A phobia is defined by the NHS as an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.
Severe phobias can impact a person's everyday life as they try to organise their life in order to avoid whatever it is that causes them to feel anxious. In some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can cause anxiety and panic.
Symptoms of a phobia may include:
unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
increased heart rate or palpitations
shortness of breath
trembling or shaking
an upset stomach
If you don't come into contact with the source of your phobia often, it might not affect your day to day life, but many phobias can make leading a normal life very difficult. More info here
Therapies that help
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses evidence based techniques that help to resolve your phobia by removing or lessening the emotional response associated with it. Your Solution Focused Hypnotherapist will help you to reframe your perspective of what was causing you distress, supporting the strong, positive, and resourceful part of your mind to take control.
Counselling can help you address your phobia by supporting you to reduce and release your anxiety in a gradual and controlled way, helping you to develop new patterns of thinking and behaviour that promote well-being and life-fulfilment.