Are you Struggling with a Phobia?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been shown to be the most effective method of treating specific phobias.  This treatment usually involves an educational component so that you can understand and normalise your experiences of fear and anxiety, can work with your fears and beliefs and can slowly carry out exposure exercises until you build up to your most feared trigger without employing safety behaviours.

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is an unreasonable fear of a situation or object. Common phobias include fear of animals, birds, insects, heights, enclosed spaces and the sight of blood or injury. The physiology of fear experienced with phobias can include palpitations, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness.  Negative and anxious thoughts are common with phobias, e.g. “I’m trapped,” “What if I fall?”

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your Phobias when:
Your fear causes undue distress and/or disruption in daily life
You avoid people, places or activities because of your phobia
You are always on-guard, scanning and checking for your phobia (safety behaviour)
Your phobia is affecting your behaviour, thoughts and ability to function
My therapist helped by giving me the fundamental tools I needed to get me over the final hurdle of my recovery in terms of overcoming the phobia I have developed from driving long, unfamiliar distances. She felt like a friend with lots of knowledge to support me and put me at ease from the initial session.
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What you need to know

Much is still unknown about the actual cause of specific phobias. Causes may include:

Negative experiences. Many phobias develop as a result of having a negative experience or panic attack related to a specific object or situation.

Genetics and environment. There may be a link between your own specific phobia and the phobia or anxiety of your parents — this could be due to genetics or learned behavior.

Brain function. Changes in brain functioning also may play a role in developing specific phobias.
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