Stephen Chan hypnotherapist and licensed Thrive Programme® Consultant can help you with Fears and Phobias using Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and the Thrive Programme® at Ulster Hypnotherapy: covering Belfast, Portadown, Ulster, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan and Dungannon, Northern Ireland

Claire overcame her phobia of wasps with me – SO CAN YOU!

Corina overcame her phobia of motorways with me –


Sean overcame his phobia of dogs and lifts with me –


What is a phobia?

A phobia is ‘the symbolic external representation of our internal anxiety’. Most of us have one or two ‘fears’, or something, or a situation that we feel a little uncomfortable about.

But, it’s when you have a severe intense emotional reaction about the situation or event or thing, to the point where you begin to sweat, or feel sick, or start blushing, or start shaking or begin to panic and perhaps even experience a panic attack, then you can begin to believe that you have a phobia.

How do you develop a phobia?

If you have ever been in a situation where you felt an intense negative emotional reaction, you will naturally want to avoid those feelings/emotions again. If you believe that the intense emotional reaction was caused by the situation, then you are naturally going to want to avoid similar situations in the future.

The more you now avoid the situation the bigger the fear will become of the situation and eventually your mind will create a phobia as a sort of reminder for you not to get into that anxiety-producing situation again. This explanation of how a phobia is created may make sense, however, it’s wrong!

Nearly all phobias are not even related to the actual cause of the anxiety, they are only symbolic of it.

If you find that last sentence a little hard to comprehend and, like most people you believe in the theory that, if you have a phobia about dogs, then you must have been bitten by a dog once (which seems logical). However, this theory fails to explain why there are 12 million people in the U.K with a fear of flying (aviophobia). When there is no way that 12 million people have been close to death in a plane and lived to tell the tale and develop a phobia of flying!

The 12 million aviaphobics do not have a fear of flying per se. Their actual fear is of being in a situation where they feel out of control…which their brain has symbolically projected onto flying.

Most other therapies either try to get around the phobia or even try to teach the person strategies on how to live with it. These therapies cannot change the root cause of your anxieties, but what I offer you will. Once this is done, your phobia will cease, because what was driving it will no longer be there.

stressed_womanOne of the most common phobias I help resolve is Emetophobia, which is a fear of being sick, and its associated fears; gagging, seeing others being sick, choking on food, pregnancy (due to the possibility of morning sickness), and anything sickness-related.

Emetophobia is the 6th most common phobia in the UK and people with this also commonly have other phobias such as Agoraphobia, Claustrophobia, Microphobia (fear of germs), Phagophobia (fear of eating), Pnigophobia (fear of gagging and choking), to name a few. I offer very specialist help for Emetophobia, so please be in touch if you wish to live your life permanently free of these feelings.

Please contact me at Ulster Hypnotherapy to arrange a free consultation

Phone me on 07854877882.

You can now arrange Thrive Programme® sessions anywhere in the world via Skype.

I offer a free confidential consultation at my Portadown, Newry and Belfast Hypnotherapy clinics, which are within easy reach of Lisburn, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan and Dungannon. Consultations are also available via Zoom.

There will be no need to speak to anyone other than myself and I promise that your problems will be discussed with the greatest of sensitivity and strictest confidence. Please note because of the volume of clients there is a strong possibility you will be connected to my personal answering service. If this is the case just leave your name and number and, when I return the call, I will not give my name and I will ask for and talk only to you.