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Fears & Phobias

Do you experience a deep sense of dreed around specific situations, people, places or objects? 

Fears & Phobias: A Stress Response

Both genetic and environmnetal factors cause fears and phobias​. Children exposed to close relatives with an anxiety disorder are at risk of developing (learning) a phobia. Exposure to extreme heights, confined spaces, animal or insect bites, and exposure to distressing events such a nearly drowning, can all cause fear and phobia responses such as panic attacks.. 

A fear becomes a phobia if:

  • the fear is out of proportion to the danger

  • it has been going on for months

  • it has a significant impact on your day to day living.

The brain can only manage a certain level of stress and, as such, phobias tend to occur in response to stress overload. For example, someone may be experiencing a large level of stress in their lives and all of a sudden it becomes too much and triggers a phobic response. During a phobic response, the brain is hyperaware and trys to make sense out of the situation by identifying a causal threat in its immediate environment.


So, if this happens and you just happen to be looking or near some buttons then the brain may perceive butttons as the threat. It pairs the reaction (creates a specific asociation) to a specific in the environment. This is know as faulty learning.​​

Overcome Fears & Phobias with Hypnotherapy

If you suffer from fears or phobias, then its time to change. I can help you through a tailored combination of hypnotherapy and Nero-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is an effective form of treatment for phobias.

When you suffer from strong fears and/or have phobic attacks, it feels like impending doom and a deep sense of dread, and that its always going to be this way. This is what phobias do to your thinking. It makes you feel certain that you can never escape this way of being. 

It holds you back from going to certain places, being in certain situations, or being around specific objects. It stops you from enjoying the full experience that life has to offer. In short, phobia is dictatorship that scares you into submission.
But when you know how phobias develop, through a process of faulty mismatched learning, and are maintained, then you start to see a new dawn on the horizon.

During our very session together, we will ensure that you fully understand why you have this phobic response and feel this. It has a lot to do with the stress response and the association network in the brain, which leads to that faulty learning and that experience of paralysing fear.

The I will work swiftly to help you unlearn that phobic response, because anything that’s learnt can be unlearnt. Hypnosis & NLP are ideal treatments for phobias as it allows you to address what usually scares you from a dissociated perspective, where you will be feeling very calm and relaxed. 

When you leave my clinic after the first session, I would expect you to have had a significant reduction in your emotional response to the phobia. But of course, all new learning takes a little time to fully settle in and become consolidated in the brain.

During the second, and final session, we will check in to see how effectively your new way of perceiving that old phobia problem has become. I would expect you to have noticed a further significant reduction to where that old phobia barely bothers you at all. 

Fears and phobias if left untreated will be constantly reinforced through avoidance behaviours (safety behaviour) which can lead to long term anxiety and subsequent panic attacks. However, with the right support phobias can be eradicated, opening up a new world of possibilities. Phobias Neil Dolan Hypnotherapy Coaching Sheffield

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