A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, that may cause a person to experiece irrational fear about a situation, an animal, place, or object. 2.5million people in the UK will suffer a phobia at some time in their life.
The symptoms can include - uncontrollable anxiety when exposed to the source of the fear, extreme avoidance of the source, lack of functioning when exposed to the source, and inability to control feelings.
Signs can be - chest tightening, jerky breathing, accelerated heartbeat, , dry mouth, sweating, confusion, disorientation, shaking and trembling.
Phobias are linked to the amygdala- the part of the brain that prepares us for fight or flight when we perceive danger. This enables the release of hormones that enable us to take action.
Treaments can be - Medication and Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and the Meridian Therapies of Thought Field Therap(TFT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques(EFT).
NLP is used to change attitudes- by changing the submodalities-minute details - of a problem,and collapsing the worry through making subtle changes.
Meridian Therapies worl on the idea that all negative emotions are caused by a blockage in the body's energy system and that by manipulating energy points we ca change the way a porsin feeks. In TFT and EFT this is done though tapping.
Hypnotherapy can help by tackling both the symptoms and the cause of the phobia -changing the reactions toone of a calm response. This has a direct result in influencing the amygdala's stress-relieving hormolnes rather than stress-inducing ones.
Matthew Hall, of Effective Hypnosis, has been successfully treating phobias since 2000 - from his clinics in Ealing W52R, and Hillingdon UB10 0PS - using NLP, EFT and TFT in addition to hypnosis. He has tackled Fearof Flying, Fear of Driving, Fear of Injections, Fear of the Dentist, Fearof Vomiting, Fear of Public Speaking, Fear of Crowds, Fear pf Swimming, Fear of Spiders and Claustrophobia.
He welcomes referrals.
Matthew Hall, Master in Clinical Hypnosis
Member since: 5th May 2012
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