I’m working with a client at the moment and he has chronic agoraphobia. He went to see his Doctor for some advice. She said it was going to be ‘an uphill struggle’ to get rid of the phobia.
Health professionals say things to their clients all the time. With all the good intention in the world, they can plant negative suggestions without even realising it.
It is possible that a chronic phobia can clear quickly or for some it may take a little longer. Most people I see with phobias can get back in control of this mental miscalculation within a few sessions. That doesn’t sound to me like ‘an uphill struggle’. Change isn’t always easy but it’s always possible.
What if the Doctor has said something like:
‘I’ve no idea how long it will take for you to clear this phobia’.’ It might be a challenge but you can get back in control of it as it’s just a mental miscalculation of the brain’
Your mind thinks you are in grave danger when you have a phobia so it latches onto any negative comments to entrench the pattern even more.
A phobia is just a learned habitual response and when you have one , you can’t imagine life without it even though consciously it makes no sense. That’s just a trick of the mind.
So interestingly since that meeting with the Doctor, my client has been driving and going out and controlling the way he thinks and feels. It hasn’t always been easy, but its been possible.