Special Offer in Support Of World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is taking place on Thursday 10 October 2019 (this year’s theme is Suicide Prevention). To support this campaign and help people with mental health issues in general as well as those experiencing suicidal thoughts, I am giving a 20% discount to anyone with a mental health issue who books a treatment with me before 11 October. This discount will apply to the first and any subsequent sessions in the treatment process. For a free, initial confidential telephone consultation, or to just find out more about this offer and the help I can provide, call me on 07976 701223

Overcoming phobias

There are over 500 phobias and to date I have treated 13 different ones (apologies to anyone with triskaidekaphobia – a morbid fear of the number 13!).  Sociophobia (which includes fear of Public speaking as well as strangers and social situations) is the most common one people come to see me about, with fear of needles and fear of flying sharing second place.   What continues to sadden me is that so many people who have a phobia either don’t do anything about it, or have tried to confront it unsuccessfully. Either way, people fall into the trap of mistakenly believing it is something they are just stuck with for life.

Phobias of course can be installed in different ways…through frightening moments, close shaves  or maybe  ‘inherited’ (i.e. learned from parents, siblings close school friends etc) or may have just have developed over time with no known source.  Most phobias are formed before the age of 7  and once installed the coping strategy employed by someone with a phobia is usually avoidance. For example running away when a dog comes into view, driving many miles out of the way to avoid going over a bridge, not entering a room where spiders may be lurking and so on.  So people put up with a lifetime of  suffering when in fact it is needless.  It may seem hard to believe but it takes me just one or two sessions to cure someone of their phobia – just ask my clients who are now phobia free. So if you, or someone you know, no longer wants to have that extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, do give me a call.