Category Archives: Phobia

Set your new Personal Best!

It can be hard to find the courage to change; to keep on growing and expanding personal horizons; to do new and previously impossible things.

But you really don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to set a new Personal Best!

Two people who have overcome a debilitating phobia of birds have been exceeding theirs this summer…

One of the best parts of the work I do with people who’ve struggled with a phobia is hearing about their ongoing steps to greater freedom.  Leaving a fear behind often means that life can change significantly.  Not only is it possible to move around the everyday world far more comfortably than before but clients also find that confidence in other areas of life can soar, as they reduce the burden of anxiety they’ve been carrying around for years.

Holiday snaps can be lovely reminders of a happy and relaxing few days.  Perhaps we’ve been visiting new places, meeting new people or, sometimes, doing new things.  Looking at them, we can be transported back in time and warm ourselves on the memories we’ve created.  Two clients have shared some of theirs with me, and are happy to share them with you, too.

Personal best | Ellie stands near two colourful parrots who are sitting on a wallHere’s Ellie, making new friends on her Caribbean holiday…  You may remember that I mentioned Ellie in a previous blog post.  As well as disrupting her movements around town, her past fear of birds led her to avoid Facebook, because she dreaded coming across her best friend’s photos of her pet bird.  (It’s not at all uncommon for people to find that photos of birds trigger their fears.)  But now, as you can see, she is comfortable enough to stand near these two beauties… and smile!

Personal best | Ashleigh ready to drive a rally carAshleigh has found that working on her fear of birds has helped her confidence grow in other areas, too.  Here, she is about to fulfil a long-held ambition to drive a rally car – very fast (which she thoroughly enjoyed)!

Personal best | Ashleigh and brother on beachShe has been on holiday as well and here she is, with her “little” brother, on the very beach where her fears began, all those years ago.  This time, things were very different and Ashleigh was able to walk close enough to a seagull to notice, calmly, that it had webbed feet and not the monster talons of her memory.

Wonderful stuff!

So often, I hear clients say “I never thought I’d be free of my fear.  If I can do this, anyone can.” 

If you would like to be that ‘anyone’, to be able to expand your comfort zone in life and live beyond a fear or phobia, do get in touch for a free exploratory chat via Skype or phone.  I’d love to help you leave the fear behind and exceed your Personal Best, in whatever area matters to you.

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Failing to be normal

If you were able to look at yourself, dispassionately, as an outside observer, what would you see?  And if you had to describe yourself to someone who had never met you, what would you say? I had to do this once, as an “icebreaker” exercise at a workshop about twenty years ago.  It didn’t so…Continue Reading

Can you name and shame your fears?

The other day, just after speaking to a small group of women about how EFT could help them to quickly and simply reduce their stress levels, a young woman made her way across the room to me. She wanted to share something very important with me – that much was clear.  She blushed and hesitated…Continue Reading

Phobias are catching – true or false?

Of course, your phobia isn’t exactly like ‘flu and your fear of spiders (or something else) isn’t going to sweep through the neighbourhood, infecting all and sundry with anxiety and extreme watchfulness. But if you are living, or spending time, with young children, you could be passing onto them something that they could do without…Continue Reading

Thank you for asking…

Dear TV researcher – thank you for phoning me today and thank you for asking if I had any bird phobia clients I could put forward to be part of your planned TV programme about people with various issues. I do apologise if I offended you by my response, which was to say with some feeling…Continue Reading

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