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Overcome Your Fear Of Cockroaches

Hypnotherapy And NLP Process For Fear Of Cockroaches

Hypnotherapy can help you

  • Cockroaches are unpleasant, let’s face it,
  • But cockroach phobia is not necessary.
  • Be free of the fear of cockroaches.
  • Though you don’t have to like them!
  • All phobias can be helped.
  • Hypnotherapy and NLP works.

Cockroaches don’t have many fans.

They are associated with filth, and squalor and disease and most people think they are pretty disgusting.  You don’t have to actually like cockroaches, but it’s quite OK not to be absolutely terrified of them. Like all insect phobias, and most other phobias, this particular fear is generally easy and rapid to recondition using the powerful and direct methodologies of NLP and hypnotherapy.

Where does my fear of cockroaches come from

Well you probably became phobic of them following some unpleasant and scary incident involving the little beasts. In fact, some people ‘learn’ this kind of terror simply from watching a horror film. The point is, though, that it doesn’t matter where it came from, you don’t even need to know. All we are dealing with here is an acquired pattern of thinking, a sort of mental knee-jerk response, basically a bad and automated ‘habit’ in your mind

How will you help my phobia?

Directly, as we have said, and typically in one session though occasionally it takes a little longer.  We get you to access very positive resource states, times when you felt just wonderful, and map these states over the top of the fear response. This has the effect of canceling the phobia (don’t worry, it won’t make you like cockroaches!)

Case Notes From Therapy – Steve Tromans

The first person I saw with this phobia, some ten years ago, was a seventeen year old girl who arrived with her mother. We always see minors together with one of their parents or guardians in any event, but there was a special reason her mother accompanied her. The girl was worried that I may have forgotten why she was coming to see me because she was unable to say the word ‘cockroach’ out loud. In fact, she couldn’t even write it down. So I guess we would have had to play ‘charades’ or something to find out… This was the first time I had ever seen someone who couldn’t say the name of the thing they were scared of, though there have been many since. This girl had learned her fear whilst on holiday in Tenerife. She, her mother and sister had been walking down an alley between two buildings at night and suddenly a swarm of hundreds of the insects swarmed over their feet. And they were wearing flip-flops.  The women, that is, not the cockroaches. I think that would faze anyone… I simply used the NLP Fast Phobia Process, massively disassociated her from the experience, applied stacks of resource anchors (got her laughing a lot), and attached the ‘humour’ feelings to thoughts and memories of the insects. It took 20 minutes. By then she was singing about cockroaches, which I later learned had slightly disturbed the yoga group in the room below.  This was the first time I had used this technique with someone this terrified, and I was almost as amazed as she was that she was totally OK as a result.’

Please feel free to make comments and or ask questions.

8 Responses

  1. Peyton says:

    Hi my name is Peyton and I think I have a phobia of cockroaches I find them in my car almost every day and every time I see one I freak out, I cry and yell and I have to call someone to get it out and I feel bad because this is a daily occurrence and I don’t like people having to see me like that but I can’t control it, all I can think of when I’m driving is that they are all around me that one is going to crawl up my leg and I will swerve and hit a tree I really need help how do I get this?

    • steve says:

      Hi Peyton I am not surprised you are freaking out finding cockroaches in your car. Loads of people would. Whether you have a phobia of cockroaches or not you have to pretty much take your car apart and deal with them (or get someone else to). Some good advice here – cockroach car infestation

      As to the phobia itself yes of course it is possible to deal with it. If one of my associates isn’t close to you then either Skype one of us or do a Google search for a local hypnotherapist with experience with phobias. These days there are thousands so hopefully you will find someone close.

      Best Wishes Steve Tromans

  2. Makayla says:

    Hi, My name is Makayla and I also think I have a cockroach phobia. If I see one I have a body skits and run for my life. I don’t even think about what I’m doing or how I do it I just do it. If I see one in my bedroom I have to tear my room apart to find it. Even when it’s dead I can’t pick it up someone else has to do it for me. When I see them my heart races and I shake, ugh! It’s so frustrating. I don’t want to be afraid of them but it’s like a natural thing. I think it may have triggered when I was younger while I lived with my mother; her house was infested and one time I woke up to one crawling over me. That house was a sad experience overall so that doesn’t help. Now many years later living with my dad I still have my irrational fears. How do I stop? How do I stop being so paranoid?

    • steve says:


      Any of us may be able to help you with this. Please scroll to the foot of the page and get in touch with whoever is closest to you. If a face to face appointment is not practical then many of us do this kind of phobia work via Skype.

  3. Lynne says:

    Hi, I live in South Florida, and the roaches here can sometimes get over two inches long, and about an inch wide (very scary). They are the gliding ones, and they are dark and predatory looking. I am terrified of these roaches. When they are somewhere in the room, sometimes they make so much noise that it sounds like a small animal is in there. Whenever I hear something like paper rattling in the night, my chest tightens, I shake uncontrollably, and I feel like doom. I am losing sleep because I am so scared one is going to get on the bed, in my ear, or crawl right by my head. One time I couldn’t even go into the bathroom for several days (had to use the guest bathroom) because I knew one was in there. I’m wondering if it’s really possible to overcome the state of panic and terror I get into whenever I even think one is around.

    • steve says:

      Hi Lynee

      Yes it is. We don’t have anyone within the Florida area but and of my US based colleagues may be able to help via Skype.

      Best Wishes

      Steve Tromans

  4. amina says:

    my name is Amy, and i think i have ccockroach phobia, idk where did it start i think 3 or 4 years ago when we moved to this house,everytime i see a cockroach which is pretty much every night the pest is in the top of my head or somewhere near my face, im getting sick of it and each time i see it i freak out and start jumping and i dont sleep untill the next day 🙁
    but the weirdest thing is that the cockroach never approch anyone of my family like literally always me .. just me. My mum even thinks im a psyco or something because im the only one who see it.. i need serious help 🙁

    • steve says:

      Hi Amy

      Yes we may be able to help you, please do feel free to get in touch with whichever of us are closest to you (see below)

      Best Wishes
      Steve Tromans

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