Supporting you to overcome fears…

Are you having fearful reactions to specific things, situations, objects or animals? Do you experience physical sensations including an increased heart rate, shallow breathing or tension in your body? We have supported many people to overcome specific phobias of spiders, heights, social interactions, dogs, choking and more.

What are Phobias?

A phobia is an extreme fear of an object or situation. People with phobias may go to great lengths to avoid the thing they’re afraid of. Phobias can be extremely debilitating, preventing people from living normal, productive lives.

There are many different types of phobias, including:

⦿ Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or of being in situations from which escape might be difficult.

⦿ Claustrophobia: Fear of enclosed spaces.

⦿ Social phobia: Fear of social situations, such as parties or public speaking.

⦿ Specific phobias: Fear of specific objects or situations, such as snakes, heights, or flying.

If you suffer from a phobia, there are treatments available that can help you manage your fear and live a normal life.


 

When should I get support with Phobias?

If you have a phobia, it can be tough to deal with on your own. Many people with phobias try to avoid the things they’re afraid of, but this isn’t always possible or practical. If your phobia is impacting your quality of life, it may be time to seek professional help.

If you’re not sure whether you need help, consider how much your phobia is affecting your life. Do you avoid certain activities or places because of your fear? Are you unable to function normally because of your anxiety? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s worth considering seeking professional help.

About the author of this service

Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.

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What does therapy for Phobias involve?

The first step in CBT for phobias is to identify the thoughts and beliefs that contribute to your fear. Once you’re aware of these, you can start to challenge and change them. This may involve gradually exposing yourself to the thing you’re afraid of, in a safe and controlled way. With each exposure, you’ll find that your fear begins to lessen.

CBT is usually provided by a trained therapist, but there are also many self-help resources available. If you’re interested in exploring CBT on your own, here are some steps to get started:

⦿ Identify your fear. What are you afraid of? What triggers your anxiety?

⦿ Challenge your thoughts. What thoughts contribute to your fear? Are they realistic?

⦿ Change your behaviour. What can you do to expose yourself to your fear in a safe and controlled way?

⦿ Practice relaxation techniques. How can you reduce your overall anxiety level?

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