Phobia treatment is normally straightforward
When considering phobia treatment – it may be spiders or snakes or worms. For others, it may be fear of crowds, fear of heights, fear of driving or of motorways or fear of flying or fear of exams. It could be shopping in supermarkets or a host of situations or experiences that literally send the sufferer into terror.
Phobias and fears are extremely common. In fact 11% of us will experience one at some time in our life and are twice as common in women as they are in men.
People can be phobic of buses if they experienced or witnessed a trauma on one or of a certain food if they once almost choked on it. In fact, there are thousands of ways whereby a response can develop. Children can learn a response from their parents or carers. It is not even necessary to witness the original cause of the fear.
The good news is that in most cases, phobia treatment is quick and easy
- Trance is a critical part of the relief, being the de-traumatising of a very clear experience that is still active in the limbic system.
- Occasionally what is needed may be called virtual REWIND. Then what is confronted in a state of deep relaxation is not a real memory but a fear that seems real.
- New thinking, relaxation help and visualisations, is not normally a critical step – other than for detailed trance rehearsal work.
- The exception is agoraphobia where the consequences will have evolved to become more serious. Work and social interaction will be failing and this will feed the phobic fear of leaving home. The full range of Human Givens Counselling will be required to facilitate recovery.
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