Updated: Sep 25, 2018
Read how hypnotherapy helped conquer an intense fear of needles.
Below is a copy of an Instagram post from a delighted client, who I treated for her debilitating fear of needles.
This young woman (21 yrs) recalled a frightening experience as a child of 4yrs old when she had a pre-school booster vaccination. Since that time, she was nervous of vaccinations but managed to cope when she had to have them. However, her fear seemed to escalate after she encountered a trauma as a teenager, her feelings worsened and she came to me for treatment when she had to have a series of blood tests as part of a medical investigation. By this stage she said that even the thought of a needle caused her to feel distressed, and she could physically feel the sensation that she dreaded feeling in her arm. She had managed to get to her appointment for the first blood test, but no amount of kind reassurance from the nurse could persuade her to have the blood taken. This message came after a series of blood tests over a few months, and was written from the hospital clinic:
“For anyone with a fear, phobia or anxiety, I highly recommend hypnotherapy. For as long as I can remember I have had an irrational fear of needles, and up until last year I have never been able to go through with having a blood test done, the thought of it was enough to turn my stomach and fill me with dread. My wonderful Mumma, has recently qualified as a hypnotherapist, and she thought she’d use me as her guinea pig. I am now able to have an injection or blood test without having a complete emotional breakdown, and today – my biggest test of all – I am able to sit here calmly, with a cannula in my vein waiting patiently for my next lot of blood to be drawn.” August 2018
The National Council for Hypnotherapy describes a phobia as “an irrational fear, literally a fear without good reason, or a fear of something that may not happen. People with phobias often experience unwanted responses to animals, objects, insects, actions or places”.
Phobias are probably more common than you would expect. It is estimated that more than 11% of the population have some kind of irrational fear.
You will probably be OK with managing your fears in your day to day life most of the time. A common way of coping is to avoid encountering the subject all together, literally, not talking about it, not thinking about it and not putting yourself in a situation where you have to confront it. Sometimes it may be possible to confront your fear, and after a short time the anxiety will naturally subside if you have learned ways to calm yourself down. The very action of getting through the experience and feeling the fear may have the positive effect of boosting your self-confidence and reducing the level of your fear next time, until you find it is no longer a problem for you. A lot of people ‘outgrow’ their fears, I know I had a fear of ‘daddy long legs’ as a child, but I managed to lose that fear by the time I was a young adult (perhaps it was because my siblings stopped teasing me about it).
Sometimes you cannot avoid your fears, but the physical and emotional responses that you have to a fear or phobia can still get in the way of you doing what you want or need to do in your life. They can prevent you enjoying yourself, there are numerous ways that fears and phobias can cause you to limit yourself and in time they may affect your general sense of well-being e.g. knocking your self-confidence or affecting the way you feel about yourself.
The range of physical and emotional responses that you may experience when you encounter your fear can vary widely from being slightly irritating to very uncomfortable, and it can become overwhelming. The physical responses that you feel are the natural responses of your body to a threat, or a stressful situation. Your body is actually showing you that it is doing its job well; it’s protecting you and once the threat has gone its natural state is to help you heal.
The problem with this automatic response is that your subconscious mind does not distinguish between real or imagined threats and regardless of which it is the stress response will be triggered unless you have learned to over-ride it. If a fear is irrational and repeated over time the fear message becomes hardwired in your brain, and no amount of rational persuasion will remove it. That’s why hypnotherapy is so effective for treating irrational fears.
When I treat you for an irrational fear, I am working with you at a subconscious level whilst you are deeply relaxed, so that you begin to see your fear from a different perspective and you will feel comfortable in your ability to deal with it when you are exposed to it.
Hypnotherapy is a very effective way of treating fears and phobias, often one treatment is enough to remove it, or at least to reduce it to such a level that you will be able to do whatever you need to do confidently and successfully. Sometimes it may take more than one hypnotherapy treatment, it all depends on your particular situation, and what you want to achieve. The magic ingredient in hypnotherapy is you. You need be able to fully engage and trust in the process and I am here to help you do that.
So if you have a fear or phobia that’s stopping you doing what you need or want to do in your life, why not contact me to discuss how I might help you?