Clinical Hypnotherapy sometimes in association with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is very effective in the treatment of phobias. A phobia can be very distressing and restrictive for the sufferer, not only for the profound and seemingly inexplicable response to a particular thing or situation, but for the inability of others to really understand the true extent of the anxiety the affected person is experiencing.

The roots of a phobia are in the subconscious mind and it is for this reason that the conscious mind may be unaware of it until the feared stimulus or experience is experienced. The person does not know why they react the way they do and, more disturbingly for them, they don't know how to stop themselves reacting that way.

The brain is not like other organs in the body, whilst its basic functions remain fixed, the memory system is very plastic, i.e. it can be changed, beliefs are held in the memory and behaviour is based upon beliefs so you can change. If you think about it that must be the case as new memories have to be recorded each day. Look at the picture on the right, note the detail, the colours and shapes, recognise any emotion you associate with it, then close your eyes and still see that picture. You have now made a change to your brain, easy isn't it?

So if you think you cannot fly because you are frightened of doing so, cannot go into a room without first checking for spiders, cannot cross a high bridge or have one of the numerous other phobias that people have, including a phobia of having a phobia (Phobophobia) then can your mind not change to eliminate that irrational fear? If you have a phobia you may avoid doing things that you may otherwise have liked to do whilst telling (lying to) yourself that you wouldn't want to do that anyway because "It is not something I do".

Do you sometimes fear the worst?

Phobia removal using Clinical Hypnotherapy sometimes in association with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is actually very quick and generally very effective, after all, if your mind can learn to fear something it can be taught not to. There are several ways of doing this and the particular technique used for each patient will be decided upon and tailored to that patient. Sounds feasible but could it work for you? Of course it can, your mind is able to learn so you can free yourself from your phobia.

Treatment through Clinical Hypnotherapy is very effective, quick, gentle (sometimes a little less so) generally taking two or three sessions; it does not usually require regression techniques, treatment is usually being based upon most patients' desire to move on to a new way of living. In some cases regression techniques are used to look for and deal with an earlier triggering event which may actually appear very trivial when viewed in retrospect.

I just wanted to email you to say thank you. My life is so different now to before I saw you! I'm still a bit jumpy when there are pigeons flying at head height, but I'm so much more confident than I was and the closer I get to them the more confident I feel! I can't believe it. I didn't realise just how much of a restriction and a cause of upset my phobia had become and now I just feel free again. Thank you so much!"
Miss M. R.