Fears & Phobias
Fear is actually a useful thing, but we can also develop fears and phobias which are unhelpful too. Discover how therapy could help you to feel more in control.
All about Fear
What is Fear?
Although fear can sometimes be helpful, we can also have fears or phobias which are not always helpful to us. Fears of objects or situations which, realistically, we know are unlikely to harm us, yet they cause intense feelings of fear and can often lead to a panic attack, or if left to develop, sometimes a phobia. Heights, spiders, flying, needles and injections, the dentist and confined spaces are some of the more common fears and phobias, but there are many others too.
Therapy for Fears & Phobias
The most appropriate therapy for you depends on your individual situation. Many people have found a combination of Hypnotherapy and CBT helpful for overcoming fears and phobias and talking with someone who is impartial and non-judgmental can help you to address your fears. Working with your subconscious mind, relaxation and anxiety release techniques can be taught which will enable you to develop a new calmer way of thinking and reacting, so that you can leave your fear in the past.
Below are some of the fears and phobias that I have helped people with. If your fear or phobia isn’t listed, please get in touch to discuss your situation.
Fear of Public Speaking
Fear of Flying
Fear of Escalators
Fear of Lifts
Fear of Falling or Tripping Over
Fear of Dogs
Fear of Snakes
Fear of Spiders
Fear of Bees & Wasps
Fear of Insects
Fear of Needles & Injections
Fear of Blood
Fear of Hospitals & Medical Treatment
Fear of the Dentist
Fear of MRI Scans (confined spaces)
The most appropriate type of therapy for you depends on your situation and the problem or issue you would like to address.
Many people find a combination of Hypnotherapy and CBT helpful for fears and phobias and most therapy sessions will involve a blend of different psychological therapies depending on your situation. We will discuss your situation at your first session and decide on the best approach for you.
Standard therapy sessions are 50 minutes in order to maximise concentration and get the best from the process. Your first session is usually a little longer (approximately 60 to 90 minutes) to allow sufficient time to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have.
Therapy sessions provide a time and space for you to explore your situation. During your first session, we will discuss a number of areas connected with your problem or issue including everyday events, problems, feelings, thoughts, memories, past experiences and the future. At each session, we will discuss your progress since we last met and a combination of therapy techniques will be used during your session, to help you get to where you want to be.
You may also be given exercises or tasks to complete between your sessions to build on the work done during your session and to help you develop new skills and responses to enable you to overcome the problem or issue.
Hypnotherapy sessions are typically 2 to 3 weeks apart as this allows sufficient time for your subconscious mind to process new ideas and for you to start making changes.
We will discuss the frequency and number of sessions during your first session.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in therapy, so it’s difficult to say exactly how many sessions you may need because everyone is different and some people experience changes more quickly than others.
The number of sessions required also depends on the problem or issue, along with your level of motivation and participation in your therapy sessions.
Generally speaking, most people find between 4 to 6 sessions helpful and occasionally further sessions may be required.
If you are committed to making changes, you have a good chance of succeeding. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect the outcome of therapy and for this reason, it is unethical to offer any guarantee of success.
Talking therapies have a good track record in helping people to make lasting changes, however everyone responds differently and therefore results may vary from person to person. Your motivation and participation are the key to success, so you need to play your part too.
The problems or issues that people often seek help with, have usually occurred as a result of past experiences and unhelpful thought processes. In order to overcome a problem or respond differently, the desired change comes from within; therefore, we need to change our thoughts and behaviours.
During your therapy sessions, you may be shown how to use self help tools and techniques to enable you to make the changes that you desire. How you use these tools and the level of effort applied, will affect how quickly you experience positive changes. Remember, your motivation and participation are the key to your success.
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If you have any questions or are unsure whether therapy is right for you, I offer a 20 minute online free initial consultation via Zoom. This is an opportunity for us to meet, discuss what you’d like to change and how we can work together. I’ll also explain the face to face or online therapy options and we’ll talk about the number of sessions you might need.