Fears And Phobias Specialist

Loretta Holt Hypnotherapy

Loretta Holt, CCH, MH, PH

Clinical Hypnotherapist located in Sacramento, CA

When you avoid people, places, and events due to fears and phobias, or they cause physical symptoms such as nausea, sweating, or a fast heartbeat, it’s time to consider treatment with hypnotherapy. You receive personalized and compassionate care at Loretta Holt Hypnotherapy in Sacramento, California. As an experienced clinical and medical hypnotherapist, Loretta Holt, CCH, MH, PH, has helped many patients overcome their fears and phobias. To schedule a free consultation, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Fears and Phobias Q&A

What is the difference between fears and phobias?

Fear and phobia are closely associated, and both can be severe enough to interfere with your daily life, but there’s an important difference between the two.

Fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived threat. This emotion is usually beneficial and protective. Fear alerts your brain to a dangerous or challenging situation, then your brain immediately triggers a response that energizes your body and prepares you to fight or retreat.

A phobia is a persistent fear of a particular object, activity, or situation, but with the added element of anxiety. Phobias create such strong anxiety that they alter your daily routine and affect your ability to function.

What are the different types of phobias?

There are three types of phobias:

Specific phobias

Specific phobias cause an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little to no real danger.

Examples of specific phobias include the fear of:

  • Driving
  • Flying
  • Dogs
  • Insects
  • Snakes
  • Heights
  • Tunnels
  • Bridges

Specific phobias can create such fear that simply thinking about the object or situation triggers severe anxiety.

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

Social phobias occur when you have a fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in front of people. Your fear may be severe enough to make you change significant aspects of your life. For example, you may avoid making friends, or even quit working.


Agoraphobia is an intense fear of:

  • Being outside of your home alone
  • Being in a crowd or standing in line
  • Being in enclosed spaces
  • Being in open spaces
  • Using public transportation

People with agoraphobia avoid these situations, often because they believe they will be trapped if they have a severe anxiety or panic attack.

How does hypnotherapy help fears and phobias?

During hypnotherapy, you enter an altered state of consciousness that allows your subconscious mind to become deeply alert and focused. This gives you the opportunity to alter your perceptions and emotions because your phobia operates from within your subconscious.

Your conscious mind may recognize that your phobia is irrational, but you can’t change the fear because the underlying belief is in your subconscious. You also can’t stop your subconscious from triggering the anxiety and fear.  

Loretta carefully guides your hypnosis, helping you recognize the original cause of your phobia and making positive suggestions to release the fear and alter your emotional and behavioral response.

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome fears and phobias. To learn more, call or use online booking to schedule a free consultation at Loretta Holt Hypnotherapy.