Are Phobia Symptoms Keeping You From Living Your Best Life?

Are Phobia Symptoms Keeping You From Living Your Best LifeHave strong or persistent fears, doubts, and worries left you feeling isolated and stigmatized? Is anxiety so intertwined with your fear that you can’t tell them apart?

You may know that something is wrong—but you don’t know how to articulate it to your friends or family members. Even if you’re sure your loved ones will respond with encouragement and understanding, feelings of guilt, shame, and self-doubt can make it hard to be open and honest about your experience.

When your phobias are triggered, you may feel distressing symptoms that are similar to a panic attack: sweating, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, dizziness, shortness of breath, and nausea. In an effort to maintain a sense of control, you might start self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Or perhaps you are avoiding situations and events that you used to enjoy. Maybe you missed a friend’s wedding because the thought of getting on a plane or being surrounded by so many people was too much to bear. Or you might drive 20 miles out of your way to avoid a certain bridge, which has caused you to be late to work. But the increased time alone has left you feeling even more isolated and misunderstood. And with every work event or social gathering you miss, you can’t help but blame yourself.

Even when you know fears are irrational, racing thoughts can make it hard to feel truly safe and comfortable in your own skin. Your whole life seems to be planned around your phobia, leaving you wondering why you can’t do what others do, and why you always seem to be anticipating the worst.

Do you wish that anxious thoughts and phobia symptoms would stop restricting your life? Are you ready to work with someone who can help you manage your fears in a healthy way?

Phobias Are Often Rooted In Childhood Trauma Or Recent Events

Everyone deals with fear in their lives—but it isn’t always easy to define a cause or identify a path to hope and healing. Uncertainty about whether you are coping with a phobia, anxiety, panic attacks, or “normal” worries can increase self-doubt and make it harder to seek outside help.

There are many reasons why phobias develop. They can be rooted in a childhood experience, or may be a consequence of a more recent traumatic event. It’s possible for your unconscious mind to remember something that you don’t consciously remember. Regardless of how a phobia may have developed, you aren’t alone. Roughly 10 percent of Americans have some kind of phobia that prevents them from living a full, productive life.

While some fears (like a fear of heights, public speaking, snakes, or spiders) are seen as legitimate, many other phobias (such as a fear of bridges or bumblebees) are seen as “irrational.” This unfortunate stigma keeps people from seeking help, which drives them into deeper fear and shame, making it more difficult—if not impossible—to manage phobias on their own.

Fortunately, there is help. You don’t have to live a life that is defined by paralyzing fear. Hypnosis for phobias can help you calm down and analyze your thoughts, feelings, and breathing, in order to slow down your reactions and consider the present situation. While you can’t always change the things that frighten you, working with a phobia specialist can help you understand that you are stronger and more resilient than you know.

Phobia Treatment Can Help Boost Your Confidence And Sense Of Control

Reaching out for phobia hypnosis therapy is a brave step, and you’ve already done the hardest part by accepting that there is a problem and visiting this page. For many of my clients, the knowledge that they are entering a safe, judgment-free environment is enough to alleviate some fear and foster a greater sense of hope.

Early in our work together, I will help you develop “anchors” you can use to stay grounded and focus on the present when you sense your phobia is being triggered. This helps change the way you visualize the situation in order to reduce anxious thoughts and emotions that are associated with the phobia. You can learn mindfulness techniques to help you stay in the moment without flashing back to a specific painful event or thinking too far ahead and becoming anxious about what might happen.

I will also help you regain a sense of control over your body’s responses to fear and anxiety. When you learn to focus on how you’re sitting and breathing, and where you hold tension in the body, it helps develop greater confidence and self-awareness, allowing you to recognize and challenge irrational fears before they become overwhelming.

Hypnosis for phobias offers more immediate relief than traditional therapy alone. While I typically see clients for 6-12 sessions, a majority report feeling calmer and more relaxed after the first session, depending on the progress of the individual. That’s because I take a holistic approach to phobia treatment, tailoring each session to your unique needs and goals so you can find hope and healing in every aspect of your life.

In addition to hypnotherapy, I also draw from a range of “traditional” modalities, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), guided imagery, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). All of these techniques help to keep you grounded, giving you something else to focus your energy on instead of the anxiety or phobia. Instead of seeing the fear, you see the anchor.

I also do coaching work and teach self-hypnosis so you can do this on your own any time anxiety or phobia triggers come up. More than anything else, I want you to be a part of your own phobia therapy so you can feel empowered and in control long after we finish our work together.

I have been practicing hypnosis for phobias since 2009, and have completed a great deal of training around phobias and anxiety. It is a joy for me to see people learn how to conquer their deepest fears and phobia symptoms.

It all starts by coming in and working on your fears. I love being able to help people learn to live their fullest life, and I want that same hope for you. Seeking phobia treatment is a sign of strength, not weakness. When your mind is made up to take action and make a change, you can already feel more powerful and less alone.

I went to Lynne for hypnotherapy to try to resolve a couple of anxiety-related issues. I had developed a longtime fear of driving on the highway. With her therapy, I gained the confidence to drive on the highway again without suffering panic attacks. Lynne also helped me achieve relief from my stress-related jaw tension (TMJ). I’m grateful to Lynne for her compassionate, insightful, calming, and optimistic approach.

RT, Lake Forest, IL


You May Have Some Concerns About Hypnosis For Phobias…

How long will this take?

Phobia hypnosis is an investment in your wellbeing that continues to pay off long after our work together is finished. This is short-term therapy, with a minimum of 6 sessions, depending on the progress of the individual — you don’t have to keep seeing me forever. Many of my clients tell me they feel more relaxed after our first session; they finally have a safe space to share their experience, and that validation offers both comfort and hope. After just a few sessions, you will have learned a variety of skills and techniques you can use to help yourself in the future. And if you ever want additional support, you can call or text me when you need it—even if it’s been months or years since your last session.

I’m worried I’ll be judged.

You won’t be. I have been treating people with phobias for a long time, and have seen and heard all kinds of things. I believe the path to healing starts with a safe space where you can share your experience without fear of being judged, and there is nothing you can say that will shock me. In my office, you are free to share and feel whatever you need to.

Will anybody find out that I’m getting hypnosis for phobias?

Our work together is completely confidential. The only way someone will find out you are receiving hypnosis for phobias is if you decide to tell them.

Take Back Control Of Your Life With Hypnosis For Phobias

If you are ready to feel confident and in control of your thoughts and emotions, I invite you to contact me to schedule a free consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Office Information
I have office locations in Palatine and Highland Park.

Highland Park, Illinois
454 N. Central Ave
Highland Park IL

Phone: (847) 254-8393


I am a member in good standing with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association®, and National Guild of Hypnotists, a Referral Service dedicated to providing the community with excellently trained Certified Hypnotherapists.