A phobia is an extreme form of fear which is excessive in comparison to the level of threat posed by the situation or object which triggered it. It can be triggered by a wide variety of objects and situations.
Having a fear or phobia is completely different from simply being scared or disliking something. Many of us dislike spiders for instance. If you have a phobia this is much more than a dislike and it involves a physical and emotional response. It is not unusual for people to organise their lives around avoiding the object or situation.
Symptoms may include:
- Dizziness, even fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
- Crying and screaming
- An overwhelming need to run away
- Increased heart rate or palpitations
As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapists I see people for phobia therapy over 4 sessions and use a very robust method for updating the part of the brain that holds the phobic response. We do not use any sort of exposure techniques but work on reducing stress and with a solid understanding of neuroscience. It allows to people to cope better than they ever thought possible. You will be able to get on with life feeling free from the old feelings that held you back.