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Attack of the Phobia

No matter how trivial or irrational it may seem to others, in the grip of fear you can feel paralysed, completely helpless, even by a small spider or the thought of going in a lift. In moderation, these phobias do little more than inconvenience you, but for a lot of people with phobias, simply being in the presence of something they fear causes:

• Irrational behaviour (climbing furniture or leaving rooms in order to avoid contact)
• Hyperventilation
• Sweating
• Nausea
• Inability to go about everyday tasks until the things they fear are no longer nearby.

As much as you might be able to put up with being phobic, and perhaps even laugh about it when you’re sure the things that trigger fear aren’t around, logically, why should fear of an object, an animal or a situation have power over you? Wouldn’t it be easier if you could go anywhere you wanted and do anything you pleased without having to check that there’s nothing to throw you into panic?

Why do I get so frightened?

In the back of your mind, you know that you’re bigger than the spider, that the clown is just a person like any other, and that nothing untoward will happen when it gets dark, so you might wonder why you have phobias in the first place. Most phobias begin as a healthy dislike, and then become amplified because of factors such as stress, negative childhood associations. Once anxiety enters the equation, your brain will respond by activating the ‘fight or flight response’ that it uses when you’re in danger, not realising that although the phobia scares you, it cannot hurt you.

Regain Total Control

Just over ten per cent of adults will develop a phobia at some point, so although you may be embarrassed by it, it’s not as uncommon as you may think, Phobias can be treated by convincing the brain that they are no reason to panic. A hypnotic trance takes you too a calm place, where inner anxieties can be tackled without triggering a negative reaction from the brain. People who’ve had phobia hypnotherapy often find that they feel:

• Perfectly comfortable with that which they once feared
• More confident in unfamiliar surroundings
• More spontaneous

If you’re ready to overcome your fears, let us help you oust them in the most soothing way possible. Contact us today and see how phobia hypnotherapy can enhance your life!

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Success Stories
Hypnosis South London
Social Anxiety / Professional Confidence - Public Speaking / Fear of Flying

"I'm now able to perform tasks that I thought were impossible a month ago"

I've suffered from constant anxiety for as long as I can remember, particularly from social anxiety and fear of public speaking, to the point that my office jobs were no longer manageable and I was very close to fall deeply into depression. I had very little self-confidence, despite having progressed in my career and achieved many of my professional and personal goals. However, I got to a point in which I wasn't able to progress any further due to my the constant fear of being evaluated and criticised by others, which paralysed me and stopped me from speaking up and being more visible. My day to day prior to the sessions was absolutely controlled by my anxiety and lack of confidence due to past experiences, mainly during my childhood. Having done a number of therapies before (eMDR, CBT) I was sceptical at first, but I wanted to give hypnotherapy and the BAGC6 a go. After around 13 sessions I can say that I'm in a much better place than when I started. My constant anxiety has hugely decreased, and I'm now able to perform tasks that I thought were impossible a month ago, like giving a speech in front of my colleagues without having a panic attack or simply socialising with new people at a party. My perspective on things is now different and I've gained new confidence which allows me to speak and interact with others without fear. Maria has been great in understanding my issues and creating a very tailored treatment (hypnosis, eMDR, etc) to tackle these. She's always been very determined and a firm believer in a full recovery which has been very helpful, particularly in moments when I wanted to give up. She's also giving me tools and techniques that I can use to manage emotions and to stay focused (like auto-hypnosis) and I'm using these almost on a daily basis to continue building on my confidence and resilience. As per the fear of flying, this is something that I still need to test, but I'm confident that I will have also overcome it in the same way that I've beaten my anxiety disorder. I can only be grateful to Maria for all her help and for believing in me since day 1, and totally recommend her treatment!

Thanks so much!
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