What is a phobia?

PhobiaA phobia is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations. It differs from other anxiety disorders in the fact that there is not an underlying anxiety present for all or most of the time, but only when the "trigger" or source of the fear is physically present. In the presence of the trigger, the phobic response is immediate and can be very severe. Interestingly, the fear response can also happen just by thinking about or imagining the trigger stimulus. NLP has several tools to tackle the thought processes behind the phobic response.

Living without fear

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              phobiaSimple phobias are the only type of anxiety disorder for which hypno-psychotherapy is not usually necessary. There is not really any need, in most cases, to look for a "root cause" of the anxiety, as the anxiety is only present when the phobic trigger is present. Such phobias are treated with a combination of suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming techniques. Effectively, the subconscious mind is re-programmed to experience the previously terrifying subject in a new and different way.

Usually one or two sessions are sufficient.

More information

Please read this page to find more general information about anxiety disorders and use the links at the very top of the page to discover more about the different approaches and techniques available.

Coronavirus Covid-19

The current pandemic situation is difficult for everyone, but especially those already suffering from anxiety issues. I want to continue to help as much as I can.

Social distancing guidelines now mean that I am unable to offer face to face therapy for the next few weeks, but I haven't gone away totally. If you need to call to talk to someone please don't hesitate to do so. In some cases it may be possible to arrange therapy sessions by Skype, FaceTime or similar.

I'm here to help.

Martin
March 2020