been vividly imagined.

Fears and Phobias

Fear is a natural and essential response created by our brains to something that is dangerous in order to keep us safe. It is a survival instinct which works to keep us from harm and is perfectly rational.

A phobia, however, is an irrational fear that is brought on by an object, activity or situation where there is little or no danger. People with phobias are usually well aware that the phobia is irrational, but because they have had it for so long they do not know how to react any differently.

As humans, we are born with only two fears: loud noises and falling. Every other fear or phobia that can and has been developed by humans is a learned response. This is good news because if you can learn to be afraid, then you can also learn to be unafraid. Learn to be unafraid today with our Hypnosis for Phobias treatment protocol.

Categories of phobia

  • Specific Phobia – This is a phobia which is triggered by something specific. Examples of this would be a fear of spiders, a fear of driving, etc. These fears usually develop early in a person’s life and continue on into adulthood
  • Social Phobia – This is the fear of being judged by others. Examples of this would be fear of embarrassment, fear of incompetence, etc. People who suffer from social phobia feel severe discomfort and anxiety in social situations. This type of phobia develops when you are an adult.
  • Agoraphobia – This is a fear of situations or places that cause the individual to feel trapped, embarrassed and helpless. Panic attacks and acute anxiety are often strongly attached to this. Agoraphobia can have a devastating effect on an individuals life, however, as with all phobias it can be overcome. Like social phobia, this type of phobia develops when you are an adult.

Causes of phobias

Phobias generally begin in the early years of an individual’s life. Quite often, the phobia is a learned behaviour from a family member or close friend. When a child is growing up, they model those around them to make sense of the world and how they should act within it. If a family member is seen to react to a stimulus with severe anxiety, then the child models this behaviour and treats it as the correct way to react to the given stimulus. It is not uncommon for people to say they don’t know why they have their phobia and logically they have no reason to be afraid. Other causes of phobias include traumatic experiences and an imbalance in brain chemicals. Although phobias often begin in childhood, it is not uncommon for them to develop later on in life.

Common Phobias

Infographic - Most common phobias in the UK


Our hypnosis for phobias treatment programme is a three-session process. We ask that you budget your time and money for this many sessions. Each session is charged at £60 for 60 minutes. Remember that this is an investment in yourself. You won’t just respond differently the first time you face your fear, but you will respond differently for the rest of your life.

Something to think about

A fear or phobia is not something that you should be embarrassed about getting treatment for. There are hundreds of different phobias ranging from well known to relatively less well known and nearly everyone has one to some degree. You will never be judged or made to feel embarrassed by your phobia when you come for treatment and you will never be forced to face anything you really don’t want to face.