Hypnotherapy for Fear of Dogs: Cynophobia Treatment

Published: 20th March 2009
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The fear of dogs or dog phobia is a fairly common issue that we are called on to deal with here in our UK hypnotherapy practice.

Its medical name is cynophobia.

Like so many other phobias, a dog phobia is by nature irrational and the cynophobic individual is only too well aware that most dogs pose absolutely no real threat. Though they may be fully aware of this, the person is nevertheless powerless to control their fear.

Even the smallest, most inoffensive dog is fearsome and threatening for someone suffering from a dog phobia. In some cases, even the noise of a dog barking in the distance is sufficient to cause fear and apprehension.

In common with other phobias and irrational fears, what has happened to the individual suffering from a dog phobia is that at some time in the past, he or she has been frightened by a dog or has been influenced by another person's fear of dogs.

It may even have happened that the person became fearful when watching a film or TV programme. Or they may simply have heard scary tales concerning dogs coming from others such as family members or friends.

Most often such an experience has taken place at some time in childhood, though in a minority of cases, it may have occurred when the person was considerably older.

Quite often the origin of the fear itself has been forgotten by the individual's conscious, aware mind, and it feels as though the fear has been with them forever.

Such, however, is not the case, since the only fears that human beings are born with are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. All other fears are learned.

A fear of dogs can affect the individual's life in many ways. Many of the things that most of us take for granted - visiting friends and family, holidaying, going for a walk in the park or even walking down the street, become real ordeals if there is or might be a dog somewhere in the picture.

Even the person's ability to work can be affected by a dog phobia. Postal employees, social workers, nurses, and home carers can all be seriously affected and prevented from performing their duties because of this irrational fear. The good news is that since this fear is learned, it can also be unlearned.

While many therapists try to treat this and other phobias with simple suggestion therapy, such facile methods hardly ever produce lasting relief and permanent clearance of the problem.

In order for a real phobia of dogs to be permanently released and cleared it is necessary to actually neturalize the driver for that fear. And this means connecting with its origin.

With Advanced Transformational Hypnotherapy, it is possible to reach deep within the subconscious mind, where the fear itself is held.

With the use of modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques, the subconscious can be assisted in releasing and deleting negative programming and realigning itself with reality. And the simple reality is that the great majority of dogs are entirely friendly and pose no actual threat.

There is no real reason why you or anyone else need to continue to experience cynophobia or a fear of dogs. Dog phobia can most often be treated in as little of two or three brief sessions of transformational hypnotherapy.

Seek out a fully qualified and experienced transformational hypnotherapist and you can free yourself for good of your fear of dogs and get on with your life.

You will be really happy that you did!


Peter Field is one of the foremost British hypno-psychotherapists, with busy clinics in Birmingham and London, England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. More of his absorbing articles and other useful information can be found on his website: Peter Field Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapists UK

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