What’s Going On with Your Phobia?

Sep 22, 2015 | Hypnosis, Phobia


Do you have a phobia? Not sure? What’s going on with your phobia anyway?  The dictionary defines Phobia as

“a compelling fear or dread, especially of a particular object or situation”

Lets face it, we are not born with phobias or fears so why do they occur and what can we do about it? Phobias are irrational fears that are a lot more extreme than a general feeling of worry or dislike.

We might be fearful of something and that creates a fear response in a part of our brain designed to keep us safe from danger. However, a phobia occurs when there is an irrational fear of circumstances (like a fear of the dark) or objects (like mice).


Even though frightening, the phobic reaction has often been established by the subconscious part of our brain to protect us from that perceived threat. The sufferer experiences a strong psychological reaction if and when they are exposed to the phobic trigger. For some, simply thinking about their fear is sufficient for a severe sufferer to actually feel anxious and panicky.

Some signs can be:

  • Fast heart beat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Hot flush or sweating
  • Feeling dizzy or nauseous


Often when people come to see me, they say others in their lives have said they are being silly. This is because others do not perceive the trigger as posing the same level of threat or danger. However, a phobia or fear is not something we can just switch off or stop reacting to!

Living with Phobias

Sometimes a person may find a way to live with a phobia by avoiding situations where they may be exposed to the fear.  They might get their partner to remove the spider!  They may organize their life around the fear, like the person I saw who travelled for days over land just to go on holiday and avoid flying! Maybe the just cope somehow, but not exposing themselves very often like the fear of the dentist, where a person just doesn’t go or manages (sometimes badly) with the twice yearly visits.  Sometimes a person my just avoid or restrict their lives, like a person with agoraphobia who avoids going out.



Phobias are really common and the majority of them are quite easy to resolve. People with phobias usually respond quickly and very well to the use of hypnosis because it works on the subconscious where the root beliefs reside.

Hypnosis uses relaxation strategies to help with the anxiety that is raised then desensitize the situation. This enables the person receiving the hypnotic treatment to get into their subconscious, sometimes we can identify the root of the phobia and overcome it.

Occasionally the phobia may be masking other issues and sometimes it may be subconsciously beneficial to the person to keep the phobia! For example, if a person gets attention each time their fear takes hold. If that is the case and a person is not completely honest, or is not fully aware then it can hinder progress in the therapy sessions.

For many people hypnotherapy offers a way to get rid of a phobia quickly and easily regardless of how long they have had the problem.

So, if you’ve been struggling in some area of life because of a phobia, perhaps now is the appropriate time to get it sorted for good.


Hi, I’m Emma, Hypnotherapist in York with a particular interest in helping you with anxiety, stress, fears and phobias so that you can take back control of your thoughts and feelings.  That way you can quickly and easily feel more able to cope with your busy life! There are no magic wands or quick fixes instead I give you personalised tools that work for you and fit with your lifestyle.

So, are you ready to let go of that old anxiety, fear or phobia? Do you want to live a happier, stress free life? Book your complimentary consultation here and find out how you can reach your goals and really enjoy life!

Find out more at www.emmalangton.co.uk and read about testimonials from people I have worked with on phobias and fears. 

This post discusses: calm, danger, fight flight, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, mind, phobia, Relaxation, subconscious, threat
Emma Langton

Emma Langton

Executive Leadership Coach

Emma hosts the Lessons for Leaders podcast. Each week she brings you lessons, learnings, tips and advice to enable you to lead with ease in business, without stress, doubt and overwhelm so that I help you to increase your performance, be resilient and thrive in life. Emma has been providing coaching, training and therapeutic support for executives since setting up her business in 2011. Prior to that she spent over 20 years with people at the top of national and multi-national training and communication businesses.


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