It’s estimated that 10 million people in the UK alone suffer from a phobia – an irrational, intense fear of an animal, object, place or situation. The chances are high that either you or someone you know will have a fear of flying, water, heights, spiders, snakes, needles, social situations or some other fear.

Very often when describing whatever it is, the person will say something like “I know it’s silly but…” or “I know that it’s perfectly safe but…” or “I know it’s irrational but…” 

Someone with a phobia will often

organise their life to avoid the thing that causes them anxiety and fear. For example, I’ve known people who would rather travel for hours and hours by car to avoid flying to their holiday destination.

Overcoming Your Phobia 

Panic attacks are common and will feel like they come out of nowhere to strike the person with symptoms such as sweating, shaking, hyperventilation, nausea, feeling faint and tightness in the chest.

Recently I worked with a client who had an intense dog phobia – even thinking about dogs would start off the anxiety and being around them would cause panic until she could get away from the situation. It had limited her life by stopping her doing things others do with ease, such as visiting friends who had dogs or going places where there were likely to be lots of dogs about. She had recently had to run (and I mean run) out of a pub and leave her friends behind when the owner’s dog had started moving towards her table.

However, her dog phobia became something from the past within just a few sessions.

By the time we had finished working together, she could walk around a park full of dogs without even giving them more than a cursory thought. She had even visited an animal welfare sanctuary and been surrounded by barking dogs without any of the old fear and anxiety.

As she put it: “It’s amazing that this has finally changed, so thank you very much!!!

Phobia Freedom

What does your phobia stop you doing? Imagine what it would be like to be free of that fear and anxiety – what would it allow you to do?

To find out more call me on 01353 669941 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to book your free initial consultation

Dan Regan 

Hypnotherapy Ely, Cambridge, Newmarket 

www.danreganhypnotherapy.co.uk