Social phobia, tunnels, flying in planes, insects, public speaking, lifts – there are 100s of things and situations that different people find extremely difficult to deal with. And when our fear responses shoot through the roof and interfere with our quality of life, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to take action, to regain control. At Quantum Hypnotherapy, we employ a gentle, safe process that is used widely in the USA and UK, and not as lengthy and uncomfortable as exposure therapy can be. Usually one or two sessions are all that is necessary.
Fear of public speaking or presenting can be almost paralysing for some. And it responds particularly well to a skilled hypnotherapist.
But just how do we know when our response to a stimuli is at a level that is out of kilter?
If we feel our body reacting with fear toward something or a situation so intensely that the level just isn’t commensurate with the real-world threat level or danger, we may be phobic. If our rational mind tells us one thing but our emotional brain isn’t listening, our system may be out of balance.
Heart racing, perspiring, breathing fast and shallow, uncontrollable urge to run away, phobias have little to do with logic but they are very real and can rob us of many experiences, left unchecked.
Common, garden-variety phobias include:
- Fear of Flying – Aviophobia
- Fear of Spiders – Arachnophobia
- Fear of Confined Spaces – Claustrophobia
- Fear of Heights – Acrophobia
- Fear of Needles – Trypanophobia
And so the list goes on. . .
Fear of flying or aviophobia is one of the most common, in fact about 1 in 5 people suffer from a flying phobia at some level. For some people it is a distinct phobia in itself and for others it can be a combination of other phobias such as a fear of heights (acrophobia) or a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia). One client, it turned out, had a fear of water and the thought of the plane dropping into the ocean meant that she had attached flying to water.
But The Plane I’m In Really Might Fall Out Of The Sky!
It might. And you could be walking down the footpath and a car could mount the kerb and hit you, (which is statistically more likely). Yet when you walk down the footpath, you probably don’t have a racing heart, break in a sweat or refuse to walk on footpaths.
So what’s the difference? We know at a logical level that flying is statistically the safest method of travel (despite some heavily reported incidents in the last couple of years), but for some of us anxiety takes over at the thought of boarding a plane. Even days before the flight. Or during the ride to the airport. This is an automatic response which is triggered by the subconscious mind via the emotional brain, if you will. And since this response is not a rational assessment, no amount of logic will successfully overcome the fear.
So Where Does Hypnotherapy Fit In?
Hypnosis and NLP can be thoroughly effective in a short period of time when it comes to phobias. They incorporate techniques that are precise but painless, and work with your subconscious mind, the part of the mind that houses the automatic process and produces the fear and panic. And reportedly, much more comfortably than exposure therapy.
They interrupt the automatic fear-reaction process the brain runs, and thus the the mind & body’s reactions to allow you to adopt a more realistic response that is in line with normal, sensible threat assessment.
We then work in a more generalized way with your anxiety responses to re-adjust the theromostat so you achieve a more calmer outlook in general. Often the benefits will flow out into other areas of your life you hadn’t even anticipated, as well.
If you’re ready to take that next step now, your first appointment with a FREE first 20 minutes to decide if Strategic Hypnotherapy is for you, is only a click away.