Fear of Shops

People have fears about all sorts of things, we all know about  fearing spiders and heights. Very often responses are perceived as over reaction on the part of the sufferer, often the person experiencing the fears also knows it is irrational. Flight, fight or freeze responses are in the very core of our being, a normal reaction in heightened stress situations, and it is those responses......

She wanted to buy a new dress... get her hair done

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People have fears about all sorts of things, we all know about  fearing spiders and heights. Very often responses are perceived as over reaction on the part of the sufferer, often the person experiencing the fears also knows it is irrational. Flight, fight or freeze responses are in the very core of our being, a normal reaction in heightened stress situations, and it is those responses that come out when we have fears.

A lady had been suffering Officinaphobia (Fear Of Shops) for about ten years and it had gotten progressively worse as the years rolled by. She relied on her kids to go to the shops and by the time she came to see us, the fear symptoms were starting even before she left her front door which clearly meant this had the potential to turn into agoraphobia (fear of open spaces). She was becoming severely distressed that this was impacting not only her life but that of her children and her family. She would not visit any of her relatives - they had to come to see her.  Doctors had prescribed anti anxiety medications as well as anti depressants - the depression brought on by her feelings of hopelessness. The final straw that made up her mind to finally seek hypnotherapy was that there was to be a wedding in the family, the first for many years and she wanted to go as she was the eldest Aunty and not only that she wanted to be able to go shopping for outfits, for her, for her kids, for a present....get her hair done!

After the session was over - we went in the car up to a local supermarket and danced around the aisles. She had such a look of absolute joy on her face, relief, laughter. It was great to see.

Although we made fantastic progress in one session, we did recommend a second session in view of the length of time that she had been experiencing these problems, in order to seriously imprint the changes deep down in her subconscious.

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