Does your heart start beating faster and fear overtake you when you see a spider? Maybe even the sight of a small mouse in a cage makes you run screaming from the room? Many people have some type of phobia. A phobia is an irrational fear, the experience of which can produce an irrational response in a person. It may be something that causes no significant problem in their life, and is easily avoided, or it may be debilitating, leaving a person unable to function or leave their home.
Hypnotherapy can help you overcome your fear. First, you will be led by the hypnotist into a state of relaxation where you will experience a very calm and comforting state. This state will be anchored so that you can return to it whenever you may need to such as in the presence of a fear. Anchoring means that you will be given a way to help you return to this state such as a physical action like pressing the thumb and finger together or a certain phrase you can repeat.
The hypnotist will then very slowly introduce the feared object or situation, usually through recall of or regression to the feared stimuli. While you are in the relaxed state, the hypnotist will give the suggestion that you cannot be both in a fearful state and a relaxed state at the same time and you will stay calm and relaxed when confronted with the feared object or situation. Reframing will also usually be done where you are led to experience the cause of the phobia in a different manner with a different outcome.
The progression in introducing the known fear and the length of sessions needed will vary depending on the severity of the fear and other factors with each individual person, but a qualified competent hypnotist should be able to help eliminate or reduce phobias so that they are no longer affecting one’s quality of life.