This article has been written by Mark Phoenix, Hypnotherapist on the Costa Blanca, Costa Cálida and Costa Almeria

Standing over the River Styx, Thetis, the mother of Greek hero Achilles, dipped her son into the awesome torrent. Her intent was to make her son invulnerable, and to a point, she succeeded. However, his sole weakness, which eventually led to his death, was his heel. The act of bathing him in the water created his one vulnerability. This awesome hero was felled by an arrow that shot into that weakness and since that day, we refer to Achilles’ heel as our one principle failing.

Unless you live beside the mythological River Styx and can frequently bathe in it, you have a weakness; a fear that in some way affects your life. Be it fear of flying, heights, the darkness, water… small or large, it resonates in some way in your mind. Now, you might say I’m being pessimistic, but it’s the truth. No person, fat or thin, muscle-bound or lanky, tall or small is infallible. The sooner we all realize that, the better we’ll all feel. Having a weakness isn’t a crime, but if it’s detrimental to your life, is stopping you from participating to the full, then you need to take control of it and actively seek help.

Hypnotherapy can help, if your fear of flying is stopping you from going on holiday, or a fear of public-speaking is making you palpitate at the thought of an upcoming speech at work. Whether it’s pervasive or your phobia revolves around an upcoming event, hypnotherapy can really offer you an alternative path; one that really works and fast.

For that speech, a course of hypnotherapy allows you to compartmentalize that fear and take control of the situation. You can step back, feeling calm and controlled and work through your fear. The suggestion hypnotherapy can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst relaxing and reducing your stress levels.

If your phobia is causing you daily continual strife, then a more intensive course of therapy is recommended. Pure HypnoAnalysis will seek out the root cause of your phobia and deal with it accordingly. Whilst providing you with all the benefits or hypnotherapy, it will get down to the nitty-gritty and will finally enable you to live your life to the full without your fears getting you down. Usually a phobia can be resolved within eight to twelve sessions, in which you’ll face your fear in a calm, controlled and most importantly, safe environment.