treatment of phobias

Research has shown that CBT is particularly effective to for the treatment of phobias.

Certain fears are natural and reasonable, but others are excessive given the level of danger in any situation. However, these kind of fears cause unnecessary pain and distress. They can have serious consequences in everyday life,  undermining self-confidence, stopping enjoyment and preventing you from doing things you might need or want to do.

If you suffer from an intense fear or dread of certain thing or in certain situations, you may be suffering from a phobia.

CBT for the treatment of Phobias

A phobia is an anxiety disorder where you have a deep-rooted, irrational fear of something that generally speaking poses little or no threat to you, such as –

  • Situational Phobias such as Flying, Confined Spaces, Driving, Dentists, Bridges & Tunnels
  • Natural/Environmental Phobias such as Storms, Thunder, Water, Dark, Heights
  • Animal Phobias such as Spiders, Dogs, Snakes, Insects, Rodents
  • Blood/Injection/Injury Phobias such as Blood, Needles, Germs, Surgery
  • Other Phobias such as Vomit, Illness, Death, Loud Noises

The list of phobias stretches into the hundreds but whatever is stopping you from living your life to the full, I can help you.

How can CBT help treat phobias?

If you undergp CBT therapy for phobias, I can help you change your persepctive by using the following types of approach:

  • find new information and perspectives that enable you to understand why the phobia triggers such intense fear responses in you
  • become aware of how particular ways of thinking and behaving keep you feeling phobic and what you can do to turn this around
  • discover how different forms of thinking and behaving can reduce the intensity of your physiological response to the phobia, calm your fears and enable you to face the situation with more confidence
  • learn how to manage or completely remove, your fear response when faced with the phobia
  • become able to engage in a previous phobia situation with confidence, without debilitating fears

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with hypnosis to give your overworked mind the tools it needs to remedy its own stresses and feelings of anxiety. It focuses on the most up-to-date theories and techniques of hypnotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy and neuroscience to reverse the feelings of stress and anxiety as well as allowing you to understand what I do and why I do it.

CBH is evidence-based, in that there are clinical studies validating its effectiveness as a treatment for stress and anxiety and what I do here at Behavioural Freedom is to work with you to help you make positive and lasting changes to the way you think and act. I will also look to identify the underlying causes of what makes you stressed or anxious so that in time, you will become free of the unwanted behaviours that negatively affect how you live your life.

CBH is a fully integrated approach to treatment of stress and anxiety and increasingly, it is becoming the dominant approach to clinical hypnosis.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of stress and anxiety.

The benefits to you of using CBH (backed up by solid evidence and comprehensive research) are immediate –

  • The addition of hypnotherapy to CBT has been proven to shorten treatment times
  • Hypnosis enables you to see things more vividly in your ‘mind’s eye’
  • Hypnosis solidifies the relationship and builds rapport between you and your therapist
  • You can learn to ‘self-hypnotise’ by inducing a deep state of relaxation
  • Under hypnosis, you have an increased opportunity of receiving and understanding the suggestions your therapist makes to free you from unwanted behaviours

For the treatment of phobias – Please contact me today to start the journey back to behavioural freedom.