Fears and Phobias – Hypnotherapy Sessions Wakefield

What is the difference between fear and phobia?

We all suffer from fears and that is because a fear is a natural reaction when faced with possible real danger. For example the fear of heights when walking dangerously close to a cliff edge. A fear is your survival instinct to keep you out of harms way.

A Phobia can be considered similar to a fear because it would have originated from a natural fear. But a phobia is quite different because it has become an irrational over exaggerated fear. Often situations that present little or no danger can greatly affect an individual with a phobia.

When the fear of something (be it spiders, the dark, fear of flying or public speaking) becomes so intense that you will do anything to avoid it, this can be said to be a phobia. We all tend to have minor fears about certain things or issues, but if these do not threaten to interfere with the way we live our lives, then we can usually cope with them. Somebody with a strong phobia would tend to react with emotion even just thinking about the thing in question and, in this case it can make that person’s life very uncomfortable.

Phobias are often picked up in childhood, sometimes from our parents who may have been fearful of the same thing, and unknowingly have passed this fear on to the next generation.  Sometimes they develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic (e.g.”I feel fearful, therefore I must be afraid of something”). As children, we are like sponges, and our minds are very receptive, particularly in times of high emotion, for example when we have had an accident, or been hurt by something or somebody. These feelings and emotions can then become hardwired into the subconcious mind, and thus a phobia is establised.

Commonly people try to escape, and avoid the feared situation wherever possible. This may be fairly easy if the feared object is rarely encountered (e.g. fear of snakes) and avoidance will not therefore restrict the person’s life very much. At other times (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia) avoiding the feared situation limits their life severely.

Escape and avoidance also make the feared object/situation more frightening.

With some phobias the person may have specific thoughts which attribute some threat to the feared situation.

This is particularly true for social phobia where there is often a fear of being negatively evaluated by others, and for agoraphobia when there may be a fear of collapsing and dying with no one around to help, or of having a panic attack and making a fool of oneself in front of other people.

How can hypnotherapy help with phobias?

By using a combination of Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neurolinguistic programming), it is possible to get rid of the phobia very quickly. We can work at removing the trigger that causes your phobia and use techniques to release your emotions about your phobia.

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Client Testimonials

I had received hypnotherapy a number of years previously for treating agoraphobia and I found it very effective and changed my life. The problem of anxiety arose after my mum and dad passed away 3 years ago, and I felt sure it would help me again.
I was right. In contacting Lynne I found it really helpful. I felt more confident and less worried about the future. I found Lynne to be very professional but friendly and very approachable which I personally feel is why my treatment was successful.
It wasn’t just the hypnotherapy, it was working together with Lynne and putting things in place that I could use at home if I suffered a “blip”.
I would recommend anyone to be treated with hypnotherapy in this way as it is very successful, and has worked for me.


I sought the help of Lynne because I was struggling with alcohol. I am not addicted to alcohol but when I had to socialise I drank excessively to give me confidence. It did not matter if I knew them well or not at all. I would always drink before I went out would get really drunk become argumentative say and do things I would never do sober or a little tipsy. Lynn helped me through hypnosis what in my past could be one of the reasons I do this and gave me coping techniques. It has been approx. 10 months since I last had hypnotherapy and with the exception of a couple of lapses I have really controlled my alcohol intake at social events and people have commented I have done well and they are proud of me.


The results were almost instant, as you put my life in perspective. I could see things for what they were and the self-help i.e. breathing and techniques really worked for me.
I’ve not looked back.
I’ve not had an episode at all, I’ve cut down on my drinking. Losing weight slowly and feel generally more motivated. I’ve started to wean myself off the panic attack meds under guidance from docs, and I’m doing great.
I wouldn't think twice about returning to see you if I felt I needed it as you were very easy to talk to and put me at ease straight away. My life at the moment is great, and this is all because you taught me about my life and put it in order.
Can’t thank you enough


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