For someone living with a phobia of some kind, the continual use of avoidance techniques only serves to reinforce the issue and can, in certain circumstances, become a barrier to leading a normal life e.g. avoiding certain modes of transport or social gatherings.
If you have a phobia, it can feel like it is preventing you from enjoying certain aspects of your life, and that you’re constantly worried that you will find yourself in a situation where the phobia is going to rear its ugly head and cause you distress.
It’s very easy to slip into the frame of mind that says “I can’t travel by air or be on a crowded train, (or whatever the phobia may be), because I have a phobia, so I’ll avoid the whole thing”. Thinking this way can have a big impact on your life because it will restrict the activities you feel confident in doing with the result that you may miss out on opportunities like holidays, social occasions etc.
Despite how deep rooted the phobia appears to be, it really can be eradicated or the impact of it reduced to a comfortable level by hypnotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is particularly effective in treating phobias because you will discuss in detail the factors that bring about and maintain the phobia, analyse why they have the effect they do and establish a coping strategy (rather than an avoidance strategy).
There will be a considerable amount of discussion before any hypnosis takes place (which in itself can help,) because it is very important to understand what triggers the phobia, how long you have suffered with it, how you cope with it at the moment etc.