As dog lovers, we welcome the Year of the Dog last week, but it’s not a celebration for all.
The Chinese New Year may have increased anxiety for Cynophobics – fear of dogs which is estimated to affect nine million Brits. It is one of the most common phobias in the UK, joining snakes, mice, and spiders in the top ten most feared animals.
Sufferers often spend their entire lives avoiding the popular pet, in turn damaging their mental and physical health by avoiding anywhere they could see a dog. To help, Harley Street hypnotherapist and phobia guru, Adam Cox, is collaborating with Creature Courage to launch a four-hour dog phobia workshop.
The workshop will take place in London on Saturday 24 March. Techniques such as NLP, CBT, hypnotherapy, and education, will be used to help participants feel confident and fearless and they’ll also meet Paco, the friendly Irish Setter, whose parents previously won Crufts best of breed.
Phobia specialist Adam Cox, explains, “Millions of people are suffering with their fear of dogs, which not only impacts mental health but also physical health, as sufferers sometimes even avoid going outside and therefore limiting their physical activity. The good news is that no matter how severe the phobia is, psychological tools such as hypnotherapy and NLP can reverse a phobia in just one or two sessions.
“As a hypnotherapist based in Harley Street, many people aren’t able to afford my services. To make my services accessible to as many people as possible I’m currently offering a free audio download to give people tips and resources to make immediate progress and improvement on their fear of dogs.”
Adam and Creature Courage have run previous workshops to help arachnophobes conquer their fear of spiders. Jade, who attended the most recent workshop said, “I never thought I’d do it, but I’m very glad I did, and this positive change will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
After a few hours, those who’ve spent their lives living in fear of man’s best friend might be able to finally enjoy their company. If you cannot attend the workshop, Adam is also offering a free hypnosis download to help suffers throughout Chinese New Year and beyond.