What are Phobias?
A phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. Sufferers can have one or more phobias which may or may not be related.
Some common phobias include:
- Flying, lifts or heights
- Spiders, creepy crawlies or other insects
- Darkness or crowded places
- Needles, dentists, doctors or similar ‘white coat syndrome’
However, this list is far from exhaustive – it is possible to have a genuine phobia regarding almost any object or circumstance. Whatever your own phobia may be, the fear which you feel when confronted by it is entirely real.
Symptoms of Phobias
Phobic symptoms can occur through exposure to the feared object or situation – sometimes simply thinking about it can lead to a response. Common symptoms, include:
- A sense of unreality
- Fear of dying
These symptoms can escalate into a full-blown anxiety (or ‘panic’) attack. Sometimes people seek to isolate themselves from the perceived threat – leading to difficulties in daily life.
How common are phobias?
Phobias are actually quite common – affecting more than 10% of the population – regardless of age, sex, culture, abilities or social standing.
How we can help you overcome your phobia
I see a lot of individuals like you who wish to live phobic free lives. Many people recognize that their fear is irrational and want to take steps to overcome their phobia.
Working with you, we will establish what your phobias are, how you react and what level your fear reaches. I will then ascertain what treatments will be most effective in your instance – in this way the integrative therapy is tailored specifically for you.
Your phobia is tackled using an effective combination of Cognitive Hypnosis, NLP or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Once complete the success of the treatment is tested and you can be assured that I will provide ongoing support.
How long does treatment take?
This really depends on your individual needs,the work you have already undertaken and what your specific outcomes are. I can assure you that I want you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible. It’s my policy that you are empowered and not a therapy slave….!