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Do you have a fear or phobia of seeing birds or of being around birds?

There is a variety of ways we can help you

The fear of birds, also known as Ornithophobia, is actually very common in both adults and children. The phobia varies from person to person, you may only fear large birds, or in more severe cases you may be frightened by a mere photo of a bird.

The combination of Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been shown to dramatically reduce your anxiety putting you back in control.

Birds NestWhy may you have a fear of birds?

There are many triggers for the phobia - from a bad personal encounter with a bird, to watching your parent shooing away a bird when you were a child. It can, of course, be interesting to find out where your phobia came from. However, we do not have to know this in order to resolve your phobia. It is something you have learned, and therefore is something which can be unlearned!

What are the symptoms for those who suffer from a bird phobia?

The symptoms of the fear vary depending on severity. When forced to come face-to-face with a bird you may shake, cry, and freeze in place or run and attempt to hide. This can affect everyday life and become very stressful for the person suffering with Ornithophobia.

How can you help me get over my fear of birds?

We use a combination of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and Hypnotherapy. This can take just one or two sessions. There is a specific technique which is called 'The Fast Phobia Cure' which can help you better deal with any traumatic events of being around birds in your past. The process is very successful for lots of people. You are, of course, kept safe at all times. We do not use exposure therapy.

How many sessions does it take?

Most phobias are very simple to unlearn so treatments usually take between one - two hours. Occasionally, if a phobia is more deep set, additional sessions may be needed.

How much does the phobia consultation cost?

Please see our Fees page.

What our clients say

Just a quick email to let you know how I’ve been getting on. We went over to Brighton yesterday as Churchill Square is a place I’ve always tried to avoid in the past because of the pigeons but this time I was fine. A couple of times pigeons fluttered near me and I just carried on walking, something I would have never done in the past! I didn’t have any anxious feelings at all. I did feel a bit strange being amongst pigeons but I think maybe I haven’t completely broken the habit of being afraid of birds yet even though the actual fear isn’t there anymore, is that a normal reaction? I’m going to keep practising though as I will get better with time.
I’m still touching feathers as well whenever I get the opportunity to remind myself that they actually feel nice!
Thanks so much for your help Jo, it’s really nice to be able to look around when I’m outside rather than scanning for birds the whole time. I don’t feel the urge to rush out and buy a budgie but I do feel comfortable around birds now which is exactly what I wanted. I can look forward to going to Venice now instead of dreading it! Thank you again

Where are your offices located?

Our head office is in Sompting, Lancing which is near to Brighton and Worthing on the South Coast of England. We also have offices in Lingfield, Surrey. If you can't get to our offices, we can also work with you over SKYPE if you have a computer. Alternatively, you can download the following MP3 recording, which is an hypnosis script for helping you get over your fear of birds.

Fear of Birds Self Hypnosis MP3s and CD's to purchase

This hypnosis MP3 can be downloaded and listened to at your computer, or recorded onto a CD and listened to in bed or in your spare time for instant benefits. The MP3 is put together by an expert team including Faith Waude, who has over 11 years of experience in hypnosis and trains upcoming hypnotherapists around the UK and Stephen Armstrong, who records Hypnotic World MP3s to the highest quality. Download and benefit from this hypnosis MP3: Hypnosis MP3 Download


What if I can't be hypnotised?

It is a myth that only some people can go into a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is actually a very natural state, which everyone goes in many times a day! We only need to go into a light hypnotic trance to make changes, a simple day dream where we work with the power of your imagination. We aim that sessions are relaxing and even fun!  You will hear everything I say and are in complete control at all times.

What do I do next?

Please call on freephone 0800 644 0673 or email us on if you would like to find out more information on a one to one consultation or a SKYPE consultation.



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" I highly recommend Joanna as a hypnotherapist and a coach, your understanding, empathy and techniques that you use yourself are second to none" - Jo, Forest Row

"Jo has the fantastic ability to make you feel relaxed and safe. Because of this, Jo was able to find the stronger, more positive me. Thank you."

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Pure Confidence Hypnotherapy is based in East Grinstead, West Sussex. We are in easy reach of Crawley, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells and an hour south of London. We also practice from Sompting, North Lancing which is in between Brighton and Worthing and near to Littlehampton, Horsham and Bognor Regis.

Joanna Ellis is a full time qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP practitioner and Fitness Instructor. We are fully insured and registered with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

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