A phobia is an unrealistic fear of something, whether it be an object, an animal or a situation such as driving.
Phobias are diagnosed when anxiety in response to the feared stimulus becomes so intense that it causes significant distress or impairs normal functioning. Phobias are highly treatable, and have the highest likelihood of positive outcomes as compared to all other psychological problems.
The treatment is generally done over 2 sessions, up to 5 hours each and involves un-pairing the anxiety response from the feared situation using a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and exposure therapy.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a short term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that focuses on helping people with a very specific problem, helping them learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.
CBT is based on a the theory that it’s not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we give them. It also ,encompasses a range of techniques to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.
Hypnosis is one of the most powerful tools available for personal transformation: it is one of the most powerful ways to build new behaviours, create new patterns and find alternate ways of dealing with situations. Why? Because it speaks directly to your subconscious mind, allowing you to update the old habits and the programs running in your life right now.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Each session begins with me gently guiding you into a deeply relaxed state, otherwise known as the state of hypnosis.
When we enter the state of hypnosis (also called a ‘trance state’), our brain waves actually slow down from Beta (which is associated with normal waking, active thinking and alertness) to Theta (day dreaming, deep hypnosis, drowsiness). This is one reason why being hypnotized can feel very relaxing During hypnosis your body and conscious mind are deeply relaxed, while your subconscious mind remains wide awake, open, and receptive to suggestion. In this altered state of consciousness it is possible to re-wire your brain and learn how to behave and think differently. By repeating the new thoughts and behaviours, you reprogram old limiting beliefs about yourself or others, you create new neural pathways that are more beneficial that will literally change your brain, and allow for healing and transformation.