Located in Carrollton, Georgia, & serving West Georgia,  Douglasville, and metro Atlanta.

Hypnotherapy for Fears & Phobias
Clinical Massage
Bodywork & Intuition
Seminar Dates & Location
Registration : BodyMindTherapeutics
Clinical Hypnosis
Contact Us

You Can Set Yourself Free

Among the primary reasons why people seek therapy is the need to  deal with fear reactions. The range of such problems is extensive-from  simple, annoying "hang-ups," to specific (or non-specific) fears which  affect the activities or enjoyment of life, to full-blown phobias which  may be a part of serious mental illness.

Under certain circumstances or in specific situations virtually  all people are subject to a variety of rational or irrational  apprehensions. Many of these originate in childhood when undeveloped  reasoning ability creates in a young person a natural climate for  developing fears of the unknown. Fears can, of course, develop in  adulthood through traumatic experience, but most prove to have  originated in early, impressionable years.

It is interesting to note that fears seldom travel alone. While  one may be dominant and apparent, investigation will usually reveal  others which are associated and inter-related.

Common Problems

For Service In the West Georgia Area, Please tedContact

Ted Ceccoli, MA

Certified Hypnotherapist;
Licensed Professional Counselor

by email or

Other Articles on Uses for Hypnosis:


Frequently Asked Questions

Stop Smoking

Weight Loss

Hang-ups: Fears and Phobias

Athletic Performance

Pain Management

Career  Advancement

Children:  The Best Subjects

Understanding Hypnosis


Insomnia - Sleep Well

Learning  Enhancement and Memory

Why Fear  Physicians and Dentists?

Personal  Development

Regression: Is It For Real?

Relationship Therapy

Memo to  Sales People

Seniors:  How To Stay Young

Hypnotherapy in Sex Problems


Stress  Management

The usual apprehensions that may exist in relative degrees of  severity include fears of flying, high places, rejection, failure (or  even success), pain, exposure, poor performance (sports, scholastic,  job, theatrical, sexual), death, the unknown, contamination, blood,  animals (including spiders, sharks, etc.), water, impending danger,  darkness, open spaces, closed spaces, loss of control and many others.  Fears are not necessarily bad. They can be highly valuable if they  serve useful purposes, such as creating caution in driving, locking  doors, being prepared for emergencies. But when a fear causes  alteration of a normal lifestyle, creating intense and irrational  behaviors, becoming a threat to a person's well-being, it merits  attention. Frequent occurrence is a strong warning signal that needs to be heeded.

A "hang-up" becomes a fear when it becomes noticeably disturbing  and begins to affect behavior. A fear becomes a phobia when it reaches  the point of being triggered by factors which are irrational and may be  unknown, and when it is experienced so frequently that it affects an  individual's normal activities. Lack of understanding of the repressed  conflict which causes the reaction may result in uncontrollable or  unreasonable behavior.

Hypnotherapists specializing in treating phobias have claimed  that the fear itself may not create the phobic reaction. It may well be caused by what the fear represents as an unknown danger.

Fears originating in adulthood may sometimes be caused by  chemical problems (hypoglycemic reaction) or by physiological reactions  (indigestion assumed to be a heart attack). The duration of the  reaction under the triggering circumstances may indicate whether the  cause is physiological or psychological. A psychological reaction,  since it anticipates the triggering episode, tends to diminish once the  situation is actually encountered. Physiological reactions, caused by  the event or activity itself, tend to increase once the triggering  situation begins.

A key point is that a phobic person is threatened by something  that does not in reality present a life threat. Yet the reaction is the same as it would be in a situation of real danger. The fear generates  more fear, and the situation cannot be confronted in a calm state, so  the victim makes every effort to avoid it.

The Advantage of Hypnotherapy

Specific fears often emanate from apprehension of impending  danger. Feelings of anxiety and panic tend to evolve into forebodings  of approaching disaster the source of which is not understood. The fear of loss of control is primitive and is likely to be a common element  and basic cause in all phobia cases. It is not uncommon in relationship break-ups.

The progressive development of fear and phobic reactions often  proceeds through four phases: Unrealistic self-statements create a  state of alarm; Fear of the fear itself develops; Personal feelings and  reason are rejected as the fear escalates; Avoidance begins of any  person, place, thing or situation which generates feelings of arousal or anxiety.

In mild cases reprogramming through hypnotherapy can prove  effective. Hypnotic suggestion can replace catastrophic thoughts with  truthful statements explaining the nature of the symptoms and the  realization that the physical sensations can cause no harm. Hypnosis  can slow the heartbeat, achieve a sense of balance, generate relaxation  through deep breathing, and free the throat to swallow, overcome  sensations of temperature change and promote clear-headedness.

In more severe cases, symptoms are usually apparent, but true  causes likely are unknown. The condition which created the fear is a  threat to the victim because it is unresolved. Exposing the cause can  diminish the anxiety associated with the fear by taking it out of the  unknown so that rational suggestion can be used to alleviate symptoms.  Some causes apparently producing present symptoms, however, may prove to be themselves symptoms of yet a deeper cause.

Once causal factors are revealed, the hypnotherapeutic technique  of circle therapy may be the treatment of choice. This is a  well-recognized desensitization procedure to bring the psyche back into  balance, eliminating the fears by hypnotic confrontation. The fears are met and faced through the subconscious mind. Repeated confrontation  causes deterioration of the fear symptoms and increases the ability to  face and deal with past traumatic experiences without apprehension,  which the conscious mind then accepts.

 Home    Clinical Massage    Bodywork & Intuition    Seminar Dates & Location    Registration : BodyMindTherapeutics    Clinical Hypnosis    Contact Us 

©2010-2012 BodyMind Therapeutics, Inc., Carrollton, GA.
All Rights Reserved.
Webmistress: Nancy at Celestial Dynamics.