There are a multitude of fears and phobias; spiders, snakes, water, driving, flying, thunderstorms, needles, blood, doctors, hospitals, heights, small spaces, big spaces and many more! Amazingly about 1 in 9 people suffer from some sort of phobia.


What is a phobia?


It is an irrational fear of an object/situation that would not normally trouble most people.


Why is a Phobic response so extreme?


Because it is a 3 fold response:


  • The fear that you feel in that moment 

  • The fear you've felt in the past 

  • The fear you may feel in the future


That is why a phobic response is so extreme. Most people who dislike a situation are only experiencing the present moment fear, not the 3 fold combination of a phobic response. Any phobia may produce a state of panic when the sufferer is confronted with a the phobic object/situation. A wide variety of physical symptoms are experienced, such as nausea, increased heartbeat and 'jelly legs'. For this reason, many people with phobias enter into a pattern of avoidance which can vary enormously in severity from someone who would not want to touch a spider, to someone who cannot even look at a picture of a spider in magazines and therefore has to vet everything they come into contact with. The latter demonstrates just how debilitating even a simple phobia can be.


What are the most common phobias?


Agoraphobia - often described as a fear of open spaces, but it is actually more to do with a fear of places from where it is difficult to escape, such as crowded shops or buses. It is also linked to a fear that you might embarrass yourself, for example by fainting.


Social phobia - characterised by a fear of what other people think of you and can cause difficulties in social situations. For example, you may be terrified of speaking or performing in public. Hypnotherapy is a very effective way of dealing with fears and phobias. It is a way of reprogramming the subconscious to enable you to respond to the historically phobic situation in a calm and positive way.


HALO Therapies

92-94 Castle Lane West




Tel: 01202 859695

Mob: 07855 354388

The office is located above a shop called Bainton Flooring, which is in the parade of shops between the Kwik Fit Garage and Coop Petrol Station on Castle Lane.  Come in through Bainton's shop door, this will bring you into a small foyer with a door ahead of you signed Halo Therapies.  Please ring the doorbell and the door will be answered.


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