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  • Does the idea of being pregnant or giving birth fill you with anxiety and dread?
  • Perhaps this is impacting your relationship?
  • Would you like to become a mother but this anxiety is holding you back?

Tokophobia is a phobia of pregnancy or giving birth.

The term Tokophobia was coined in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2000.

It can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary meaning you’ve never been pregnant before, secondary meaning you have been pregnant before – no matter the outcome of that pregnancy.

Often Tokophobia is written off as just normal worries and anxiety, but for some women it is quite simply debilitating – as any phobia can be.

I work with women in a non-judgmental, calm and supportive way – to help them achieve the changes they want in themselves and their lives. We do this through Clinical Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness and other Psychotherapeutic approaches including CBT.

Session Details:

Duration: 60 Minutes

Platform used: Sessions are held over Zoom which has end to end encryption and is therefore very safe and confidential.

Session format:

A typical session will involve:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Talk therapy
  • Plus other therapeutic techniques and approaches.
  • However, there is no one size fits all and I work with the client in front of me, rather than from a prescriptive programme or system.

Frequently asked questions:

Who is this for?

This is for any woman who has very strong negative feelings or emotions about the idea of pregnancy or giving birth.  You may have never been pregnant before, or you may have had previous pregnancies.

Is any preparation needed for the session?

None whatsoever, although I can of course answer any questions you may have.

When is the right time to book in for this?

Any time really. I have seen clients who wish to start a family but need some support in moving past this phobia first. I have also worked with clients who are already pregnant but are experiencing difficult emotions about the pregnancy or labour.

How many sessions will I need?

With any type of therapy, this can be tricky to answer without knowing your background and the depth of the issue but I advise planning for 3 sessions with me and we can discuss from there.

Is there any follow-up support?

I am always available by email for my clients and I also provide hypnosis and mindfulness recordings alongside worksheets for you to keep.