Hypnotherapy for Phobias
About 16% of the population is thought to have some form of phobia. It is possible to have phobias about absolutely anything. While it can be hard to understand if you don’t have the phobia for people who do it is all too real. It is a basic principle when using hypnotherapy for phobias, that the therapist helps to deal with problems but does not cure them as such. It is possible for phobias to disappear when treated appropriately but the note of caution is that the person has to be aware that it can return. The idea then is to give techniques to deal with phobias rather than aiming for a “cure” as such.
The different types of phobia
Different phobias, in general, are treated in the same way and they are numerous. They range from A to Z; from agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) to xenophobia/zenophobia (fear of any foreigners). Some examples of how phobias are treated with hypnosis are given below.
Social Phobia Hypnosis
Social phobia is a condition that goes beyond shyness. It can, at its most intense, completely immobilise a person so that they can’t speak, or they appear very cold and off-putting, or they can just refuse to put themselves into situations that most people would find quite normal to be in. So, for example, they would never go to parties or even to places where there are crowds of people such as cinemas, sports grounds, evening classes, or concerts. This has a very limiting effect on their life and causes feelings of isolation and loneliness.
In dealing with phobias through hypnosis it is necessary to use systematic desensitization. There are two levels at which phobias can be treated. One is the verbal level and the other is the visual level. During hypnosis for social phobia on the verbal level there are suggestions of:
- Increased calmness, relaxation and confidence in situations which are currently feared.
- Always responding to anxiety symptoms by approach rather than avoidance.
At the visual level a technique called the New Behavior Generator is used. This is a simple technique of practising in your mind what you want to do if you were doing the best possible in that situation.
- This involves seeing the situation first as if directing a film.
- After practicing then it is to step inside the image of oneself in one’s own mind and try to make it as real as possible and to see how far this has brought the feelings under control.
- It is practiced in different scenes and with different people until the feelings of control spread to more and more situations.
Hypnosis for Blushing
Hypnotic suggestions can be given so that you:
- Remain less tense and more relaxed in the presence of other people.
- Feel less self-conscious, less embarrassed, less confused.
- If you do feel yourself beginning to blush you will not become worried, uneasy or confused and you will be able to let it pass.
Shy Bladder Hypnosis
Shy bladder syndrome also known as paruresis, pee phobia, pee shyness.. It is the fear some men have of urinating in a public toilet. It seems to be much more of a male problem. It is even possible to experience a blackout from holding on to the urine in the bladder to the point where it goes beyond just discomfort or even pain and that this leads to the phobia getting even worse. Typically it is more of a problem in a crowded toilet but even an empty one can cause a problem as the person is afraid that someone could walk in. Imagination is at work here because it is quite possible too that no one will walk in. It is clear that the problem is linked strongly with a lack of self-confidence and even, in some cases, low self-esteem. In this case the first step should be to use hypnotherapy to bolster the person’s confidence and self-esteem.
The aim through hypnosis would be to:
- Get as close to complete self-containment as possible.
- This means the person feels that their personal space is not being invaded.
- Thus if the person can focus on what he/she is doing then the problem would probably disappear.
Again hypnosis can be good for concentrating the mind so with practice, through a cd and self-hypnosis the problem can be more and more dealt with through “self-containment”.
Systematic desensitisation is often the most effective treatment for paruresis. One of my clients for paruresis was doing this with motorway station toilets, where it is possible to get practice with crowded and uncrowded toilets depending on the time of day one is there. In addition, he found it easier to deal with the proximity problem as there are dividers between the toilets.
Hypnosis for Emetophobia
Emetophobia is a very common condition but people tend to hide it so it seems more rare than it really is. It does have a strong social content as people are afraid to be the center of attention. It can also be a fear when alone in which case it is a fear of the vomiting itself. It may be linked to fear of dying or becoming ill.
Treating the problem involves working out a plan between yourself and the therapist as to what is the best way to go from what you can do to what you want to do.
- It could be just staying in a situation you can manage for just a little bit longer.
- It could involve fear of certain types of food so that has to be worked out what is acceptable and not.
The idea is to do something each day with the therapist’s guidance and to feel that positive experiences are being built up. Waiting until you feel strong is not a good way to approach this, as the condition doesn’t work from a position of strength. Giving in to panic by avoiding the situation ultimately makes it worse. Then the imagination is working and not reality. Hypnosis aims to get the subconscious mind to respond more to reality and to get suggestions to this effect from the conscious to the subconscious.
Hypnosis for phobias Newport
There hundreds of different types of phobias so that it would be impossible to discuss even a small percentage of them. They range from A to Z and some of them would seem very strange to someone who does not suffer from phobias at all. Examples would be autophobia (fear of oneself), genuphobia (knees); pediophobia (children); atelophobia (fear of even a slight imperfection on the body such as a barely noticeable mark or spot on the face).
Whatever the fear though it is true that the only way ultimately to deal with it is to be exposed to the fear. The treatment will take into account what you are ready to do but avoidance can lead to your imagination making it even worse.
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