Phobias are irrational fears which are beyond control and lead to the avoidance of the situation or thing that is feared. Regardless the object that is feared, symptoms of phobias are usually the same: sweating, trembling, racing heart, thumping in the chest, blushing or butterflies in the stomach. It is known that repetition forms the habit. This is why, repeated over and over in the presence of the trigger, phobia symptoms will only get worse in time.
While some cases of phobia are OK to live with, although the phobic person feels uncomfortable in the presence of the trigger, more severe cases can be debilitating. These cases should be treated. The doctor may prescribe the typical hypnotherapy treatment for phobias or direct the patient to a NLP specialist.
An alternative to a hypnotherapy treatment for phobias, a patient could undergo another type of therapy, called systematic desensitization. This means that the phobic person is gradually exposed to the situation that triggers his reaction, until he becomes able to control his behaviour to the point where the phobia is gone. This exposure should be done with maximum care and with the patient’s cooperation, because it can be extremely traumatic. Hypnotherapy does not need to be traumatic.
The purpose of hypnotherapy sessions is to discover the roots of the phobia, the underlying cause that triggered it initially. This could be some trauma the phobic person suffered earlier in life and which he doesn’t consciously remember. It is well-known that our subconscious mind has the power to repress unwanted memories, so we can never remember them without specialized help. This is how our mind protects itself from damage.
In the initial stage of a session of hypnotherapy treatment for phobias, the patient is induced a state of deep relaxation. The hypnotherapist will use special relaxation techniques that may start with the relaxation of each group of muscles and end with a state of calm, well-being and happiness which can be attained in as little as 15 minutes.
While in this state, hidden memories can be brought up to the surface by a process called hypnotic regression. The hypnotherapist will guide the subject during the whole experience and will know when the cause of the phobia was reached. From there, the hypnotherapist will lead the patient to visualize himself in the phobia-triggering situation, but with no feelings of anxiety or fear. New responses to old situations can be acquired during the same hypnotherapy session.
Depending on the severity of the phobia, the patient may go home cured after one single session or he might need to undergo three-four more sessions in order to get rid of his irrational fear for good.
If you suffer from any debilitating phobia, you should definitely seek help. Why endure those fears which make absolutely no sense to others but shorten your life or make it miserable, when you can be fine in as little as two or three hypnosis sessions? Anyway, make sure you choose the hypnotherapist very well, because trust and professionalism are extremely important for the treatment to succeed.