Phobias can be split into two main groups:
Simple or Specific Phobias
These commonly relate to a specific animal or situation, eg flying, dentists, spiders and don’t usually affect a person on a daily basis, their life isn’t ruled by the phobia.
A specific phobia can usually be helped with 3-4 sessions of hypnotherapy.
Complex or Non-Specific Phobias
A complex phobia causes continual fear and anxiety which affects a person on a daily basis, often severely restricting their life.
Two common examples are Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) where the person can avoid eating out or becoming pregnant or avoiding a child who has been ill with a stomach bug and Social Phobia, a fear of social situations such as public speaking, weddings, or even dinner parties with friends.
A person with a complex phobia will often have high levels of anxiety that need to be addressed first. Hypnotherapy to help a complex phobia will therefore take longer, but the results can be very rewarding and often life changing.