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Are phobias holding you back from you full potential?

Imagine overcoming those irrational fears and phobias with this simple process.

What exactly is a phobia? Wikipedia describes it as this: " A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months.". Phobia comes from the Greek word phobos, which means fear or horror and it can be debilitating and most frustrating to the person experiencing them.

Phobias are not just extreme fears, they are irrational fears, often of things that are harmless. Whilst there is some usefulness in being afraid (to some degree) of snakes, spiders, heights and so on, other phobias like emetophobia (vomiting phobia), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces, crowds or situations where escape is difficult) and many other other phobias, do not seem to have any use, but when one understands the brain and how the amygdala part of the brain is there to activate our fight, flight or freeze response, then we can understand why the brain is overreacting to these harmless stimuli. (see previous article "Do you have an anxious brain?").

Specific phobias are quite common and affect more than 1 in 10 people and apart from the trauma response that some phobias are born out of, they seem to be also be a learned behaviour, so one may find a few instances of the same or similar phobias in families. The debilitating effects of phobias can make certain situations and life in general quite an ordeal for those who suffer from them. People can develop a phobic response to any situation that is similar to another one where they experienced acute anxiety. For example, if you witnessed something awful whilst traveling on a train, you could develop an irrational fear of trains. If you had a panic attack while lying in bed one night, you may even develop somniphobia - fear of sleep. Luckily there is a very easy process to quickly and respectfully reduce or eliminate the emotional response to a past trauma that has manifested in a phobia.

The Rewind Technique

In this simple, non-invasive process, the hypnotherapist , or change work practitioner will assist the client to move this memory from the emotional brain into the neocortex, so that the memory can still be recalled but the negative emotional response is reduced or eliminated. The pattern is deconditioned, and the old phobic response to the stimulus, will be changed. It is non-invasive, meaning that details are not usually required, and the client safely guided through the entire process. The process should only be carried out by an experienced practitioner and once the client is in a deep state of relaxation, something that hypnotists are experts at achieving!

If you would like to be free of irrational fear and phobias, get in touch today, most often this is a one or two session solution, simple, yet highly effective. I am a clinical hypnotherapist based in Auckland, however this process works extremely well on Skype or Zoom, so distance is not a problem!

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