Water can be refreshing and relaxing. Unfortunately, for some people, water can also be downright terrifying. If you have Aquaphobia – or, the fear of water – your life is probably marred by serious physical and emotional symptoms. You may start to shake or panic anytime you’re in the water. You may dread events where you have to be near the water. You may experience panic when traveling over, or on water.
If you’re tired of altering your plans because of your Aquaphobia – like avoiding water rides at theme parks, skipping trips to the mall because there’s a big fountain at the front entrance, or missing your cousin’s wedding because the ceremony is on the beach – you can overcome your fear of water with hypnosis.
Hypnosis can help reprogram your mind and facilitate behavioral change.
The New York Hypnosis Institute 4 Step Fear of Water Program Can Help You
- Identify When, Where, and What Triggers Your Fear of Water
- Replace Catastrophic Thoughts with Truthful Statements
- Assist in Reprogramming the Way You Think About & React to Water
- Teach Self Hypnosis for Daily Reinforcement
Did you know that most people have a fear of water because of a past traumatic experience? Maybe you had a friend die in a boating accident, and now you have a fear of open water. Or, maybe you suffered something far less memorable – like being pushed in the pool and embarrassed at a pool party back in high school, and now you have a fear of swimming. Perhaps you watched a scary documentary about shark attacks, and now you have a fear of deep water.
Whatever the cause, the fear that you’re experiencing today is coming directly from your subconscious – the part of your mind that is responsible for most of your thoughts and actions. Memories stored in your subconscious – both major and minor – are driving your current behavior.
We here at the NY Hypnosis Institute will start by teaching your subconscious that the traumatic event was a one-time experience. For example, if your friend drowned, as difficult as that experience was, it does not mean that you will drown as well.
Phobias tend to result from three main life events or experiences. They include trauma, parental impact on childhood, or observing something terrifying. These factors can cover a very wide range of experiences. The root cause of the fear likely stems from a childhood experience. This experience must be reframed so that the subconscious mind understands that the flight response or fear is no longer necessary.
Various triggers can set off your fear, but your reaction in some instances can be delayed so that you react to something else entirely. Often times, clients are surprised to discover what the initial fear inducing event is, because at face value it does not seem to have a direct connection to the fear. However, there is always a connection although it may not be obvious initially.
Hypnosis is a natural state, that when achieved, allows your hypnotist to access your subconscious mind. When you watch a movie, read a book, or focus on a project at work and lose track of time, you are experiencing hypnosis. Once a client is guided into hypnosis, we at the NY Hypnosis Institute can then give positive suggestions directly to the subconscious mind.
So, how does hypnosis help you overcome your fear?
During a New York Hypnosis Institute fear of water hypnosis session, you can identify the event from your past that has been blown out of proportion. Contrary to what you might think, the subconscious mind does not judge the fear; it is simply attempting to protect you, its host. Once the event is identified, your hypnotist can then reframe the way your subconscious mind perceives that event, allowing the fear and anxiety to be released.
When you overcome your fear of water with hypnosis, your subconscious mind will learn the appropriate response to water. If your subconscious can associate water with good things – like jumping into a cool pool on a hot day, having fun on the water ride at the theme park, or tossing coins into a fountain and making a wish – it won’t have any reason to be afraid of water.
When you overcome a fear of water with hypnosis, your sessions will also focus on boosting your self-esteem. By teaching your subconscious that you are a good swimmer and you’re smart enough to be responsible, you’ll have the self-confidence to know that you can go swimming, hop on a boat, or go to a pool party and stay safe.
A New York Hypnosis Fear of Water session can retrain your mind to:
Eliminate your fear of water completely
Provide you with the freedom to swim again
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person