Phobias can affect anyone!

Phobias are not logical, they are an emotional response.

Sometimes our brain interprets information that should be seen as “normal” and every day. Like a small spider just minding its own business walking across the floor. Your subconscious then makes it into something you see as a threat.

The instant our brain thinks there is an imminent threat, whether real or imagined the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered and a sudden release of chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released.

The immediate physical effects can be sweating, rapid breathing,  a churning in the stomach, dry mouth, shaking in the arms and legs and not being able to think clearly.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.

Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and changes various automatic nervous functions.

The combination of these provide the body with the energy needed to react swiftly to a life threatening situation; “fight” to defend oneself or “flight” to run and get away. Even if there is no real threat, if it’s a perceived threat it’s real to the person, real to you so the so the body will do its thing, act first think later!

Your mind and body create the phobia/phobias and then try to remove you from it.

This is a stress response and is what your mind and body does naturally to keep you safe.

You are not alone. Many people have phobias, you just don't know about it.

You are not alone. Many people have phobias, you just don’t know about it.

You may run from a spider that is smaller than your finger nail and not go back into the room until someone has removed it.

These feelings are genuine and you respond to the treat as though it’s real, because your mind doesn’t know the difference between something made up and something actual.

When the spider is no longer there you now think/feel the treat has gone, so your breathing returns to normal and all is well until the next spider comes along!

If this is you, this will make so much sense and you are not alone.

At Life Balance hypnotherapy I use Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help you to think differently about your Phobia, it’s a bit like you re-programing your mind, so you can have a different response to say fear of flying, fear or spiders, fear of height, fear of small spaces or whatever your phobia is to you

Call Joanne now to help you clear your phobia/phobiasPhone: 07711 704 585 or email:


How can you change?

What comes first for you a thought or a feeling?
Or what are you aware of first?

These are the type of questions I might ask you when you come to see me.

In order to help you I need to find out about the unique you, we are all different.

In Cognitive Hypnotherapy every session is unique to everyone I see, and you will always receive a personalised service based on you!

By working with your thoughts and feelings on a conscious and subconscious level, we can work together to get your best results.

I even offer email support between our sessions, so I can help you achieve your goals in the shortest time possible.

Life Balance Hypnotherapy.
Change today for tomorrow

I provide therapy for a wide range of problems

Help with the symptoms of:
Anxiety and depression
Pain control
Obsessive compulsion disorder (OCD)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Sleep problems
Help you with the changes you want in your life
Phobias - Fear of Flying, Fear of dogs, fear of heights, fear of Confined spaces any phobia
Weight loss
Stop bad habits
Stop smoking
Children respond well to Cognitive Hypnotherapy / Hypnosis

If you want to change I want to help you

Joanne Ritchie Dip.Hyp,Dip.NLP,Cert.S.M

Phone: 07711 704 585

I am Registered and Qualified

I will be friendly, open and honest, showing empathy and trust, whilst giving you the best service I can.

By using Cognitive Hypnotherapy I will work with you so you can make lasting changes.

I have been practicing Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) since 2008; I am passionate about my profession and think everyone practicing should also feel this way.
If you see me or another Hypnotherapist please make sure they registered and qualified.

Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy

I am also member of QCHPA (Quest cognitive hypotherpay practitioner association)