Coaching for Phobias

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Phobias can make a person’s life hell. The fear we experience in a phobia is a very visceral fear. The sufferer may describe unpleasant sensations in their chest or abdomen, they may find they can’t keep still, and have an urge to run out of the nearest door. The phobia will drive us to avoid situations where we might encounter the thing we fear. Somehow the fact that the fear is experienced in the body, as well as in the mind, makes it seem much more real…

Helen had a phobia of birds which led her to avoid large areas of town – pretty much anywhere she was likely to encounter more than one or two birds. In order to get to work, she would take the bus and get off two stops early so that she could avoid the High Street which was plagued with pigeons. She would then take the smaller side streets and a couple of back alleys circling around until she reached her office by a very circuitous route. Going home she would do the same in reverse, but one of the back alleys made her anxious as she knew a friend had been robbed there. Still this was preferable to encountering pigeons.

And yet phobias are usually really easy to resolve. A one-hour session was all it took to resolve Helen’s bird phobia. This hour includes time for you to tell me about your phobia, after which I get you into a deeply relaxed state and then use the Rewind Technique to remove the phobia.

What exactly is a phobia?

A phobia is, by definition, an irrational fear. There is nothing irrational about being afraid of a cobra, particularly if you were to encounter it in close proximity without the safety of a glass or perspex screen. However a snake phobia means being afraid to look at a snake in a terrarium or even a photograph of a snake. That is not a rational fear.

Phobias can develop in response to a wide range of stimuli, commonly snakes, spiders and rats. Some of the less common phobias include birds, balloons and belly buttons.

There is often an identifiable starting point to a phobia – sometimes it may have been an incident or even a film inappropriate to your age. Helen’s phobia of birds started when she watched the film The Birds at an age when she was much too young. Naturally she was terrified. This will have resulted in the formation of neural pathways which led to her phobia.

So how do we get rid of a phobia?

The good thing about phobias is that they depend on those neural pathways for their existence and it is not so difficult to unravel them and establish new neural pathways which lead to a place where you are not afraid of birds or snakes or whatever it might be.

The process we use for this is called the Rewind Technique. This is a comfortable, effective treatment that can greatly reduce, and even remove, phobic symptoms quickly.

As anyone who has experienced it will know, it really messes with those neural pathways. At the end, the phobia may even seem rather ridiculous to the client and the fear has gone. Most importantly it allows you to be relaxed around whatever it was that had you so frightened, whether it was spiders, snakes or balloons.

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, you can email me: sorrel@oxalisosteopathy.co.uk