What Is A Specific Phobia?

Do you have an overwhelming fear of spiders, snakes or dogs? Do you fly into a panic when driving over bridges? Do you avoid going to the doctors because of your fear of needles? Do you faint at the sight of blood?

A phobia can be defined as an irrational fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias can lead to overwhelming feelings of fear and dread, causing sufferers to avoid certain situations.

It is thought that about 9% of the population have a phobia, and some people have more than one.

There are a number of reasons as to why a phobia might develop. These include:

  • Childhood experience – very often phobias develop because of an upsetting experience as a child
  • Learnt behaviour – We sometimes develop phobias if we see other members of our family displaying a phobic response.
  • Genetics and biology – fears and anxieties can be passed through our genes

What are the symptoms of a specific phobia?

A specific phobia can create a mix of distressing symptoms which prevent the sufferer from living a full life. These can include:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Feeling hot and sweaty
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint

How can Hypno-ACT help with Specific Phobias?

Hypno-ACT can be an effective treatment for specific phobias. It combines hypnotic techniques, mindfulness as well as helpful tools from CBT and EMDR. During your sessions, you will develop a range of skills to better handle your phobia. Rather than trying to stop your thoughts or getting rid of your anxiety, which might help in the short-term but is ineffective in the long-term, Hypno-ACT works by helping you to create a sense of calm acceptance.

During your treatment you will learn:

  • How to use hypnosis to relax
  • How to become more mindful
  • How to unhook from the thoughts that usually hook you in
  • How to develop an accepting attitude
  • How to be exposed to your phobia without overreacting
  • More about the causes of your phobia and how to resolve them

During your treatment, we will work together as a team to decide on the strategies that work best for you.

You will need to be 100% committed to treatment as in between sessions you will be given tasks to work on and to practice.

What do our clients say about our phobia treatment?

I got my exam results today, and I passed them! I just want to say thank you again for helping me, I’m very grateful.

R.T, Wigan(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)

My driving has come on leaps and bounds and I can’t thank you enough for all your help, I can’t believe what a difference the sessions have made.

K.F, Lancs(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)

Just to let you know that on Friday morning just gone I had a blood test. I was absolutely fine I sat and shut my eyes and concentrated on my breathing and put myself in my safe place and I was fine, my mum cried though, haha. So thank you so much for changing my life, you have no idea what it means to me.

A.L, Wigan(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)