Phobias, fears and anxiety

Effective treatment for anxiety and fears such as Arachnophobia (spiders), Aerophobia (fear of flying), Acrophobia (heights), Hydrophobia (water),social phobia and Odontophobia (fear of dentists) in Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne and Dorset using hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Phobias explained

At Wessex Hypnotherapy centre in Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, Robert specialises in helping people to overcome fears and phobias. A phobia is best described as an internal anxiety that is triggered by an external situation. It can be a direct link to the phobia or something symbolic.

Growing up we go through many different experiences and emotions, these may be locked away in the subconscious of our mind. At a later date they can cause us to react to outside objects or situations with a feeling of anxiety. This can manifest itself in the form of a panic attack, or perhaps a feeling of being out of control, and yet it may seem to make no sense to the person having the fear of the situation.

An example of this could be a child who was trapped in a cupboard. The emotions created were so strong that the whole event was repressed and blocked out by the subconscious mind, and so a phobic reaction is created. Claustrophobia is the fear of being in confined spaces.

Some other common phobias include:

  • Arachnophobia (spiders)
  • Hydrophobia (water)
  • Didaskaleinophobia (fear of going to school)
  • Emetophobia (fear of being sick)
  • Trypanophobia (Injections)
  • Acrophobia (heights)
  • Haemophobia, Haemaphobia or Haematophobia (fear of bood)
  • Aerophobia (fear of flying)
  • Agoraphobia (open spaces)
  • Glossophobia (public speaking)
  • Odontophobia (fear of dentists)
  • Paruresis, toilet phobia, shy bladder (fear of having to urinate in front of others)
  • Arsonphobia or Pyrophobia (fear of fire)……….plus many, many more.

Some phobias are so acute that it will keep the person from seeking help from a doctor or the dentist. Agoraphobia could well be the reason why you cannot venture out of the house to seek medical help from your doctor. Odontophobia (fear of the dentist) may well stop you visiting the dentist for treatment you may well urgently require for your teeth!

There are thousands of other phobic reactions, like fear of the dentist, needles, blood, heights, birds, darkness, hospitals, snakes, stairs, dogs, cats, bee’s wasps, and even people; the above are just a brief example. For a full list of phobias please click here.


Hypnotherapy has changed my life not only with the fear of flying, but with several other fears I had before such as fear of enclosed spaces and a fear of rats and now both fears don’t even exist anymore. I am now happy, confident and much more relaxed than I used to be.
It is amazing I can’t believe that having hypnotherapy could make such a difference to my life now I can enjoy everything and feel great.

Thanks Rob

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What’s the difference between a fear and a phobia?

The main difference between the two is the severity of the emotional reaction. To give an example, a strong dislike of spiders is a fear that the person may feel very uncomfortable around spiders, and not want to go near one. A phobia though, is an irrational, uncontrollable, intense fear that can produce a physical reaction.

Social Anxiety

When experiencing a social anxiety (social phobia) it can hold you back not only in your personal life but also in business and your career. Just answering or talking on the phone in front of people can be very difficult, creating a feeling of being judged and business or social functions can become a real nightmare.

Social Anxiety can include:

  • Intense feelings of fear
  • Fear of rejection
  • Worrying about what other people think about you
  • Feeling of being inferior

Symptoms could include:

  • Blushing
  • A lack of confidence
  • Mumbling or stuttering speech patterns
  • Heart pounding
  • Sweating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Numbness

These symptoms can be increased when you are under pressure to achieve a goal, especially in front of other people.

Examples include:

  • Giving a presentation
  • Taking an important phone call
  • Conversing with somebody important
  • Attending a job interview
  • Being ‘put on the spot’

It can also occur in a social environment; the thought of going to a friend’s wedding, or a birthday party, ie the fear of meeting people.

Dealing with phobias, fear and anxiety

Help for Phobias, fears in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.

