Phobias: Can Hypnosis help?

Everyone is afraid of something, but when our fears become persistent they can lead to anxiety and stress and this can affect our quality of life. [].

It’s important to remember that no one is born with a phobia. Phobias are developed over time, with many phobias finding their roots in childhood trauma. For example, being reprimanded by a teacher when giving a presentation in class, being stung by a wasp or falling off a climbing frame can cause a fear of dogs, insects and heights respectively.

Phobias are extremely common. There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but even with that knowledge they cannot control it.

Phobias are generally split into two groups: specific phobias and social phobia:

Specific phobias include fear of spiders, flying, or needles.

Social phobias include fear of public speaking, interacting with groups such as being around people in the school playground. Phobias are linked to the subconscious, and can often be helped using Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy helps to ‘soften’ the responses created by fear, changes the way you think, react and feel about the particular phobia. It enables you to register the phobia in a more positive, relaxed way thus removing the fear response when you come into contact with it again. When fear overpowers us, it stops us from enjoying life, and meeting challenges head on. Hypnotherapy helps you to build confidence and overcome the irrational fear as well as equipping you with coping mechanisms that will help you manage your fears so that they can’t overpower you.

A couple of techniques that may be used to help ease a phobia are as follows:

Visualisation: When hypnotised you may be asked to visualise your fears and visualise yourself conquering them, or them decreasing.

Encouragement: In the hypnotic state you could be encouraged to feel strong, fearless, and safe in the face of your fears.

Hypnosis is used in conjunction with talking therapy to change a person’s perspective, softening the immediate response they previously had to the problem.

Hypnotherapy for phobias [] can help, so contact Annette Sloly today. Based in Clifton, Bristol, Annette has helped clients manage a whole range of issues such as work-related stress, anxiety, fear of public speaking, peak performance, tinnitus and weight management issues. Call her directly on 0117 214 0706 or email