An extreme or irrational fear or dread triggered by a particular object or circumstance

Fears & Phobias

A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear or dread triggered by a particular object or circumstance, to the point where it severely restricts your life.

For many people, coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact, with the object or circumstance is enough to trigger panic. Furthermore, if you have a phobia, you will go to great lengths to avoid an object or situation that most people consider harmless.

Irrespective of how unusual or irrational the phobia may appear, there is no need to restrict your life as all phobias are treatable, and here at the Yorkshire Wellness Centre we have an enviable track record in treating phobias.

Presenting issues

There is an infinite number of potential phobic objects and situations, which generally fall into one of the five following categories:

Fears related to animals (e.g. spiders, dogs, insects)
Fears related to the natural environment (e.g. heights, thunder, darkness)
Fears related to medical issues (e.g. injections, broken bones, falls)
Fears related to specific situations (e.g. flying, being in a lift, driving)
Other fears (e.g. choking, loud noises, drowning, buttons).

Claire

Fear of flying

I went to see Alan to overcome my fear of flying. I had a consultation and Alan said he was sure he could help me, and he most certainly did! I had 3 sessions and given homework from each one.

Alan explained that it wasn’t like what you would see on the TV, just about tapping into my subconscious and putting me in control.

I felt totally at ease and ready to try and overcome my fear. Alan taught me how to concentrate on my centre of breathing, use visualisation and self-hypnosis.

During our sessions I put my fear at a number 8 on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 been the highest and agreed that I’d be happy to have my fear at a number 3 on my next flight.

2 weeks after my sessions I went on a plane and was astounded at how well it worked. Outward bound, I just had 1 very slight “panic” on the descent, which lasted about 5 seconds, and I knew how to calm myself straight away.

Coming home, there was nothing, not flicker of fear or anxiety, so not even a 1 on the scale! I never knew flying could be so enjoyable!

I just wish I’d done this sooner. Thanks Alan for helping me overcome my fear of flying and would definitely recommend you to help anyone who suffers with any type of anxiety/fear/phobia.