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Fears & Phobias

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Fear is useful when it serves as a signal to protect us from immediate harm. However, if fear is prolonged or is disproportionate to the rational threat that an object or situation poses then it stops being useful and starts to prevent you from living a full life.

A fear or phobia can adversely affect your health, your hobbies, your relationships, your livelihood, and can often lead to feelings of embarrassment, low self-esteem and hopelessness.

Treat Your Phobia with Hypnotherapy | Spider Pic | Gibbs Hypnotherapy | Melbourne, AustraliaThere is no doubt that a fear or phobia can be crippling. High anxiety and hypervigilance are exhausting and limit what you can and can't do or where you can and can't go. But there is good news - hypnotherapy is a widely successful and remarkably efficient way to rid yourself of fears and phobias.

Fear or Phobia?

A phobia is a fear (or sometimes a feeling of disgust) that is so strong that you feel intense panic as though your life were immediately threatened.

A simple yet insightful question to ask yourself to determine whether your fear is at the level of a phobia, using here the example of a fear or phobia of mice:

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"There is a room with a mouse in it that also has a suitcase containing $10,000 cash - would I go into that room to collect the suitcase?

If the answer is "no" then there's a good chance no amount of money would tempt you into that room.

In this instance, your fear might be better described as a phobia.

Where do fears & phobias come from?

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The majority of fears and phobias begin in childhood. Often there is an 'initial sensitising event' - an occurrence that is interpreted by a young mind as life-threatening, so that the subconscious locks-in the information that such a "threat" should always be avoided at all costs. In many instances, this initial event is veiled from memory as a way to protect it from conscious interference.

So while you may find that you suffer from your fear or phobia, the underlying intention of that fear or phobia is actually positive: it is there to protect you from perceived danger.

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This is why hypnotic intervention is so effective. We work at a deep level of the mind and can even uncover repressed events. Fear-associations are broken and remoulded to align with a more rational appraisal of the perceived "threat." This in turn changes your emotional experience so that you feel calm instead of panic; in control rather than helpless; curious or confident instead of afraid.

How can hypnosis help?

At Gibbs Hypnotherapy we seek the root of your fear or phobia and aim to reduce or entirely erase it. This can be done in a number of ways and the method is largely dependent on the individual client.

The important point to remember is that by utilising hypnosis we are able to help you achieve freedom from your fear or phobia in relaxation and comfort. Clients often worry that treatment might involve a full triggering of their fear or phobia but this is simply not the case. 'Flooding' and other extreme exposure theories from general psychology are not used. Rather we opt for a more gentle and effective approach. And contrary to popular belief, you remain quite aware while in hypnosis and indeed play an active role in the removal of your fear or phobia - we move at your pace, getting feedback as to your comfort and confidence at every step.

Typically, just three sessions of hypnotherapy are enough to eradicate a life-long phobia.

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If you have a fear that is interrupting your life and you are ready to let it go, contact Gibbs Hypnotherapy today.