Disclaimer here—as a hypnotherapist, I absolutely love working with phobias. You could call it my passion. Add to that, when I use hypnosis with a child who has a phobia, I love the fact that they won’t need to go through life with a horrible fear which can affect every area of their life. I suffered from phobias right into adulthood and it was a driving phobia that first piqued my interest in hypnotherapy. I couldn’t believe that after one hypnosis session, I was cured of a phobia that had affected my working and social life for years. The vast majority of phobias are triggered in childhood. The phobias I’m talking about in this post are ‘simple’ phobias, which means they tend to be attached to an object, such as an animal, or an experience such as heights (in contrast to ‘complex’, or social, phobias which tend to be anxieties about social situations). These ‘simple’ phobias often start as the result of an unpleasant childhood experience which then becomes strongly associated with the horrible, fearful reaction which was felt that first time. For instance, I had a phobia of swimming which started at the age of six after I nearly drowned in a… Read full this story
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