Although some anxieties and fears can be dealt with using suggestion therapy or combining hypnotherapy and a Positive Thinking Styles course the best way to deal with more deep-rooted anxieties and phobias is to use a course of hypnotherapy.

Don’t let phobias, fear or anxiety ruin your life, regain control!

For any more information about phobias and fears or to book a free initial consultation please call Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.


Other phobias & fears


Achluophobia: Fear of the dark.
Acousticophobia: Noise.
Acrophobia: Heights.
Agoraphobia: Spaces.
Agraphobia: Sexual abuse.
Aichmophobia: Needles.
Algophobia: Pain.
Altophobia: Heights.
Androphobia: Men.
Angrophobia: Angry.
Aphenphosmphobia: Being touched.
Apiphobia: Bees.

Bacteriophobia: Bacteria.
Bibliophobia: Books.
Brontophobia: Thunder and lightning.
Button phobia: Buttons.

Caligynephobia: Beautiful women.
Cancerophobia: Cancer.
Carnophobia: Meat.
Chiraptophobia: Being touched.
Cibophobia: Fear of food.
Contreltophobia: Sexual abuse.
Coprophobia: Faeces.
Cyberphobia: Computers.
Cynophobia: Dogs.
Dementophobia: Iinsanity.
Didaskaleinophobia: Going to school.
Dipsophobia: Drinking.

Ecophobia: Home.
Eisoptrophobia: Mirrors.
Elurophobia: Cats.
Enochlophobia: Crowds.
Entomophobia: Insects.
Eosophobia: Daylight.
Equinophobia: Horses.
Ereuthrophobia: Blushing.
Ergophobia: Work.

Felinophobia: Cats.

Gamophobia: Marriage.
Geliophobia: Laughter.
Genophobia: Sex.
Gerascophobia: Growing old.
Glossophobia: Speaking in public.
Graphophobia: Writing or handwriting.
Gymnophobia: Nudity.
Gynophobia: Women.

Haphephobia: Being touched.
Hemophobia: Blood.
Herpetophobia: Reptiles or insects.
Heterophobia: Opposite sex.
Hodophobia: Road travel.
Hominophobia: Men.
Hydrophobia: Water or of rabies.
Hypengyophobia: Responsibility.



Iatrophobia: Doctors
Ichthyophobia: Fish.
Insectophobia: Insects.

Kakorrhaphiophobia: Failure or defeat.
Katagelophobia: Ridicule.
Keraunophobia: Thunder and lightning.

Ligyrophobia: Loud noises.
Lockiophobia: Childbirth.
Lygophobia: Darkness.

Methyphobia: Alcohol.
Misophobia: Dirt.
Monophobia: Solitude or being alone.

Myctophobia: Darkness.

Necrophobia: Death or dead things.
Neophobia: Anything new.
Noctiphobia: Night time.
Nosocomephobia: Hospitals.
Nudophobia: Nudity.

Odontophobia: Dental surgery.
Odynophobia: Pain.
Ophidiophobia: Snakes.
Ophthalmophobia: Stared at.
Ornithophobia: Birds.
Orthophobia: Property.

Parturiphobia: Childbirth.
Pedophobia: Children.
Phagophobia: Eating.
Phallophobia: Fear of a penis.
Phengophobia: Daylight.
Philemaphobia: Kissing.
Philophobia: Falling in love.
Pocrescophobia: Putting on weight.
Potophobia: Alcohol.
Pharmacophobia: Drugs.
Pyrophobia: Fire.

Rupophobia: Dirt.

Scolionophobia: Going to school.
Sexophobia: The opposite sex.
Siderodromophobia: Trains.
Somniphobia: Sleep.
Suriphobia: Mice.

Telephonophobia: Telephones.
Thalassophobia: The sea.
Thanatophobia: Death.
Tomophobia: Surgical operations.
Tonitrophobia: Thunder.
Trypanophobia: Injections.


For any more information or to book a free initial consultation please call Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.

Confidentiality is strictly observed at all times.