What is Tremophobia?

People often ask me if phobias can be cured in just one session as is claimed by several dubious therapists.

Very rarely does this occur and it is normally due to a person’s innate ability to embrace hypnosis, and without any or little preamble, go into a deep hypnotic state, wherein a trained therapist would place a post-hypnotic suggestion in the client’s subconscious mind that they are secure and need have no fears of a particular phobia they had presented to me. However, for most of us the process may require further work.

Take Steven (fictitious name) as an example. He was conscious of severe trembling when in the presence of others – Tremophobia. Whilst discussing his trembling, we had to look back to its origins whilst also instructing him in the preparation and art of hypnosis. Then, when he was in a comfortable state, at a further session, we then removed the root causes. In Steven’s case, this took him back to his schooldays when he was ridiculed by his headmaster for spilling a glass of orange squash which had been overfilled.   Steven was embarrassed and earned the nickname “Shaky” which hurt him greatly. Subsequently, whenever he was in company he would become fearful of shaking, which of course made him aware of himself, so he would become nervous and then shake all the more.

By the time he visited me, he would rarely socialise in his local as he felt embarrassed about trembling and spilling his beer. This then spread to his work in making tea for his colleagues and then trembling even in interviews.

Steven was in a sorry state and so I set about releasing him from the originating cause of the Tremophobia and as he progressed through several sessions, I was able to convince his subconscious that he need not shake and he could have a steady a hand as anyone.

Then all that was needed was to reduce his nervousness of going out socially, and also to interviews until he was relaxed and calm in all situations.

He then did behavior therapy showing himself that he could carry part-filled glasses and cups, then eventually full cups, until he knew the fears and phobias had completely gone.

As Steven said later, “Whatever it took, I knew I had to overcome the phobia and now I can relax always and also have more to drink, whereas before 50 percent would be spilled on the floor.”

A worthwhile result!

Yours in good health.

Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

What are multiphobias?


Phobias fall into four categories: fear of specific objects, i.e. snakes or dogs; situations, i.e. in a dark room or a car; fear of illnesses, i.e. Aids or cancer; multiples of various fears.

On this occasion, I will tell you of multiples and give you a case history.

Michael (as I shall call him) presented to me with an almost continual phobia of adverse weather conditions. It had developed to such an extent that he was terrified whether it was rain, snow, hail, wind or storms.

He eventually was fearful of going out of the house just in case a few clouds would turn into a storm. I had to trace back the origin of his fears using hypnosis. The root cause I discovered was Astrapophobia and fear of lightning.

As a boy of eight, he was walking with his father in the countryside during a thunderstorm, when in an adjoining field he saw lightning strike a tall lone tree, which was decimated in a few moments.  His father said, “Thank goodness we were not under that tree or we would have been killed.” From that moment on for the next 20 or so years, he would not venture out in a storm. This escalated to fear of the potential dangers with thunder, heavy rain, and even stormy clouds. In short, anything other than a clear blue sky.

He was fired from his job because of absenteeism as he could not go out of the house on inclement days and, eventually, his social life suffered as well.

A friend told him to try Hypnotherapy and after tracing the root cause and removing the Astrapophobia, I then had to progressively remove the fear of rain, thunder and cloudy days.

Gradually, Michael improved and as his anxiety levels dropped, I built up his confidence and rational attitude that just because a day is cloudy or rainy it is safe to go outside.

He is now working and happily married and has a sensible approach to his children’s education about storms. He does not discuss his original fears and phobias but calmly instructs them never to stand under trees in a storm.

Sensible rational precautions as I’m sure you will agree without traumatising young minds.

Indirect aggression

This behaviour often results from the fear that exists within our culture of being openly aggressive. Indirect aggression is often seen as the softer option, but in fact its effort can be just as devastating, involving the manipulation of others, through guilt and emotional blackmail.

Whereas being the victim of open regression can be linked to being attacked by a bulldozer. Suffering indirect aggression is like being fired at by a sniper: the weapon hits home just as hard, but there is no trace of the attacker. It is harder to identify this type of aggression because of its subtlety: it is also more difficult to challenge: when it is confronted, there is always denial. Never risking a direct expression of our thoughts and feelings, we create instead an undercurrent of guilty unease, the aim of which is to manipulate others doing what we want.

