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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Shead

How to beat your fear of needles

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

This comes just in time for the Covid-19 vaccine! Wherever your place in the Covid vaccination queue, the largest programme of its kind represents a near-miraculous development in response to a devastating global pandemic, possibly even heralding its end.

So, you might think we’d all be jumping at the chance to get ourselves vaccinated!

But if you suffer from trypanophobia – otherwise known as the ‘fear of needles’ – you may be living in terror of that appointment letter dropping onto your doormat.

You could suffer from trypanophobia if you experience feelings of panic or anxiety at the thought of a needle, you feel faint at the sight of one, or you find yourself going to great lengths to avoid medical procedures that involve an injection.

Trypanophobia: you are not alone

Trypanophobia is more common than you might think. According to the charity Anxiety UK, between 3.5% and 10% of the population are petrified of needles.

Reasons for this vary; some people are fearful because they had a bad experience with childhood injections, for example.

Sadly, many people are unwilling to share their terror of needles because they feel embarrassed, or they worry that others will dismiss them by saying unhelpful things like, “you’re an adult, so just get over it”.

Stopping fear in its tracks

Unfortunately, “just getting over” a crippling fear is almost impossible to achieve.

In fact, trypanophobia can feel so intense and overwhelming, that some sufferers will be considering skipping their place in the Covid vaccination queue altogether.

If this describes you, please know that there’s no need to put yourself at risk in this way, when effective solutions are available to help you beat that fear of needles into submission… once and for all.

What is BWRT®, and how does it treat trypanophobia?

Created by the UK professional therapist Terence Watts (MCGI), Brainworking Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) is a fast, effective, psychology-based therapy that helps dissolve fears and phobias, often in just one short session.

BWRT® does not use hypnosis, nor does it establish coping mechanisms for you to rely on. Only Certified Practitioners can deliver this type of therapy, whilst adhering to a strict ethical code.

You will be fully conscious during your confidential and completely non-judgemental session, remaining in complete control throughout. And in case you were wondering if you’d have to share your innermost secrets, rest assured that you won’t have to.

BWRT® simply involves teaching you how to use your own thoughts and inner resources to change the way you respond to powerful memories and experiences. There will be no need for you to share all of these details with your therapist, and no need for you to discuss unrelated private information.

Find out more about BWRT®

I would love to help you beat your fear of needles, once and for all!

As a Level 3 Advanced Practitioner, and one of the first therapists to train in BWRT® in 2014, I have carried out thousands of successful consultations.

I am always honoured to have a new opportunity to help someone beat a fear that holds them back in life, so if that sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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