Holiday was lovely and I loved the plane journey. I’m off to Thailand in August. So excited to fly again. Thank you for all of your help. Vicci
Phobias and fears I always take phobias and fears seriously, even if you don't, because they are always a symptom of stress building up somewhere inside you. As babies we are born with two fears - a fear of falling and a fear of loud noises, all other fears we acquire because of who we are as a personality and what we experience in our environment. As no two people are ever exactly alike, so what one person fears another person might be just indifferent to, or even enjoy!
There are some well-known phobias:
fear of spiders (arachnaphobia)
fear of heights (acrophobia)
fear of small or enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
fear of flying (aviophobia)
fear of travelling (hodophobia)
fear of driving over bridges (gephyrophobia)
fear of being sick (emetophobia)
fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
fear of dogs (cynophobia)
fear of dirt (mysophobia)
fear of snakes (ophidiophobia)
But there are also many, many more phobias which people have which are not so well-known but are no less debilitating, worrying and frustrating. In my experience these include fear of dead things, fear of birds, fear of balloons, fear of choking, fear of rats and mice, fear of buttons, fear of a body part such as wrists or toes, fear of motorway driving.
There are many phobias I haven't listed here because they are just too numerous but there is never a fear which is too silly, or pathetic, or irrational. If something frightens you enough that you change your behaviour to avoid it and it interferes with your life then that it is a perfectly valid fear and an important sign that your mind is experiencing stress.
Finding what helps phobias I think it's really important to look at the person as a whole, rather than focusing on just one symptom. Some people who come to see me are understandably focused on just relieving themselves of that particular phobia. They think that without that fear their lives will be so much better. The problem comes when you attempt to rid yourself of a fear without addressing the stress that created it in the first place. Without looking at the root cause there is a strong chance the fear will come back at a later date, or transfer to a new object or area of your life.
Hypnotherapy is part of an holistic approach I take to helping people with phobias and fears and can be a very effective way of refocusing your mind in the short term. In my experience it becomes much more effective and longer lasting tool when clients can also gain a greater understanding of themselves and what causes them, in particular, stress in their lives.
However, if you have a flight or a performance or an event coming soon and you just want to be able to get yourself through it, then a session of hypnotherapy can be tailored to your needs.
None of us are meant to be perfect - it's just impossible for a being that is always in the process of changing. I want to help people to know more about what makes them the unique individual they are and to understand that what they think are weaknesses, are really signs of strengths they don't know they have.
If you'd like to know more or to discuss a phobia I haven't mentioned then please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07760 996043.
The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and Emma Daffern Hypnotherapy are based in Hereford and Monmouth and within reach of Ledbury, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye, Raglan, Usk, Abergavenny as well as surrounding Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Powys.