Responses to this vary from bewilderment to frustration.   As with open aggression, our self-esteem is low, boosted by the success of our manipulation and the avoidance of any direct expression of our feelings it can be very difficult to acknowledge when we are being indirectly aggressive.

Yours in good health – Anthony Wilson.

Hypnotherapy Wilsthire


Do not look for it outside you will not find it.

Look for it inside, and you will find it.

Everything you need and want is inside you

That is your life

What would it be really like if we are free

Not subject to pain or doubts

Take pride in your life

What we seek is within us – the wisdom, peace, tranquillity, joy,

Drink a glass of water

A river of knowledge flows within you

Knowledge is there, are you thirsty?

Anthony Wilson

Porridge for can make you fitter and not fatter


The humble bowl of porridge – the first food product endorsed by authorities in America as beneficial to health – is about to undergo a revival as an aid to losing weight, with a good reason.

Low in sodium and low in fat, oats are packed with slow-release complex carbohydrates that stave off hunger pangs for up to four hours.

According to fitness guru Monica Grenfell, an average of four bowls a day is behind her svelte figure – and those of many of her clients.

“Not only does it lower cholesterol levels, but it is easily digestible. Unlike bran, it doesn’t bother people who are prone to irritable bowel syndrome as it is gentle on the stomach. Served with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, one bowl will provide just under half the recommended daily protein intake.”

The trick is to eat your porridge little and often. Monica’s day starts with “first breakfast” of roughly 40 grams of porridge at 7 am followed by more porridge at 8.30 am, followed by more porridge at 9.30 am.

At 10 or 11, she eats a slice of toast, and at lunchtime “a bit more of a meal” potatoes, salad, and cold fish. This is followed by a snack at 4pm of more porridge. Supper consists of – surprise – porridge.

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Yours in good health and wishing you all a happy new year – Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

Ornithophobia – Fear of Birds


There are several methods used for ridding oneself of phobias – prescribed drugs, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Reflexology, to name but a few.

However, Hypnotherapy is particularly effective without the side effects of drugs and the trauma and fears associated with CBT.  In fact, there are no side effects from hypnosis conducted in a clinical setting other than positive effects, i.e. an improvement in sleep or a burgeoning of a client’s self-esteem etc.

Hypnotherapy particularly comes into its own when the origins of a phobia are consciously obscure or forgotten.

Take Maureen (a fictitious name) for instance.  She presented to my city practice with an extreme fear of birds – Ornithophobia.  This fear had been with her since a little child and was so severe that she would not go out of her house if any birds were in sight, however distant.  She would not go into her garden and hang washing out if there were birds flying around.  Her husband had to park the car outside her front door so that she could jump in as soon as birds were absent.  Of course, with seagulls and garden birds in the suburbs of Swansea, this meant a continual ordeal for herself and her family.

Despite Maureen telling me her life history, we could not find any clues as to when the phobia started.  So then, under hypnosis, we went steadily back through her life year by year.  When we arrived at the age of three she suddenly jumped and became agitated, as she recounted details of a deserted house where she was playing hide and seek with friends.  Upon entering a darkened room a crow suddenly flew towards her and brushed her hair as it went for the open door.  She described the fear and panic of this sudden trauma whilst under hypnosis.  Subsequently, I calmed her subconscious mind and made it realise that the trauma was finished with some 33 years ago and now she was safe and could be in the presence of birds without any fear.

Maureen travelled to London soon after she was cured and walked through Trafalgar Square with her daughters and she reported to me, “Well, I don’t like pigeons, but they are only birds and will not harm me!”

Without Hypnotherapy, she may have never recalled the originating cause of her fear.  No drugs or other remedies would have been able to access the subconscious mind and remove the one root cause.

Hypnotherapy allowed Maureen’s life to be calm and peaceful wherever she went.

Tips to regain your lust for life – Hypnotherapy Wiltshire



Get into a regular habit of listening to your favourite Hypnotic Tape, just once a day, even in bed as you sleep.


Take one a day of a good brand. Harmless but beneficial if you use every day. With today’s over production and processing, the goodness in the soil is deleted, so even veg and fruits are still lacking the body’s essentials for healthy living.



