Hypnotherapy for Phobias – Hypnosis for Fear Explained

Hypnotherapy for Phobias and Fears can help you to transform your life quicker than you’ve ever thought possible. Long gone are the days of having to work with a therapist for months on end and still having the same fear. These days, people are turning to hypnotherapy to release their fears.

Fear is the natural response to danger. The earliest experiences of our ancestors were not so different from those of us today. They lived in a world where insects, snakes, and other predators lurked around every corner. They could run and hide, but they could not simply standstill. Fear was a natural response to danger, and it made sense that it would be adaptive in this environment – “survival of the fittest” nearly certainly prevailed over “fairness” in their minds.

Anxiety disorders are an extreme form of fear, caused by anxiety that is temporarily overcome through exposure to certain situations or events (e.g., fear of public speaking). These disorders may be treated with therapy or medications; however, many people do better on their own. Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by phobias – irrational fears that are outgrown through experience or exposure to the feared situation or event (e.g., fear of flying). For example, there is no specific medical test for anxiety disorders; therefore it is possible for some people to have anxiety without having a true anxiety disorder (e.g., someone who simply does not like loud noises). Both types of anxiety can be treated with hypnosis and other relaxation techniques.

spider, tarantula, arachnophobia
Arachnophobia is probably most common phobia that people have

How Anxiety Disorders Can Be Linked to Fears and Phobias

Anxiety disorders are defined as a psychological condition characterized by excessive fear or anxiety that is accompanied by worrying about the future. People who experience anxiety have an abnormally high number of specific fears, worries, and phobias. The most common types of anxiety disorder are:

  1. agoraphobia (fear of public places),
  2. social phobia, panic disorder,
  3. obsessive-compulsive disorder and
  4. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In fact, there are over 50 different types of anxiety disorders.

Unlike physical conditions such as asthma or heart disease, there’s no clear biological cause for anxiety disorders. No single factor can be identified as the cause of all forms of the condition. The causes differ in the extent to which they affect people’s daily life and how many times they come back.

Nowadays, hypnotherapy has become widely used for treating a variety of medical conditions such as:

When our subconscious mind detects something that we are afraid of, it will initiate or fight, flight or freeze response. This can lead to a feeling that we call anxiety being in the body. The anxiety comes from detecting a potential danger which is great if there is a real danger. When there isn’t a real danger and you are experiencing anxiety symptoms, then that is an irrational fear response.

The body experiencing an anxiety feeling repeatedly towards a certain stimulus can lead to a fear or phobia over time. You might hear people say things like “I have a fear of crowded places” or “I have a phobia of going on the motorway”. This is a conditioned response to a stimulus that has turned from anxiety feelings into fear or phobia.

A phobic response can really affect your everyday life. Most people clear their phobia in the first session of hypnotherapy
A phobic response can really affect your everyday life. Most people clear their phobia in the first session of hypnotherapy

How Panic Attacks Can Be Caused by Fears and Phobias

Phobias are caused by the irrational fear of something. The most common ones are things like spiders, snakes, heights, the dark, water etc. These are usually called “fear” or “phobia”. You may be able to overcome your fear in some cases but you will still have it in other cases as well. So how does hypnotherapy help? Hypnosis is a part of self-help therapy that gives you back control over your mind and emotions. With hypnosis, you can overcome any state of being afraid or nervous which might be caused by the fact that you have a fear of something such as spiders, snakes or heights.

Panic attacks are basically an overloading of the nervous system from a stimulus response. Let’s say for instance that you have a fear of being in crowded places. There was an event in the past where you were in a crowded place and the stimulus from that event overloaded your system and you felt afraid for whatever reason. Sometimes it is just that there is too much information happening for you to be able to process. Sometimes it is because something happens to you while you are around people and your subconscious mind attaches the emotions/feelings to the group rather than the specific thing that upset you.

Now each time that you are around groups or crowds, you have an automatic response programmed in your subconscious mind to that stimulus. To move you away from that original feeling that you didn’t like, your mind protects you by giving you fear of crowds so that you won’t end up in that same situation. Being around a crowd in itself can be highly stimulating for you in regards to your fear or phobia response. If you add extra information either externally or internally (your thoughts telling you all the ways that situation could be worse for example) you can easily become overloaded.

Your nervous system to protect you will go in to shut down due to the anxiety overload and you will be left with a panic attack. This is just your subconscious mind trying to keep you away from your fear or phobia stimulus as it doesn’t know how to deal with it yet. Hypnotherapy can help you to be able to deal with this response in a calm and passive way which then stops the anxiety and the severe anxiety from happening.

Hypnotherapy for phobias is a better entire process for your mental health than exposure therapy
Hypnotherapy for phobias is a better entire process for your mental health than exposure therapy

Just One Hypnotherapy Session Can Help You Get Rid of Your Fears and Phobias

The process of hypnosis is to induce a state of relaxation and trance through the use of direct suggestion. In simple terms, this happens when a person is put into a state of mind that supports the therapist’s instructions.

Hypnosis is a short-term treatment for many types of anxiety issues and phobias, it can be used as an adjunct therapy to other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and others.

Whilst most talk therapies can take months, or even years, hypnotherapy is a “fast therapy” that can cure fears and phobias in just one session. When you look at the cost over several months of having traditional talk therapy, you are going to spend a lot more money and be afraid for longer than if you used hypnosis for treating your phobia. Over the years, many people have benefited from hypnotherapy for phobias to help them overcome their fears or phobias and it’s very much worth giving it a try.

