Fixing your Phobias

You may have lived with your phobia and the profound anxiety and distress it causes for months or years. So what stops you tackling the problem?

You can get rid of your phobia without any more trauma in just a few therapeutic sessions. However, you might find the thought of overcoming your phobia traumatic in itself. You might imagine you will be asked to face the spider or the needle, either in reality or in your imagination. The thought terrifies you.

The good news is you can deal with your phobia using NLP and hypnosis without any re-traumatisation.

What is a phobia?

A phobia is an overpowering, unbearable and irrational fear to an animal, insect, inanimate object or experience. Phobias range from the bizarre to the banal: birds and dogs, spiders and bees, buttons and tissues, flying and driving, even monkeys, milk and money. These phobias, that can seem utterly weird to those that don’t suffer from them, can be mildly irritating or absolutely crippling. Yet you still may be holding on to this debilitating condition. Why?

You may have a phobia that’s so severe you have organised your lives, and your family’s lives, around the problem. You may simply avoid the trigger for the phobia at all costs, and have been so successful at doing so, you no longer think you have a problem. But you are restricting your life and impacting on the lives of your family and friends in the belief that there is nothing to be done.

Reactions to phobias can by extreme. You may find thinking about the phobic problem can be enough to create an overwhelming fear response. This is anticipatory anxiety. In addition to the distress you anticipating your phobia, you may experience the irritation and frustration of friends and family. They may make adjustments around you but really don’t understand how distressing the problem is for you, which leads to frustration and even anger. Reactions can include nausea, sweating, stomach upset, screaming, trembling, heart palpitations and even shortness of breath. The reaction appears completely irrational but to you,  experiencing the phobic response, or the even the anticipation of it, feels life-threatening. And in reality, it can be a very serious, debilitating and distressing condition.

What creates a phobia?

The origins of a phobia can be a specific time or event which was traumatic for the individual. This creates a negative ‘anchor’ so that when you are confronted with the object that causes you to be anxious and fearful, you re-experience those feelings all over again, with the same or increasingly intensity. Phobias can also be a behavioural response learnt from a parent or sibling that relates to an object or animal phobia.

Some people are more pre-disposed to be anxious than others and are therefore pre-disposed to developing phobias. For those on the Asperger’s spectrum, for example, who suffering from sensory processing disorders and are often forced to live in highly stressful situations, developing irrational fears and phobias will be more common.

Why use NLP to Remove a Phobia?

Many other therapeutic approaches take a long time to desensitise you to your fear, bringing it into your consciousness and rationalising the irrational. You may also have to confront your fear, albeit slowly and in a very controlled environment.

At one time, psychologists would use a prolonged process known as systematic desensitisations to resolve the phobia. This could take many sessions. Today, a combination of hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can resolve the issue without inducing any further stress. Sometimes in as little as just one session.

NLP works on the basis that you have unconsciously programmed your mind to ‘do’ this behaviour in response to the fear stimulus. Very simply NLP and Hypnosis erase the patterns in your unconscious so that you simply cannot recreate the phobic response and can do so very quickly. Our minds are wonderful learning machines. At some stage in your life you learnt how to ‘do your current phobia’.

Using NLP, hypnotherapy and, if necessary, Time Line Therapy ™ I can help you to re-programme your mind so that you will unlearn the phobia, often within a few hours.  Sometimes a phobia can be removed using the NLP techniques within 1-2 hours if you are with the right NLP therapist/NLP Coach. If the phobia is associated with a number of more profound underlying anxieties, we may need to work together a little longer.

If you choose to rid yourself of your phobia for ever, so you can move on with your life with comfort and ease, please get in touch with me for an initial free half hour consultation to discuss the possibility (with no obligation). We can discuss the best therapeutic approach for you and you can decide if you would like to go ahead or not.

Phobias: Common and Rare

Here are just a few phobias that Sense-Ability can help you overcome, complete with their very serious sounding Latin names. You may find some amusing, or ridiculous, but there is no end to the list of things that create this very distressing phobic response. However debilitating, unusual or strange theymay seem, they can be overcome.

Situational Phobias:

  • Atychiphobia: fear of failure - often deep rooted and linked to self-limiting beliefs

  • Dentophobia: the dentist - can impact on dental health

  • Glossophobia: presenting/public speaking - can impact on your career

  • Iatrophobia: fear of visiting doctors – with obvious health implications

  • Pteromerhanophobia: flying - making holidays stressful, often confronted only when the sufferer has to fly, for example to a funeral

 Environmental Phobias:

  • Acrophobia: heights - from climbing ladders to standing on cliffs

  • Aquaphobia: water - usually the sea, rivers or lakes but can be water in the bath

  • Arsonphobia: fire - a reasonable fear, but a crippling phobia

  • Astraphobia: thunder & lightening - not easy to avoid when the storms come

  • Mysophobia: germs - can lead to OCD like behaviours

Creature Phobias

  • Ailurophobia: cats – hard to avoid in our cat loving culture

  • Arachnophobia: spiders – although spiders are benign in this country, this is one of the most common phobias

  • Cynophobia: dogs – making walks more stressful rather than relaxing

  • Ichthyophobia: fish – easy to avoid on the whole but can affect swimming in the sea or lakes

  • Musophobia: mice & rats – also one of the more common phobias

  • Ophidiophobia: snakes – not a wholly unreasonable fear but can be crippling on holiday

  • Ranidaphobia: frogs – you never know when you might see one

  • Selachophobia: sharks – don’t watch Jaws, the root of many phobias

Object Phobias

  • Catoptrophobia: mirrors – a rare phobia linked to self worth or in some cases supernatural fears

  • Chrometophobia: money – a complex but rare phobia

  • Koumpounophobia: buttons – this is much more common than you might hink

  • Lactaphobia: milk – a phobia more common in children

  • Trypanophobia: needles – a common phobias with clear health implications

 Body Phobias

  • Chirophobia: hands – having a huge impact on social interaction

  • Epistaxiophobia: nosebleeds –many different root causes, including cultural

  • Genophobia: sexual relationships – often linked to a strict religious upbringing

  • Genuphobia: knees – a fear of one's own, other people's and a fear of kneeling

  • Gerascophobia: fear of growing old – we all fear this to some extent, but if we can’t adapt to the aging process, we don’t stay living in the moment and enjoying life

  • Haemophobia: blood – another very common phobia with health implications

  • Necrophobia: dead or dying people and/or things – how our families handle death and dying can impact on how learnt to handle it ourselves

  • Omphalophobia: belly buttons - a fear of their own or other people's belly buttons
    Thanatophobia: dying yourself – this seems a natural fear, but a lack of acceptance of the cycles of life can have a crippling impact to how we live now

If you would like more information on how Sense-Ability might be able to help you resolve your phobia, so you can live your life fear free, please contact Jane Pendry on 07843 813 883 or at

Jane Pendry
NLP Practitioner and Hypnotherapist
07843 813883