A Phobia is a marked and persistent fear of a specific object or situation (e.g., animals, bugs, heights, elevators, bridges, flying, driving, seeing blood, receiving an injection, dentists, crowds, stores) that is excessive, unreasonable, irrational, and exaggerated.
If you have a phobia, your anxiety response is cued or triggered by either the presence of, or your anticipation of the feared object or situation. Your anxiety response probably interferes with your smooth functioning, productivity, and enjoyment of your life. You probably have marked distress about having the phobia.
In most people who have a phobia, exposure to the phobic stimulus almost always provokes an immediate anxiety response, which can take the form of a situationally bound Panic Attack (DSM-IV-TR). As a result, the phobic situations are avoided if at all possible, and if exposure does occur, the situation is endured with intense anxiety and distress.
A separate but related category of Phobia is called "Social Phobia". If you have this condition, then you have a marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which you are exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others (DSM-IV-R). You fear that you will act in such a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.
I view all phobias as negative ways of coping that have become exaggerated and have evolved in an attempt to reduce anxiety. My Hypnosis approach to treating Phobias is to get to the root of the problem and to treat the underlying anxiety as well to remove the underlying fixed idea that, if violated, causes you to have an anxiety reaction.
My conceptual approach often allows me, when working with you, to start at the beginning, and change the initial response that your later and more debilitating negative symptoms were built upon. Thus, we can be very focused and goal directed. This allows us in working together to "uncomplicate the problem" into workable components.
My approach often brings some recognizable feeling of partial relief from the intensity of your presenting symptoms very quickly. By reframing your belief that you are trapped, we can establish the possibility for new choices and change. This "untraps" your "trapped" feelings and fears.
I use a number of very effective Hypnosis techniques to help my patients diminish their phobic anxiety, and eventually, be rid of their phobia. These techniques include:
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DSM-IV-TR. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- Fourth Ed. Revised. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.