Hypnosis for Phobia

Can hypnotherapy heal your phobia?

Phobias are essentially anxiety disorders that are triggered by a stimulus.  While your rational mind knows the needle is 'just a pin prick' or that being up high on a building will not kill you, the body and unconscious reacts differently. You may feel short of breath, get a racing heart, sweat or have abdominal pain or even a panic attack. It can negatively impact your life and you can even develop an anxiety about the phobia which creates a loop.  

Hypnotherapy can help you completely heal from a phobia. It works because we are talking to the unconscious, where the fear and phobia resides, not the rational mind. We speak directly to your unconscious creating new programs and pathways for your brain so that you no longer associate needles, flying, spiders, small spaces or public speaking with fear. The unconscious cannot distinguish between right or wrong or what is true or untrue. It can learn 'scripts' that can create a phobia. Hypnotherapy can help you unlearn the script and become phobia-free. 













What is the hypnosis like?

I work with a combination of different therapies:

  • I work with NLP to create new neural pathways through activating different 'feelings' around the phobia which helps you to disassociate the fear. This is very simple work but very powerful.  

  • If there is an event that has traumatised you I will work with EMDR to reduce the trauma, freeing you from the emotional charge. Sometimes the phobia itself can be traumatising and I will work on helping you reduce the impact of that so that the fear of the phobia is reduced.

  • I will then use hypnotherapy, putting you in an enjoyable and relaxed trance and making suggestions to your unconscious. This is like a deep guided meditation.

  • I can then work with psychotherapy, contacting the part of you that is phobic and helping you bring them to a place of relaxed healing. This is through using exposure to the phobia through the imagination and changing the responses using colour and visualisation. This is amazingly effective and is based on NLP principles.

  • Self-help tools. I have many tools you can use at home in adjunct to the sessions to speed up the process.

  • Exposure therapy - in some instances we can work with exposure therapy. This is only when you are ready and when you are not 'triggered' as strongly by the phobia. This might involve bringing a needle into the session or accompanying you for the blood test you need. It could involve you looking at a spider in a box or taking a short trip in an aeroplane or progressively moving up to the top floor of a building and looking out the window. Exposure therapy is not the main thrust of how I will work with you, it is an adjunct if we decide it's appropriate. It can be useful to test how far you have come and to have someone with you as you take your first steps.


I recommend a minimum of four sessions but depending upon your progress it can take more. I have seen many people completely overcome a phobia in four sessions and be amazed by it. Many people arrive desperate for help but not really believing anything will work. This combination of therapies is very successful.

Phobias can be triggered by a past event or be innate. Whatever the cause I can work with you to bring about effective change and help to diminish your anxiety. Phobias include:

  • Fear of Flying               

  • Needle Phobia

  • Fear of heights

  • Fear of small spaces

  • Fear of large spaces 

  • Fear of public speaking

  • Fear of spiders/snakes etc

  • Fear of needles

  • Fear of water

  • Social phobia

  • Fear of exams

If you have a phobia and wish to discuss it with me please contact:

Diana Joy |  Hypnotherapist

Balmain Hypnotherapy



"I have a had a fear of being in restricted places (like a dentist chair) and crowds of people. I would get anxiety walking into a football stadium. I would have panic attacks and it felt as if I was going to die. I had no idea if hypnotherapy would work but I had tried exposure therapy with a psychologist and unfortunately it didn't work for me. I had given up but someone suggested I see Diana as they had fixed their fear of flying. Diana  makes you feel safe.  I am surprised how fast it worked - it's great to be able to watch a game with my friends,  or be in a dentist chair without getting anxious.

Barry M  - Creative Professional