Hypnosis for Phobias

  • Did you know that cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (hypnosis and CBT) can help you to overcome your phobia?

  • Do you avoid certain situations because of a fear or phobia which doesn’t seem to bother other people?

  • Is this fear or phobia stopping you from doing the things you want to do?

  • Is this fear or phobia so intense that even thinking about it or seeing it on TV will cause you anxiety?

Overcome your phobia with cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (hypnosis and CBT), either in person (Cork) or online from the comfort of your own home.

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Based in East Cork, I work with clients both in person and online, helping them to overcome their phobia with hypnosis and CBT. While hypnosis can be very effective in treating phobias, my approach involves more than just hypnosis. Hypnosis with the addition of CBT is one of the most effective treatments for overcoming phobias. Some common types of phobia include:

  • Acrophobia: phobia of heights
  • Pteromerhanophobia: phobia of flying
  • Claustrophobia: phobia of enclosed spaces
  • Entomophobia: phobia of insects
  • Cynophobia: phobia of dogs
  • Astraphobia: phobia of thunder and lightning
  • Trypanophobia: phobia of needles
  • Arachnophobia: phobia of spiders
  • Hemophobia: phobia of blood

Phobias can be crippling. As many as 15% of the general public have a phobia, with heights and animals being the most common. Phobias can hold you back from doing the things you want to do. This avoidance only worsens the problem and doesn’t give you a chance to face your fears and learn to cope better.

The approach we will take will depend on your specific fear or phobia, and how it is impacting you. It will be based around the systematic desensitisation model (graduated exposure therapy) which is a CBT technique, with the addition of hypnosis. What’s great about hypnosis is that it allows you to work through your fears in your imagination. Hypnosis allows you to rehearse feeling and behaving differently in the feared situation or with the feared object, which builds up your resilience to it. There is evidence to show that hypnosis enhances the effects of CBT for conditions such as phobia and anxiety (Vickers & Zollman, 1999). We all learn through experience, which is why the treatment plan may also involve you facing your fears in real life as well as in hypnosis. Combining this experience will really help you to overcome your fears and increase your self-confidence.

 

Interested in hypnotherapy in Cork, or online? Book a FREE no-obligation 20 minute consultation call.

 

 

References

  • Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein, G. (1995). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: a meta-analysis. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 63(2), 214.
  • Ramondo, N., Gignac, G. E., Pestell, C. F., & Byrne, S. M. (2021). Clinical Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Cognitive Behavior Therapy: An Updated Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 69(2), 169-202.
  • Vickers, A., & Zollman, C. (1999). ABC of complementary medicine: hypnosis and relaxation therapies. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 319(7221), 1346.