Fear of Swimming
After 30 years of not going swimming, Lucy finally took the plunge. How did this happen? Lucy came to see me, very anxious and not knowing where this anxiety stemmed from. Trying out hypnotherapy had been suggested to her by friends and finally, being fed up with feeling this way, she made an appointment. She was also worried that she would transfer this fear to her young children.
Her subconscious took her almost instantly to an event in childhood when she went swimming with her family while on holiday. In anybody else’s thinking, this would not be considered a traumatic event. Though for little Lucy, it was exactly that. While in water, a big carp swam past her and brushed her legs. In hindsight she thinks it terrified her because there had been talk of sharks beforehand. The memory of this experience and the release of energy that came with it completely cleared the swimming problem for Lucy. She also realised that it wasn’t just this event that made it impossible for her to go swimming but that it had been compounded by years of talking about how she couldn’t go swimming. Most people thought it was silly and ridiculous but it kept being reinforced. It may not sound like a huge fear but anything that scares us is preventing us from living freely. For Lucy, it has been a complete success, as she can now enjoy holidays with her children.