Food is the most important weapon in the war against fatigue, says Waterhouse, and women are not getting enough. She urges us to throw our diet sheets out of the window and learn to eat all kinds of food in moderation. Most of us, she claims, need more protein, fat and carbohydrates than we are getting. Eat little and often and only when hungry.


Fatigue is the first and most common sign of dehydration. As your blood volume decreases, your heart pumps harder to oxygenate your body, you develop a headache and your legs feel like lead. On average we need about three pints of water a day to replace what we lose. Keep a glass of water by you while you work and a bottle in the car. Have a glass with meals and designate three other times as your regulated slot.


Exercise not only increases production of endorphins (the feel good brain chemicals) it reduces anxiety and depression and improves memory, imagination and sleep quality. If you cannot build a formal exercise regime into your week, remember that mowing the lawn, gardening, vacuum cleaning and running upstairs are all energising.


There’s nothing like getting close to nature for recharging the batteries, says Whitehouse. “Nature quickly restores our energy and outsmarts our fatigue, because it’s pleasing to all five senses”. Get out of door more. Sunlight has been found to release brain serotonin (thus improving mood) reduces stress, enable our bodies to make vitamin D (essential for healthy bones) and calm PMS and menopausal tension. Bring nature back into your home, plant a herb garden, buy flowers, relax to tapes of the sea.


If you always dose off in the cinema, or when reading, watching TV, or in a car, you are “sleep deprived”. Try adding 15 minutes of extra sleep a night until your energy levels raise. To improve sleep quality, avoid coffee after 4pm and alcohol-it knocks you out, but reduces good dream sleep. Don’t go to bed empty-hunger releases adrenaline-or too full, stomach acid can interfere with sleep. Try a light snack half an hour before bedtime.


Waterhouse defines intimacy as connecting with yourself and others on a meaningful level. She suggests spending more time with friends who make you feel good, taking up a cause, getting in touch with your spiritual side, improving your sex life, giving yourself treats. Above all it means anything that that improves your self-esteem.


Welcome laughter into your life. Watch TV comedies, download internet jokes, talk to funny friends, get together with other women-they laugh 127% more than men. Studies show that the bigger the group the more fun you’ll have..


The hardest part of the battle against exhaustion is slowing down the pace of life, shedding responsibilities and cutting your to-do-list. Waterhouse suggests “making Sunday a real day of rest”. Designate a quiet time in every day “relax by meditating, reading and doing yoga.” Tell everybody that you are going away and stay home. Do less, let somebody else do it. Eliminate unfulfilling obligations, schedule your calendar to make life more enjoyable – start saying “no”.

The importance of exercise


I’m too busy, I don’t feel too well, I’m tired, it’s too late, the weathers bad. We can always find an excuse. It isn’t everyone’s favourite subject, but before you’re tempted to gloss over this section, let me tell you how exercise and your confidence are linked. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain and these, in turn, raise your mood, self-esteem, and confidence. Being fir helps us to become happier so you need to find a form of exercise that you enjoy and can fit into your routine. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It could be anything from taking a walk each day, going on a bike ride or for a swim. Whatever you choose, taking time away from work, especially if it mostly involves being in an office and sitting at a desk, gives you a much-needed break. If you’re not an exercise fan, fit short bursts of exercise into your day by walking up the stairs, gardening, parking your car further away from the office or train station and going for a walk at lunchtime. If you can find a companion to accompany you this will also mitigate anxieties and make the journey more enjoyable.

Following my suggestions, several of my clients have joined the Ramblers with great success to get rid of worries.

A doctor I know has reduced the practice drug bill by prescribing exercise and not medication!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a child or octogenarian, an athlete or in a wheelchair, working or retired, pleasurable exercise will improve your health and more likely help you live longer.

However, In particular, will reduce anxieties and mitigate the effects of panics

Make a decision to eat healthily and exercise regularly for seven days so you can discover for yourself how this impacts your overall health. Notice whether you sleep better, have fewer mood swings and whether your confidence levels rise. Keep a diary of what happens.



  • Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day
  • Moderate your alcohol intake
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Get eight hours of sleep every night
  • Make time to relax and meditate for an hour every day

Wishing you the best in health – Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire