Fears & Phobias2019-10-01T11:56:21+00:00

Fears & Phobias

Fear is a reaction to danger that concerns both the mind and body. It can serve a protective purpose, signaling you of a real danger and preparing you to deal with it. Or it can be disruptive, reacting to imaginary dangers causing you to panic unnecessarily. Fear is a natural response, caused by what the brain perceives to be a threat, or danger. A phobia, on the other hand, is an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no real danger. Although it is normal and even helpful to experience fear in dangerous situations, with phobias the fear is greatly exaggerated or imagined.

Everyone experiences fear in their lives. It is very common to feel a little anxious the evening before a long flight, or feel a little dizzy when looking down from a great height. These feelings are usually temporary and manageable. For those living with phobias however, this unease becomes a persistent and all-consuming anxiety with the power to turn into overwhelming panic.

“I initially went to Annette to help tackle a fear of flying that was starting to affect my working life. Within a few sessions, I saw a huge improvement in my anxiety levels during take-off and landing which I am confident will reduce further over the coming months. What I didn’t expect from this experience was the new feeling of calmness and general positivity that is now part of my daily life. I am very grateful to Annette as I think hypnotherapy has been genuinely life-changing for me.”

Sarah, 34, TV Executive

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.

I look forward to hearing from you.  To arrange an appointment to see me at my clinic at Comfort Health in Clifton, Bristol, please call me on 0117 214 0706 or email me hello@annettesloly.com.  Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch by filling in a contact form by clicking here

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