Susan Cassidy
DHP MNCH(Reg)

Susan Cassidy trained at EICH Bristol (Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis). She is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

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Fears and Phobias

The origin of a phobia is usually associated with the emotions caused by a traumatic event from early life. For instance, fear of flying may have been started by an initial event where the child was perhaps trapped in an enclosed space and although he recovered from the event quite quickly his subconscious mind locked this memory away for possible reference in the future.

Later in life when that person is perhaps under pressure and anxiety levels are high he may find himself in the ‘enclosed space’ of an aeroplane in terrible weather. The subconscious mind, noting high anxiety, steps in with a panic behaviour response from the childhood event. This is because the subconscious mind needs to find the nearest matching experience in order to know how to behave. This fear then finds a focus on the flight itself and thus the phobia is born which escalates in severity every time he attempts to fly.

When any fear becomes a phobia it can be extremely debilitating and restricting many areas of life.

Using hypnotherapy, phobias can be cured within three to five sessions.

  • Initially, Hypnosis is used to access the subconscious mind, where response patterns reside, facilitate deep relaxation and reduce levels of anxiety.
  • Next the original trauma is accessed via hypnosis and using specific techniques the subconscious mind is desensitised to it. In other words, the emotion is taken out of the experience.
  • Finally, we can re-programme the individual’s subconscious to be totally unaffected by the particular object of fear so that he/she will be unaffected by it in the future.
WITH HYPNOTHERAPY IT IS POSSIBLE TO CURE A PHOBIA FOR GOOD IN 3 – 5 SESSIONS

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