Have you had enough of your phobia placing limits on your life?

It’s estimated that around ten million people in the UK suffer with a phobia of some sort.

Whether you have a fear of flying, driving, injections or something different, you already know how it can suddenly overtake how you feel, making it seem like you are no longer in control of your own mind and body.

Most people I have helped used to do as much as they could to avoid the situations or things that triggered their anxiety and panic. You may be unable to do the simple things that others do so easily such as flying, driving, going to the dentist or having an injection.

Just knowing that your phobia is irrational, limiting and frustrating isn’t enough to stop all the worry, anxiety and other physical symptoms that automatically kick in. Your mind is hard wired to protect you (which is a good thing!) yet for whatever reason your mind has decided that these things are dangerous so you need to fight whatever it is or escape as quickly as you can.

Yet rather than let it limit you, it is possible to

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Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with fear and anxiety?

My dental hygienist was telling me last week about the number of people she was now referring on to me for help with their dental phobia.

Now if you suffer with dental phobia then you may get so anxious that you don’t even make it as far as the dentist’s chair – you anxiety levels are just too high to put yourself in that situation.

Or you may be able to get into the dentist’s chair but then find that you are so anxious you don’t open your mouth. You may get shaky, sweaty, panicky and start hyperventilating.

Some clients I have worked with have literally run out of the room in a state of anxiety and panic. Their dental phobia was just overwhelming.

In fact, some of my clients had let their dentist down so many times with cancellations and running from the room, that the dentist had told them only to come back when their dental phobia was fixed.

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I’ve recently been working with several clients who have a fear of going to the dentist or having dental treatment such as fillings.

One client I worked with would visibly shake and cry just telling me about the possibility of going to the dentist. Another told me how she’s tried four times to have a tooth removed and each time she had experienced a panic attack and had run from the room. Others have talked about how they have avoided treatment or how they live with the constant worry that, at any time, they may need something done.

For whatever reason, their minds had decided that going to the dentist was the scariest thing of all and therefore triggered their flight response (sweating, feeling sick, hyperventilating etc.) to get them out of that situation.

Most people will tell you that, given the choice, they could find a million things they’d rather be doing 

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If you suffer with a phobia then you will already know how it can limit you or keep you stuck. You may suffer with anxiety or panic attacks and either struggle in some situations or avoid them altogether to try and prevent those anxious feelings.

In recent months, I’ve worked with clients to overcome phobias and fears such as:

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Do you have a fear of injections and needles? If so, it can turn visits to the doctor, nurse or dentist into a huge ordeal with hours of anxiety and fear beforehand which builds up in intensity as the time gets closer.

Using a successful mix of hypnotherapy, hypnosis & NLP I’ve worked with both medical professionals who are giving the injections as well as clients/patients receiving them.

Needle phobia

For example, a medical professional who recently came to see me for hypnotherapy had difficulty giving injections. He would experience anxiety and fear leading

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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

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Overcome Driving Fear - Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket - how hypnotherapy helped Steve to get end his motorway driving fear:

Having been involved in a serious car accident several years earlier, Steve found it impossible to go back on the motorway. Just the thought of a motorway journey would make him feel tense, sweat and shake as he pictured all those horrific sights and sounds from the accident. It was like the other vehicle was still in front of his face as he hurtled towards impact.

Steve got around his driving phobia by travelling everywhere on back roads and avoiding motorways at all costs – no matter how inconvenient or time consuming that made the journey. To him it seemed the only way he could drive anywhere.

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