Phobias and Fear

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears

Hypnotherapy for phobias and fears

A phobia is an irrational fear, literally a fear without good reason, or a fear of something that may not happen. People with phobias often experience unwanted responses to animals, objects, insects, actions or places.

This physical response is known as a stress response; people often describe their reaction to something as being “paralysed with fear” or “having butterflies in my stomac”, “just wanting to run away” from whatever is triggering the response.

People with phobias often know their response is irrational, which makes it harder to accept. “Why am I reacting like this when I know it can’t hurt me?” is something most hypnotherapists hear from a client who has come to see them for treating a phobia.

Phobias are far more common than many people realise. It is estimated that more than 11% of the population have some kind of irrational fear.

Generally people manage their phobia on a day-to-day basis and only seek help from a hypnotherapist when it prevents them doing something they want to do, or when they know a situation will force them to face it. People are also aware of the possibility of unconsciously passing on their phobias to their children, who learn from their behaviour.

A seven year study showed that 50% of patients who were afraid of flying improved or were cured after treatment with hypnosis.

Spiegel, D. (1998) Report in the Harvard Mental Health Letter

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Hypnotherapy for phobias


A phobia is an irrational fear, literally a fear without good reason, or a fear of something that may not happen. People with phobias often experience unwanted responses to animals, objects, insects, actions or places.


This physical response is known as a stress response; people often describe their reaction to something as being “paralysed with fear” or “having butterflies in my stomac”, “just wanting to run away” from whatever is triggering the response.


People with phobias often know their response is irrational, which makes it harder to accept. “Why am I reacting like this when I know it can’t hurt me?” is something most hypnotherapists hear from a client who has come to see them for treating a phobia.


Phobias are far more common than many people realise. It is estimated that more than 11% of the population have some kind of irrational fear.


Generally people manage their phobia on a day-to-day basis and only seek help from a hypnotherapist when it prevents them doing something they want to do, or when they know a situation will force them to face it. People are also aware of the possibility of unconsciously passing on their phobias to their children, who learn from their behaviour.

A seven year study showed that 50% of patients who were afraid of flying improved or were cured after treatment with hypnosis.

Spiegel, D. (1998) Report in the Harvard Mental Health Letter

How do people get phobias

An irrational fear of something is a learned behaviour, sometimes from a parent or a respected friend or relative. It is part of the body’s natural defence system: often phobias are exaggerated fears of evolutionary memories; imprints on our brains that help protect us through caution, making us innately awareness of something that could harm us.

For example, we know there are poisonous spiders in the world that can hurt us and even kill us, so we have an awareness of that on a primal level. However, a house spider in the UK is completely harmless. A person with a phobia is unable to make this differentiation.

As a small child we learn about fears from our parents, as they teach us (consciously and unconsciously) how to live and relate to the world around us. If you see your parent being frightened of a spider, your instinctive response and the message hardwired to your brain is that this is a threat and can harm you too.

Over time, when you see a spider that message is reinforced, so it is exposure to that fear which compounds it and makes it worse.

They concluded that “the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years”, making it “a viable therapeutic option” for treating IBS.

The research is published in the journal Gut.

People often say to a hypnotherapist, “you’re my last resort” or “my final hope”. The most common phobias seen by hypnotherapists are:

  • Fear of flying

  • Claustrophobia

  • Fear of sickness

  • Fear of insects

  • Fear of heights

  • Fear of needles

How do people get phobias

An irrational fear of something is a learned behaviour, sometimes from a parent or a respected friend or relative. It is part of the body’s natural defence system: often phobias are exaggerated fears of evolutionary memories; imprints on our brains that help protect us through caution, making us innately awareness of something that could harm us.


For example, we know there are poisonous spiders in the world that can hurt us and even kill us, so we have an awareness of that on a primal level. However, a house spider in the UK is completely harmless. A person with a phobia is unable to make this differentiation.


As a small child we learn about fears from our parents, as they teach us (consciously and unconsciously) how to live and relate to the world around us. If you see your parent being frightened of a spider, your instinctive response and the message hardwired to your brain is that this is a threat and can harm you too.


Over time, when you see a spider that message is reinforced, so it is exposure to that fear which compounds it and makes it worse.

People often say to a hypnotherapist, “you’re my last resort” or “my final hope”. The most common phobias seen by hypnotherapists are:

  • Fear of flying

  • Claustrophobia

  • Fear of sickness

  • Fear of insects

  • Fear of heights

  • Fear of needles

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