Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia) Hypnosis
Arachnophobia is the scientific name for the fear of spiders. It can affect anyone and is one of the most common phobias in Europe. It is not particularly common in the Americas. A survey in England suggests that spider size, colour and leg length were the most important reasons offered for being afraid of spiders. For many people the threat of sudden movement by a spider is an important part of the fear.
The fear takes over because of an alarming incident when you saw a spider, or spiders and for some ‘good reason’ you felt alarm and fear at the same time. This set up a conditioned response: see spiders, feel afraid, panic. This is an automatic, unconscious response – beyond conscious control. It is not because you are cowardly or weak-minded: it can happen to anyone. The question is: what to do to stop this happening? If you do have a spider phobia there are things that you can do to quickly get rid of it for good.
Until recently desensitization was the only approach in common use. This involves gradually exposing you to spiders, closer and closer, or suddenly exposing you close up to lots of the creatures. Not everyone can take this treatment, it sounds a little like torture to us. It did have some success although it took lots of time.
Another approach is to get you to remember the moment when you accidentally acquired your spider phobia, float you into a garden or onto a beach and ask you to comfort the young you at the moment when you were terrified.
I use a mixture of NLP and hypnotherapy to help you stop the fear of spiders affecting you ever again. I will show you how to use specific anti-phobia techniques. This will allow you to change your automatic response to a spider in a conscious manner: you will learn how to regain control of your imagination and make it work for you. I use hypnotherapy to suggest changes at a deeper level, making use of direct and indirect suggestion, metaphor and story to make changes in an unconscious manner.
Hypnotherapy and NLP, combined with my strategy of a direct approach to the problem, makes a powerful tool for generating positive change, quickly and permanently.