Why is hypnotherapy combined with immersive therapy the best phobia Treatment? Any phobia should be treated holistically and seeing your GP first for options of treatment is always a good idea. However, clinical hypnotherapy alongside an immersive therapy option is proving to be the most powerful, effective and quickest way to beat a phobia. This powerful combination creates a change in the brain for lasting results.
First, clinical hypnotherapy is very different from stage hypnotherapy which is for entertainment only. Stage hypnotherapy falsely spreads the myth that people lose complete control when hypnotised. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone has complete control while being hypnotised. And a state of hypnosis is actually a very natural state that we slip in and out of on a day to day basis!
Clinical Hypnotherapy is defined by the American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy as “an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state. Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.”
Clinical hypnotherapy allows someone to tap into their own subconscious through being guided to this relaxed state. As phobia triggers exist in the subconscious so it is the subconscious where the phobia needs to be addressed. Phobias should be tackled so extreme stress and anxiety that can triggerpanic attacks can be eradicated out of a person’s life.
Hypnotherapy is so effective with phobias because it tackles the underlying trigger of the phobia within the subconscious. Once a person has access to their subconscious they can eliminate their conditioned response to the stimulus. So instead of treating just the symptoms, hypnotherapy can heal the source for a lasting result. The best part about hypnotherapy and phobias is that often it only takes one or two sessions to completely cure the phobia! Years of expensive treatment are not needed.
What makes hypnotherapy even more powerful is when you combine it with immersive therapy followed immediately afterwards. Immersive therapy is when a person is exposed to and faces the stimulus that triggers the fear and anxiety with the guided support of the therapist. The really interesting thing is that adrenaline usually only last for about 20 minutes. So once the person gets over the initial rush they can start calming down and face their fear in a more calm and rational state that is strengthened by the rewiring of their subconscious through hypnotherapy.
These two techniques combined are really effective phobia fighters but at Creature Courage and Core Courage we have taken our therapy even further.
What makes this two techniques even more powerful is when you combine the hypnotherapy treatment with NLP techniques.(Neuro-Linguistic Programming ) NLP techniques are simple but powerful as they quickly help change the way we think about our problems and help us generate new patterns of behaviour. Neuro-Linguistic programming is how the relationship between mind, language and behaviour work together and empowers people with tools of how to be in control and get these three components working together with awareness and positive purpose.
Lastly, the final ingredient of powerful phobia fighting that we use is group therapy. Being in a small group is incredibly important in helping to defeat a phobia because people feel supported on their journeys to freedom with others who understand their fear. And different people respond to the therapy at different speeds. So the ones in the group that respond very quickly to the hypnotherapy and NLP therapy will be the first to face the immersive therapy and overcome their fears. Seeing others overcome their fears becomes a convincer for others who are still a bit hesitant and give them the courage to follow in their footsteps.
Taking all these factors into account is how we designed our Creature Courage and Core Courage phobia workshops to create the ultimate phobia fighting therapy!