Treatment for Phobias & Fears

If you’re suffering from an irrational phobia or fear which is impairing your ability to cope with daily life, I am here to help you resolve it.

I use the combined power of NLP, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for phobias and fears. I find that a combination of these is necessary to develop a tailored treatment for your phobia or fear; be it one of the common ones, such as: agoraphobia, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, dentophobia or aviophobia – or one of the less common types, such as: giaourtiophobia (fear of yoghurt), liticaphobia (fear of lawsuits) and Nomophobia (fear of having no mobile network).

Here is a longer list of phobias.

If you want to find out more about how I work with phobias and irrational fears from my clinic here in Oxford, read on, or get in touch to book your free,
30-minute therapy consultation

Fear can be a good thing

Like stress, fear is a natural way of protecting ourselves from danger. No one would argue that having a healthy fear of spiders in Australia, for example, is a bad thing, as some of the spiders there are highly venomous and dangerous to man. In this situation, fear can be a good thing; it protects us from doing something dangerous.

Fear can also be a bad thing

However, when there is only a perceived threat, but no actual threat of danger, for example, spiders indigenous to the UK; then this is where we all generally agree that the fear is no longer rational: it is now irrational, as there is no actual danger of being hurt. In this situation, the fear is no longer a good thing; it doesn’t protect us.

The prehistory hangover

All this happens is because our ‘inner caveman’ is being too efficient. Continuing with the spider example, the caveman in us is pre-programmed to be alert to dangerous creepy-crawlies, that used to exist in prehistory; but in modern day Britain they no longer do. So, you could say, we are suffering a hangover from prehistory.

And this ‘prehistory hangover’ of fear works for every conceivable thing; living or not living on this planet; it works for every conceivable situation also: flying, water, heights, dogs, cats, insects, loud noises, balloons, even seemingly mundane events like drinking from china cups and fastening buttons can
be phobic.

We all have unique phobias

OK, that’s the history lesson. But not everyone has the same fear. So, how do we develop a specific fear; specific that is, to us, that eventually leads to a
full phobia?

If you’re reading this and you have an irrational fear or phobia, you will have, at some point in your earlier life, experienced a unique situation in which the fear started. We’ll call this the Initial Sensitising Event, or ISE for short.

The ISE could be something remembered, or not. It may have been highly traumatic, or not. It could have been experienced first-hand by you, like a wasp sting; or it may have been something you picked up from the reaction of someone else, like a parent, sibling, friend, or child minder. A scream, at seeing a mouse in the kitchen, for instance.

Whichever way it occurred to you, it stuck in your head as a learning experience. This learning experience was rich in emotions, colours, movements, noises, tastes, smells, other physical sensations, perhaps even pain. Then a belief was also attached to this learning experience, a bit like a label, so you’d recognise it again in future. This label would have said something along the lines of “avoid this at all costs.

So that’s how the fear started. How then, does this become a phobia, you ask?

Subsequent Sensitising Events

As we go through childhood, we encounter other situations that may be similar to the ISE, where we may have to experience that same stimulus for fear again, e.g. a holiday flight on a plane or a dog running free in a park. This time, all the sensations of the original event, or ISE, are summoned and then are added to, by this Subsequent Sensitising Event or SSE.

This happens again and again, with more SSEs being experienced as we go through life, and we even add shame into the mix, as we know that our fear is irrational, and perhaps are teased by peers for having our fearful reaction. This makes our original fear so much more complex until finally it becomes
a phobia.

You can develop a full-blown phobia any time in life. Some start early in childhood. Others come later. Some children outgrow their phobias as they become rational adults, for instance, many of us lose a common childhood fear of the dark. Some people, however, do not lose their phobia. It has now become a familiar companion that is hard to shake off.

My phobia is unacceptable to me, so what can I do?

The good news is, your phobia can be significantly reduced to a safe level or completely removed, if it is safe to do so, using my therapy practice.

The reason I say this, is that, for some things in life, we still need a residue of fear to protect us, otherwise in a state of new fearlessness we may attempt to pat the guard dog or cup our hands around the wasp, to release it, and we all know that would be totally unwise.

However, if you feel that your phobia is ruining your life; restricting your freedom and making you feel foolish or just different, then I can assure you, you do not have to put up with it anymore; using the power of NLP, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, I can help you rid yourself of this heavy load in your life, naturally and with no side effects.

Always preferable to remove the cause

Using psychotherapy and NLP techniques alongside hypnotherapy means together we can find the cause, your Initial Sensitising Event, and subsequent triggers for your phobia and reduce it significantly, or even completely, if safe to do so.

It’s your life, and you deserve more

Don’t put up with it anymore; you can remove the fear that’s holding you back at home or at work in a couple of sessions. As I have said before, this phobia you are experiencing is neither inevitable nor incurable. Working with me, using the powerful, lasting therapies I employ means you do at last have a choice.

Contact Damon to book your Free Consultation

You need to experience it, to see for yourself.

To find out more, get in touch today on 07702 911787 for a FREE, no-obligation, 30 minutes initial consultation.