Overcoming Food Phobias Through Hypnotherapy—What to Know

cibophobia food phobia hypnotherapy

People from all walks of life sometimes experience abuse, anxiety, and depression at some point in their lives. These experiences are rooted in a negative perception of an event that is usually accompanied by great trauma. It starts in the subconscious, and despite what our logical mind dictates, fear sets in the subconscious where phobia and anxiety are formed.

One such fear can be directed to food—a phenomenon known as Cibophobia. Food phobias can vary, and they can have very serious effects on the patient suffering from it. Through hypnotherapy and transformative healing, the patient can overcome their anxieties, fears, stress, and depression. 

Here’s what you need to know about food phobias and how hypnotherapy can play a vital role in overcoming them.

How can food phobias affect you?

Food phobia of salad, vegetables or fruit
Cibophobia (food phobia) can give you an aversion to food like you see above

Every person has their own nutritional requirements to remain healthy and physically fit. But for people who have Cibophobia, an aversion to food can pose a serious risk to their health. When someone gives in to the phobia, their aversion to food becomes too extreme that they end up depriving themselves of food that the body needs in order to survive. Nutrient deficiency and other illnesses will soon follow.

Another type of phobia revolves around the inability to swallow food. The anxiety stems from the perception that you will choke and suffocate just by eating food. This is perhaps a more extreme example as some patients don’t even consider eating any solid food at all. 

A person with a food phobia can also be affected mentally and socially. When invited to any social activity, these people tend to hold themselves back and seclude themselves from family and friends—impacting their social life and their relationships with others.

Understanding Your Food Phobia

Food phobias can be traced back from childhood or any experience with great trauma. These experiences are called the Initial Sensitizing Event (ISE), and understanding it through hypnotherapy is the first step to overcoming one’s fears. Your fears originate from the subconscious, and that’s where healing needs to start.

It might be painful or even frightening to revisit the source of your trauma, but that is where hypnotherapy works its way to self-healing. By unlocking your mind, you gain a deeper understanding of your fears and where it all started.

eating healthier through hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can help you to release your food phobia so that you start to enjoy healthier eating.

Phobia of Salad

Phobia of salad is very common amongst people with food phobias. It can be the most challenging food phobia for people to face up to. Salad has so many components to it. Different textures (which is a big issue for people with a phobia of salad), different colours and different tastes. With all of these things going on in the same bowl or on the same plate, it’s easy to see why people can become overwhelmed.

The easiest way for people to approach this if they have a phobia of salad is to try one thing at a time and get used to that before adding a second item. This way, you’re reducing that overwhelm and giving your body and mind time to adjust to each step rather than trying to tackle a marathon when you haven’t run before.

During the session for hypnotherapy for food phobia, we can work through salad items. At the end of the session, if we have time, we can also do a general shifting for all food that you currently don’t eat to help make it quicker and easier for you to tackle your phobia of salad on your own.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnotherapy leaves the patient in a heightened state of awareness, where the mind is relaxed and the subconscious is vulnerable. Memories can be accessed, dissected, and bypassed with hypnosis. You will be encouraged to imagine the food you avoid, how it smells, and most importantly, how it tastes. The process doesn’t only address the symptoms of fear, but it uncovers the cause and helps you rewrite it.

Through gentle exposure to food hypnotherapy sessions, you can reduce your anxiety and help you cope better with your phobia. All this can be achieved with the help of an expert in transformational energy healing and hypnosis.


People traumatised by a petrifying event in their lives can choose to break free from their predicament. Fears that control even the rational mind aren’t absolute—these can be broken down and re-interpreted through hypnotherapy. All you need is to seek help from an experienced hypnotherapist and work with them to overcome your phobias.
You don’t have to face your fears alone. Paul Ramsden is here to give advice, spiritual growth,  and transformational energy healing in Leeds. Whenever you need a life-changing shift or a greater understanding of yourself, look for Paul and let him be your personal guide. Get in touch today to book a session.