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Fears & Phobias

Simple specific phobias - 3 to 4 sessions

Complex phobias - 8 to 12 sessions


A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.  Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.

If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that's causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause a lot of distress.

A phobia is an anxiety disorder symptoms may show until contact with the source of  the phobia.  In some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can make a person feel anxious or panicky. This is known as anticipatory anxiety.

Types of phobia

But phobias can be divided into 2 main categories:​

Specific or simple phobias

Centre around a particular object, animal, situation etc. Often developing in childhood they may get less severe with age.  E.g.

  • animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders, snakes or rodents

  • environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water, germs

  • situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist or flying

  • bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections

  • sexual phobias –performance anxiety or the fear an STI.


Complex phobias

Are more disabling & they usually develop during adulthood,  associated with a fear or anxiety about a particular situation.

The 2 most common complex phobias are:

What causes phobias?

There are a number of associated factors e.g.,

  • maybe an association with a particular incident or trauma

  • maybe a learned response from a parent or sibling

  • genetics, some people could be born to be more anxious 


With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy at The Willows Hypnotherapy I can provide support to manage & alleviate phobias & fears.  Using a process called "rewind & reframe" after any complex anxieties are resolved we can reset the mind to be able to manage & potentially eliminate the phobic response.

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques and trance I can facilitate the process of recovery and by explaining how the brain works, why & how phobias are created and what we can do about it my client's are active & engaged in all the sessions.  This process allows the client to think more clearly, rationally.

The Symptoms of Fear & Phobias


  • sweating,hot flushes or chills

  • trembling

  • shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or choking sensation

  • rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)

  • pain or tightness in the chest

  • nausea

  • headaches, dizziness, feeling faint

  • numbness or pins and needles

  • dry mouth

  • a need to go to the toilet

  • ringing in your ears

  • confusion or disorientation


  • fear of losing control

  • fear of fainting

  • feelings of dread

  • fear of dying

  • triggers for fight/flight response

Changes in Behaviour​

  • In severe cases, may prevent you carrying out everyday activities, such as eating out or meeting friends.

  • Lying to avoid situations through embarrassment.

  • loss of friends through fear

If you wish to book an initial consultation at a time to suit you and receive answers to any questions you may have, click on the link above. 


Alternatively fill out the Enquiry Form and I can give you a call back to discuss this in more detail

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