What is a phobia?
Many think that fear and phobia are the same thing. The definition of a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear or aversion to something (ref).
I would go further than this. A fear is a dislike of something. You can dislike flying yet still find yourself on a plane in an emergency. With a phobia, nothing will get you onto that plane! Except maybe a tranquilliser. Many will recall Mr T in the A-Team frequently being knocked out with novocaine to get him on that plane.
What can YOU do about YOUR phobias?
We have established that phobias are common, and most with a phobia will acknowledge they are irrational. If they're rational then they aren't a phobia - they are there to save your life.
It is common for benzodiazepines to be prescribed, or beta blockers, to deal with the anxiety arising in a phobia. These don't solve the problem, they delay the resolution.
Also historically psychotherapeutic methods have been used, most include a form of exposure therapy. This is the path many will go down, and it can be very effective. I use some of these methods myself when clients request it. This type of work can typically take 6-10 sessions.
The new approaches include modern brain-based psychotherapies and rapid forms of hypnotherapy. It is not uncommon now for someone's phobia to be gone in a matter of minutes.
In the past I have helped clients that have had issues with spiders, flying, etc, and many months later they are still reporting the massive benefits to their life.
If you have a phobia that is getting in the way of living, book an appointment to see me, now.
I'm a doctor of psychology, born in Guernsey, educated at a tertiary level in Bristol, Bath, and London. Having worked and trained with some of the leading Health Psychologists in the UK, and having a passion about how Health Psychology can truly benefit many people, I now want to spread the word, as well as offer consultations to people wanting to make changes in their lives.