Fears & Phobias
Counselling For Fears & Phobias
A phobia is an irrational fear, the experience of which can produce an irrational response. We describe it in our everyday language “sweating with fear”, “paralyzed with fear”, “butterflies in the stomach”, there are countless definitions of phobia, but the most apt one defines a phobia as “a fear of a fear”.
Perhaps, more accurately, a phobia may be described as “an extreme reaction to fear triggered by a stimulus”.
Phobias are very common. One in nine people have a phobia of some sort – more than eleven per cent of the population. And one in twenty people have panic attacks at some stage in their lives, quite commonly triggered by a phobia. There is little that conventional medical science can do for your phobia, other than prescribing an antidepressant drug.
Counselling, on the other hand, can in most cases, eliminate or alleviate the phobia. In England, London Zoo runs a course in eliminating the fear of spiders under the guidance of an experienced therapist, and the participants end the course in the Insect House stroking spiders. British Airways at Heathrow runs a course for those who have a fear of flying.
I have dealt with countless phobias from flying to spiders . I find them all very interesting and it is very satisfying to me when I have been instrumental in helping to eradicate a phobia.
As always, the person with the phobia must want to get rid of it and act in partnership with the therapist. I have dealt with fears of spiders, snakes, mice and rats, heights, fear of open spaces, fear of animals, fear of water, fear of public speaking, and so on.
I use and offer a unique approach combining counselling and hypnotherapy which helps and aids the individual who suffer significantly. It�s a process which uncovers the reasons and the effects while teaching and learning to live more comfortably and looking at new feelings and behaviours
Important To Understand
One of the important issues to understand its not about fixing. Its a process of helping the individual to help themselves. One of my requirements is the commitment to the process and not looking for a quick fix. The recovery rate is down to the commitment of the individual.
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