People with claustrophobia have fears associated with enclosed spaces or places where it may be impossible to escape quickly, such as elevators, airplanes or trains. Some sufferers even feel claustrophobic in MRI scanners. Because of their fear, people with claustrophobia often try to stay away from tight areas. Sufferers also try to sit close to doorways or along the sides of a room, versus being in the center. Claustrophobic people frequently suffer panic attacks when they begin to feel “trapped” or enclosed. For some, being in a tight area is as horrifying as the thought of being buried alive. Suffering a panic attack in a tiny space can be a shocking time for claustrophobic people and those near them. When a person’s claustrophobia is triggered, they will often suffer panic attacks, trouble breathing, physical illness, passing out, and other, often extreme, responses. A person may develop claustrophobia at any age or due to a traumatic incident, but it often begins during childhood. Claustrophobia may be aggravated by many different situations, which may be different from person to person. For example, some sufferers might only feel anxious while on an elevator, while other people find that crowds trigger their condition. Regardless of the specific situation, claustrophobia and similar phobias tend to have a negative impact on people’s daily lives and personal satisfaction. Phobia sufferers often develop avoidant behaviors and suffer a decreased quality of life as they arrange their lives around their phobia. For some people, the fear of embarrassment over their fears is as difficult as the phobia itself. Some sufferers recognize that their feelings are overblown and illogical, but can’t seem to keep their composure. This is because phobias are rooted deep within the unconscious mind, which no amount of conscious willpower can fully control. This makes controlling phobias particularly challenging. Claustrophobia is relieved by anti-anxiety medication or counseling. Hypnotherapy is an ideal, safe and non-invasive type of therapy with no harmful side effects. It works by targeting the deeper causes of fear in the unconscious mind to rapidly cure a phobia. In particular, a system that uses Ericksonian hypnosis techniques and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can be used to treat a phobia. This revolutionary program uses numerous techniques to help people beat their fears. The initial step in curing a phobia is helping the phobia sufferer become at ease and stress-free. Hypnosis techniques have long been used as a type of relaxation therapy, to allow people to focus deeply and clear their minds. Traditional hypnosis has made use of direct, post-hypnotic suggestions to help treat phobias. The problem with the direct suggestion is that the mind tends to reject being merely “told” what to think. So many people put up mental blocks to acceptance of suggestions. In modern days, people are especially likely to reject direct suggestions since we are independent minded people who question everything. Relaxation is the very essence of hypnotherapy. Once set the relaxed state, rather than using direct suggestions, a better approach known as systematic desensitization can help cure a phobia through visual cues. Ericksonian hypnosis uses a more innovative approach than conventional hypnosis therapy. It uses indirect suggestions hidden in captivating stories and metaphors to engage the unconscious mind and convince it to adopt a desirable, phobia-free thought process. Due to the fact that indirect suggestions do not need to be tailored for a single phobia like direct post-hypnotic suggestions do, a single good Ericksonian hypnotherapy program will work to eliminate any phobia or even more than one phobia at a time. NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is a unique type of therapy that many expert hypnotherapists have adopted. The best NLP technique for fighting a phobia is called the Visual – Kinesthetic Disassociation, also referred to as the V/K. The V/K is called the one session phobia cure, and for good reason. Phobic or anxiety reactions (attacks) occur because traumatic experiences are associated with and aggravated by mental images. With the V/K, the traumatic experiences are disconnected from the mental images – often in one session, and the fear is virtually extinguished. People fighting with claustrophobia can attain relief with hypnosis. The use of Ericksonian hypnosis therapy with NLP techniques will help all people escape their fears. Hypnosis therapy has helped countless people feel safe and comfortable doing activities where earlier, they would’ve suffered a breakdown. Hypnotherapy has provided phenomenal benefits for people afflicted with phobias and continues to change lives every day.