Phobias are classified as a mental health issue. They are fears developed in the brain of things or feelings that can be extremely difficult to shake. Phobias are a pervasive issue. Many phobias come with names, a common one being arachnophobia, a fear of spiders. I thought I would write a little about the way phobias can be managed or even overcome!


Hypnotherapy is quite controversial across mental health care. Some people say it works for them, and others do not believe in it at all. There are several methods of hypnotherapy. One of the most common is that the person in context would be put into a deeply relaxed state, spoken to on what they wish to achieve out the hypnotherapy. For example, overcome a fear of small spaces (claustrophobia). Then they are gently brought out of this trance-like state. Some people may need several sessions for the end goal to be accomplished. Others may need just one.

The NHS does not provide hypnotherapy as a service. If this is something you may want to look into, it is worth researching on the internet as hypnotherapists do not have to have a medical background. It also might be helpful to speak to your GP.

CBT therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  therapy is an excellent way of speaking through any phobia issues. It may be that releasing fears and talking through them is enough to knock them on the head or tone them down to a level where it is more comfortable for that person to deal with.

CBT is obtainable through the NHS. You can often refer yourself to CBT therapy through the internet. If you do not wish to refer yourself, a GP can do this for you.


Confrontation is a brave thing to do if a phobia is intense. Some people may find that jumping headfirst into conquering fears is what works for them. A step at a time is also very typical.

The overall thought about phobias is that they are normal to have. As with any mental health issue, it may take time to sort out. They can happen to anyone and develop at any time in your life. If anyone feels like a phobia is taking over their life, they should speak to a health professional.