Hypnotherapy for Phobias

Unravelling phobias with hypnotherapy

Phobias can significantly restrict our lives, causing immense distress and holding us back from fulfilling our potential. Hypnotherapy for phobias has been recognised by research to be an effective tool in managing and overcoming these intense fears (Menzies & Clarke, 1995).

Phobias: More than just fear

Phobias differ from typical fears as they are far more intense and can lead to severe anxiety. Phobias are largely subconscious and learned responses, which makes them particularly receptive to the power of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy for phobias

Upon encountering or even just contemplating the source of your phobia, you might experience intense feelings of fear and anxiety, along with physical symptoms such as dizziness, a racing heart, sweating, nausea, or upset stomach. The severity of these reactions can vary greatly depending on the frequency of contact with the phobia source.

Where do phobias come from?

Phobias can come from many places and usually, it’s not just one thing that triggers them. They can be complex, just like our minds.

Sometimes, a scary or bad experience can cause a phobia. For example, if you had a rough flight when you were little, you might grow up with a fear of flying.

Or maybe you learned to be scared of something because someone else was. Say your mom screamed every time she saw a spider. As a kid, you might pick up on that and start to think spiders are something to be scared of too.

Research also shows that some people might be born more likely to get anxious. If you’re already dealing with mental health issues like depression or stress, this could make you more likely to develop a phobia.

But no matter why you have a phobia, it’s important to know that you’re not stuck with it. Phobias can be treated and help is out there. If your phobia is getting in the way of your life, you might want to consider getting help. For many people, hypnotherapy for phobias has been a really helpful way to handle their phobias.

Types of phobias: Specific and complex

Phobias generally fall into two categories: specific (or simple) phobias and complex phobias.

Specific phobias are centred around a particular object, animal, situation, or activity. They usually develop in childhood and may lessen as we age. Examples include phobias of animals, environmental elements, specific situations, bodily issues, sexual concerns, or certain objects.

Complex phobias, often more impactful on daily life, tend to develop in adulthood, stemming from deep-seated anxiety about a situation or circumstance. The most common complex phobias include agoraphobia (fear of certain places or situations) and social phobia (fear of social interactions).

Just a few of the main phobias

Confronting your fears can be a challenging task, but understanding them can be the first step towards overcoming them. A ‘phobia’ is a medical term for an irrational fear or aversion to a specific thing or situation. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most common phobias, along with their medical names, to help you familiarise yourself with them.


Ablutophobia, a fear of washing or bathing, can cause individuals to avoid personal hygiene tasks that most people consider routine.


People suffering from acrophobia have an intense fear of heights that can lead to panic attacks and avoidance of high places.


Agoraphobia involves a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult. It often manifests as a fear of open spaces or crowded areas.


As one of the most common phobias, arachnophobia represents an intense fear of spiders and other arachnids.


Astraphobia, or fear of thunder and lightning, often develops in children and can persist into adulthood.


Those with claustrophobia experience a fear of enclosed or tight spaces, leading to feelings of suffocation or entrapment.


Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. Individuals with this phobia may fear dog bites or simply the thought of being near a dog.


Characterised by an intense fear of public speaking, glossophobia can lead to anxiety and avoidance of speaking events.


Hemophobia is the fear of blood. It can result in fainting or a feeling of extreme fear or distress when seeing blood or injury.


Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, is one of the most prevalent animal phobias. Even images or symbolic representations of snakes can induce fear.


Sitophobia is the fear of losing weight, which is essentially the fear of food or eating, but it can manifest as a fear of weight loss due to a perceived need to eat less or change dietary habits. This phobia, is intense and irrational, leading to anxiety when faced with the prospect of eating less or changing food habits, and the consequent weight loss that might ensue.


Trypophobia, or fear of holes, specifically refers to small holes in irregular patterns. These can include natural or man-made objects, from honeycombs to aerated chocolate.


Zoophobia, a generic term for animal phobias, represents a fear of animals in general. This can include specific animals or a fear of animals across the board.

Understanding the nature of these common phobias is the first step in dealing with them. Remember, you’re not alone in your fear, and professional help, such as hypnotherapy, is available to aid you in conquering your phobia.

Can hypnotherapy for phobias help?

Hypnotherapy for phobias: Communicating with the subconscious

Phobias aren’t something we control consciously. Even if we know, in our heads, that something isn’t really dangerous, our bodies and minds still respond with fear. Hypnotherapy aims to get past that by working directly with the part of your brain that handles these subconscious reactions. My goal is to change how you feel and react to whatever you’re scared of.

Here’s how it works. I will guide you into a deeply relaxed, trance-like state. Don’t worry, you’ll be in control all the way.

If you’re not sure why you’re scared of something, the session might start with trying to find out. You could end up recalling an event or experience that might have triggered your phobia.

Once you’ve got to the root of your fear, I will start using various techniques to help change your reaction to it. This usually means slowly and gently facing your fear, all while staying in a relaxed and calm state. The idea is to let you experience the object of your fear but respond differently, mentally and physically, in a safe and controlled environment so you can start to see it in a new light.

The impact of hypnotherapy for phobias

The number of required hypnotherapy sessions varies among individuals and depends on the severity of the phobia and the way you respond to our hypnotherapy for phobias treatment. Some people report a heightened ability to manage their phobias after just a couple of session, while others may require a couple more to build confidence in their new behaviour and reinforcement afterwards.


  1. Menzies, R. G., & Clarke, J. C. (1995). The etiology of phobias: A nonassociative account. Clinical Psychology Review, 15(1), 23-48.