Bristol Zoo Gardens - Living with Spiders Course Monday 21st May
Bristol

At Bristol Zoo Gardens we have responded to the demand for people wanting to get over their fear of spiders by offering a course, called 'Living with spiders'. This is delivered jointly by Greg Nejedly (a hypnotherapist at the Hypnotherapy Bristol Practice) and a member of the Zoo Education team and takes place in the Zoo's Conservation Education Centre on Guthrie Road, opposite Clifton College. You will join a small and personal group, with up to ten participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course lasts for up to four hours and includes a variety of approaches to help you, including talks, relaxation, hypnotherapy and an optional meeting with our friendly spiders.

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    At Bristol Zoo Gardens we have responded to the demand for people wanting to get over their fear of spiders by offering a course, called 'Living with spiders'.  This is delivered jointly by Greg Nejedly (a hypnotherapist at the Hypnotherapy Bristol Practice) and a member of the Zoo Education team and takes place in the Zoo's Conservation Education Centre on Guthrie Road, opposite Clifton College. You will join a small and personal group, with up to ten participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

    The course lasts for up to four hours and includes a variety of approaches to help you, including talks, relaxation, hypnotherapy and an optional meeting with our friendly spiders.

    Living with Spiders course content:

    • Introduction and a talk on phobias with a group discussion on how the phobia affects you
    • Relaxation
    • A talk about the wonderful world of spiders – highlighting their anatomy, behaviour and role in nature
    • Refreshment break with a selection of hot drinks and sandwiches
    • Discussion and information about hypnosis
    • Hypnotherapy
    • An optional meeting with live, friendly spiders.
    • Presentation of certificate of attendance

    Is the course effective?

    Evaluation from the course shows that this combination of approaches really does result in a clear positive change in participants’ reactions and emotions towards spiders. Average anxiety levels for participants during face to face spider encounters fell by over a half after the course – see graph to the right.

    Participants also described their reactions and emotions to spider encounters in three words. The results pre- and post-course can be seen in the word clouds below with feelings of ‘panic, terror and fear’ being replaced by ones of ‘calm and interested’.

    word cloud spider phobia pre-course

     

    word cloud spider phobia post-course

     

    75% of participants graded the usefulness of the course as 8-10 out of 10 and feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive:

    I want to say a huge thank you for last night. After 30 odd years of being petrified I now feel far more positive about my next inevitable encounter and dare I say I'm almost looking forward to it to see how well I deal with it! 
    Katherine Burfoot, Nov 2017 

    Thanks for yesterday's course. When I got home I had a spider encounter. I was able to safely take it outside. But before I did, I had a chance to actually admire it closely...so thank you once again.
    Adela Miles, Sept 2017

     

    spider phobia course - average level of anxiety graph
    Pricing Information

    The Living with spiders course costs £95. The top up session costs £40.

    Opening Times

    18.00 - 22.30

    Address

    Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

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