Saturday, 5 December 2009

Fear of the new year

Many people fear change and see the new year as a major change.... How many of us often say "lets see what the new year holds for us" or "I'll make a new years resolution" or "I'll be glad when this years over".
We all use time as a marker and timeline therapy is an excellent example of its application.
we can make a real difference... just ask

Fear of Christmas

I have been seeing clients with a phobia of christmas since late October and its been biulding as we get closer to the date.
Some are a fear of Santa, some a fear of christmas trees, decorations etc, some even a fear of the shopping madness.
To find this out though I had to get past the initial "I have a phobia of Christmas, can you help? Am I strange".
Some therapists have difficulty dealing withs fears quickly and seem to think it should take many many sessions. This is usually down to the fact that the fear is too generalised so slow to change. Asking meta questions and using a 'clean language' approach enables the therapist to chunk down to the main cause, change the associations and then generalise the fix.