Barry D Cooper BSc DipCHP HPD AdvDPLT MNCH(Acc) MBPsS

Fears and Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of an object, animal, event or situation. It can cause severe disruption of normal life and even misery and suffering. The fear may be strong enough to produce physical symptoms such as panic attacks, sweating, trembling, feelings of faintness and hyperventilation.

Phobias are generally “irrational fears” which can arise in a very wide variety of ways; if it exists, someone somewhere probably is afraid of it. Here are a few of the most common fears:

  • Public speaking
  • Spiders
  • Snakes
  • Water
  • Heights
  • Flying
  • Clowns
  • Open spaces (agoraphobia)
  • Closed spaces (claustrophobia and here are some more obscure ones)
  • Bananas
  • Statues
  • Knees
  • Theatres
  • Books

Fortunately, phobias can be treated fairly easily, often in a single session, though more may be needed in deep-seated cases. I use a combination of techniques, including hypnotherapy, NLP, meridian therapies and eye movement therapy, and even if we need more than one session the self-help techniques that I will teach you should help immediately.