When intense fear and anxiety is triggered by a specific situation, this is known as a phobic fear response or phobia. On a scale of one to ten the intensity level of the fear will vary from person to person. There are many people who have successfully resolved minor phobias using hypnotherapy, from the more commonn ones such as fear of flying, illness, heights, dentists, needles, spiders, mice, blood, etc to many others too. Whatever fear you may have, it’s very real, very disruptive, and very uncomfortable for you. Phobias have usually been developed through a repeated pattern of learned behaviour, and this often stems from a specific trigger from a bad experience in the past, known as the initial sensitising event (ISE). Examples could include being bitten by a dog as a child, having a turbulent flight on an aircraft, being stuck in a lift, seeing a spider etc. Some may have stemmed from fairly recent times, but some phobic responses may have been triggered all the way back to the formative years of childhood and carried into adulthood. Some even go back to pre-conscious memory when we were small babies. There are a variety of techniques used by hypnotherapists to successfully resolve minor fears and phobias. Most targeted phobias can be dealt with in a relatively short space of time, as they are so specific. In a clinical environment, four or five sessions are usually sufficient working one to one with an experienced hypnotherapist, but using audio hypnosis therapy on it’s own, it is usually recommended that you listen to your recording for 21 consecutive days to begin with, in addition to any top-ups you feel are necessary. The amount of time needed to change your response to a previous phobic trigger patterns does vary according to the severity, and the individual. The golden rule is, ….repetition repetition repetition, and to be patient, until such time that your sub-conscious mind automatically runs the new positive programming given by the suggestions and techniques on each recording. If your phobias are more severe, and you feel you need more personalised help it is recommended to seek additional help one to one with a qualified practitioner in your area.