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I cured my fear of spiders with hypnotherapy – Netdoctor

I’m in the bathtub. It’s Sunday evening and I’m mid-way through my weekly ritual of relaxing in an envelope of bubbles ahead of the new week. I open my eyes and within a millisecond I let out the most blood-curdling shriek of my life. Dangling above my head on the ceiling is a humongous beast: one who I am convinced is on a mission to kill me. I’m not exaggerating the size either, for this is a cardinal spider: the biggest variety of arachnid that exists in the UK.


I scramble out of the bathtub and leap into my bed naked, dripping from head to toe. I lie still with my head under the duvet for two hours until my partner returns home from a night out with his mates. In tears I relay the events and insist he goes into the bathroom and obliterates the demon.

He returns five minutes later assuring me that the spider has gone. Breathing heavily and wobbling from nervousness I push open the bathroom door and there it is, perching on the frame. In looking for the suspect he’d had his back to the door, and missed it completely. Once was terrifying, but being face-to-face with my living nightmare for a second time sends me into a complete frenzied meltdown. Enough is enough. I have to sort this out.

For as long as I can recall arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, was part of me. Many people dislike spiders but my fear was a debilitating condition that controlled my life. At any given point on any given day, I was alert and on spider watch. Every decision I made was based on whether it would result in me being in the presence of a spider to the point entire days of my life were being wasted. If a spider was spotted in a particular room of my home I’d avoid it for a week. My parents were my original saviors, throughout my childhood they’d be on call to get rid of intruders that wondered into my room and currently I had a man to save me; but in reality I knew this wasn’t good enough. I wanted my independence and I craved normality, so I booked in to see a hypnotherapist.


Dealing with fear

Everything I knew about hypnotherapy up to this point was what I had witnessed on television so when I turned up for my first appointment I was surprised that there was no bed to lie down on and no dangling pendulums being swung between my eyes. Instead my hypnotherapist Bhavin Patel asked me to sit down on an ordinary chair and placed me into a trance, just by talking softly. I closed my eyes and fell into a state of deep relaxation where I could hear what he was saying but my eyelids were so heavy that they couldn’t open. Most of the session was spent focusing not on the negativity of my fears but on the aspects of life that I enjoyed and which brought me pleasure; memories and activities that made me smile and filled me with joy.

Fear as Bhavin explained to me isn’t rational: “It’s a response the mind and body experiences to protect you from something. Hypnosis is a way to talk to your sub-conscious and change its thinking, coming up with a solution, so you no longer need to be protected, giving you a way to express the feelings differently.”

It sounds so straightforward and it is. I became flooded with positivity, so much of it, that it drowned out any notions of fear. I left the session feeling euphoric and I couldn’t explain why.

via hypnotherapy – Google News


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