Don’t Let Your Fears and Phobias Control Your Life

Do you fear spiders? What about snakes, rats, or other scary creatures? Do you feel afraid of loud noises like thunder and fireworks? Once considered a fringe therapy, hypnosis is now being adopted by professionals worldwide, who are at the forefront of the cutting-edge field of hypnotherapy.

Do you fear spiders? What about snakes, rats, or other scary creatures? Do you feel afraid of loud noises like thunder and fireworks? Once considered a fringe therapy, hypnosis is now being adopted by professionals worldwide, who are at the forefront of the cutting-edge field of hypnotherapy.

Here are some common phobias that people look for help with using hypnosis:

Hypnotherapy for phobias is a very fast cure for all of these phobias and many more. You can find a list of all phobias here as well as at the bottom of this page.

Hypnotherapy can help you to make a fully conscious, positive change and release learned responses to a feared object like a dog.
Hypnotherapy can help you to make a fully conscious, positive change and release learned responses to a feared object or stimulus like a dog.

Get Rid of Your Fears and Phobias with Hypnotherapy

Phobias are anxiety-causing situations that can be frightening, complicated, and even physically painful. These situations can be caused by negative emotions such as fear, anger, or disgust.

Once you understand the root cause of your phobia you can use hypnosis to help you overcome your phobia with a series of guided meditations, self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques. Once you have resolved your phobia, you can move on to other things that were causing the anxiety or distress in the first place.

Treat Phobias (Including Extreme Fear) Quickly With Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a fast cure for fears and phobias, and for many other things. It can help you with your fears or phobias, too. Hypnotic treatment can help you overcome your fears in one session. At the beginning of our hypnosis treatment, we will interview you about your phobia (or fear), give you a discourse on the benefit of hypnosis for phobias, and then hypnotize you to eliminate your phobia.

This is the most thorough and effective way to resolve any type of anxiety or phobia that you may have. Once you use hypnotherapy for phobias, it will take only one session to eliminate your fear or phobia once and for all.


We all have fears and phobias, but they are not insurmountable. Hypnosis gives you a new perspective on your fears and helps you cope with them. Hypnotherapy for phobias and fears helps you to be free from the old emotional response from environmental phobias as well as many phobias using a simple therapy process.

The Leeds Hypnotherapist has over a decade of experience in helping people to be free from their fears and phobias in just one or two sessions using clinical hypnotherapy. If you are looking for fears or phobias hypnotherapy in Leeds, you can contact me using the contact page to speak about booking hypnotherapy sessions.

Fears and Phobias That Can Be Treated with Hypnotherapy

Achluophobia – Fear of darkness.
Acrophobia – Fear of heights.
Aerophobia – Fear of flying.
Agliophobia – Fear of pain.
Aichmophobia – Fear of needles or pointed objects.
Amaxophobia – Fear of riding in a car.
Androphobia – Fear of men.
Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders.
Astraphobia – Fear of thunder and lightning.
Ataxophobia – Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia – Fear of imperfection.

Heliophobia – Fear of the sun.
Hemophobia – Fear of blood.
Herpetophobia – Fear of reptiles.
Hydrophobia – Fear of water.
Hypochondria – Fear of illness.

Iatrophobia – Fear of doctors.
Insectophobia – Fear of insects.

Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms.

Papyrophobia – Fear of paper.
Pathophobia – Fear of disease.
Pedophobia – Fear of children.
Podophobia – Fear of feet.
Porphyrophobia – Fear of the colour purple.
Pteridophobia – Fear of ferns.
Pteromerhanophobia – Fear of flying.
Pyrophobia – Fear of fire.

Bacteriophobia – Fear of bacteria.
Barophobia – Fear of gravity.
Bathmophobia – Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Batrachophobia – Fear of amphibians.
Belonephobia – Fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia – Fear of books.
Botanophobia – Fear of plants.

Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness.
Catoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors.
Chionophobia – Fear of snow.
Chromophobia – Fear of colours.
Chronomentrophobia – Fear of clocks.
Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns.
Cynophobia – Fear of dogs.

Leukophobia – Fear of the colour white.
Lilapsophobia – Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Lockiophobia – Fear of childbirth.

Mageirocophobia – Fear of cooking.
Melanophobia – Fear of the colour black.
Microphobia – Fear of small things.
Mysophobia – Fear of dirt and germs.

Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween.
Scolionophobia – Fear of school.
Selenophobia – Fear of the moon.
Somniphobia – Fear of sleep.

Tachophobia – Fear of speed.
Technophobia – Fear of technology.
Tonitrophobia – Fear of thunder.
Trypanophobia – Fear of needles/injections.

Dendrophobia – Fear of trees.
Dentophobia – Fear of dentists.
Domatophobia – Fear of houses.
Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents.

Ecophobia – Fear of the home.
Elurophobia – Fear of cats.
Entomophobia – Fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia – Fear of teenagers.
Equinophobia – Fear of horses.

Gamophobia – Fear of marriage.
Genuphobia – Fear of knees.
Glossophobia – Fear of speaking in public.
Gynophobia – Fear of women.

Necrophobia – Fear of death or dead things.
Noctiphobia – Fear of the night.
Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals.
Nyctophobia – Fear of the dark.

Obesophobia – Fear of gaining weight.
Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8.
Ombrophobia – Fear of rain.
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes.
Ornithophobia – Fear of birds.

Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women.
Verminophobia – Fear of germs.
Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches and witchcraft.
Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Zoophobia – Fear of animals.


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