scaredA phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations. A phobia can make life miserable, cause embarrassment, and undermine self confidence and self esteem.

Phobias are very common – up to 1 in 10 of us will be affected by a phobia at some point in our lives. All phobias have a root cause and phobic behaviour is there to serve a purpose – usually to protect us from some perceived danger.

Whilst almost any object, situation or place can be the subject of a phobia here are some of the most common:

• Aerophobia – fear of flying
• Acrophobia – fear of heights
• Agoraphobia – fear of open spaces / fear of panic attacks
• Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
• Brontophobia – fear of thunder
• Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces
• Cynophobia – fear of dogs
• Globophobia – fear of balloons
• Glossophobia – fear of public speaking
• Emetophobia – fear of being sick
• Entomophobia – fear of insects
• Hydrophobia – fear of water
• Ichthyophobia – fear of fish
• Odontophobia / Dentophobia – fear of dentists
• Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
• Ornithophobia – fear of birds
• Pyrophobia – fear of fire
• Spheksophobia – fear of wasps
• Trypanophobia – fear of needles / fear of injections
• Xenophobia – fear of strangers

Sunray Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be able to help. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.


We all experience feelings of being low or sad from time to time, but when those feelings start to affect your daily life and continue for weeks or even months then you may be suffering from depression.

Depression can severely affect your normal life, preventing you from working or enjoying things that you once found pleasurable, including spending time with family and friends. It can be very isolating and is often accompanied by feelings of being worthless, hopeless and constantly tired. Severe depression can be so debilitating that it can lead to thoughts of suicide.

Depression is common with many people suffering from it at some point in their lives. If you have been diagnosed with depression Sunray Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be able to help. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Nocebo Effect

This article is a great example of how powerfully our thoughts, positive or negative, can affect us physically. Most of us are aware of the placebo effect – an inert sugar pill (placebo) making you feel better. The nocebo effect is the flip side where negative thoughts can make you feel worse. Read the article here: the “Nocebo Effect“.


Positive Psychology for Children

Martin Seligman is a pioneer in Positive Psychology.   He has recently had talks with senior advisers in Downing Street about training youngsters in techniques to enable them to cope with life’s adversities.  I find this such an innovative and exciting approach, because being human can, at times, be very painful and difficult.   However, our approach during times of difficulty can make a huge difference between being able to cope and to being completely overwhelmed.

Trials in British Schools have found that training children in resilience raises their I.Q’s; gives them a happier outlook and makes them better able than other children to handle adversity.

Positive Psychology for Children

The brain is not rigid, it is capable of truly amazing things and change is possible at any age, but  I believe that training children in this way could lead to more contentment, better health and less social problems in the generations ahead.

For further reading check out the website Positive Psychology Centre

Great Quotes

There are so many inspirational quotes to help you feel motivated, uplifted, energised etc that it can sometimes feel like quote overload.

I came across this one recently though and thought it was great!

“You can’t get to wonderful without passing through alright.”

Bill Withers.


Do you have a favourite?