from where you feel escape might be difficult)
(fear of snakes)
What is a Phobia?
A phobia is an anxiety disorder. It is characterised by an extreme or irrational fear of an animal, object, place or situation and is very common. In the UK alone, an estimated 10 million people have a phobia to some degree. Phobias are more than simple fears, however; they can completely dominate the life of an individual who re-organises their whole life around avoiding the thing they are afraid of. The very thought of coming into contact with the thing in question or even seeing it on television, will lead to intense feelings of anxiety and can lead to the individual suffering from panic attacks. In more complex phobias such as agoraphobia (fear of open spaces and public places) and social phobias the individual may find it very difficult to lead a normal life, as these situations are not easily avoided. Further, all phobias, particularly complex phobias such as agoraphobia, can limit your daily activities and can lead to severe anxiety and depression.
Common phobia signs and symptoms:
· Shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness
· Trembling, shaking, palpitations, or racing heart
· Feeling smothered
· Fear of losing control or going mad or of dying
· Numbness or tingling sensations
· Hot (sweating) or cold flushes
· Nausea or vomiting
· Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.
There are many different kinds of phobias, however, the most common phobias include:
· Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes)
· Trypanophobia (the fear of injections)
· Social phobias
· Arachnophobia (the fear of spiders)
· Pteromerhanophobia (the fear of flying)
· Mysophobia (the fear of germs or dirt)
· Acrophobia (the fear of heights)
· Agoraphobia (the fear of situations in which escape is difficult, such as crowded areas or open spaces)
· Cynophobia (the fear of dogs)
· Astraphobia (the fear of thunder and lightning)
We all experience fear and worry, to a degree. However, phobias can cause wide-reaching difficulties and hinder day-to-day functioning. Counselling treatment for a phobia involves working through a therapy programme to control the fear. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques are very effective at reducing heightened fears.Fear counselling is designed around your particular concerns and background history. Some examples of phobias that counsellors, psychologists and CBT psychotherapists work with include fear of animals, insects, objects, people (social phobia), enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) or agoraphobia (intense fear about being in public places where you feel escape might be difficult).
How can I help you with CBT techniques?
Counselling can be a successful and highly effective way of treating phobias. Cognitive behavioural techniques in particular, have received rapturous success in reducing the heightened and disabling fear associated with phobias. By working through your fear in a structured and individualised fashion, you will begin to redefine and reframe the problem in question, gradually regaining your freedom.Using the CBT techniques I can help you to better understand and manage panic attacks, acknowledge your own limits, and identify triggers to your fear. Eventually, with my support and at your own pace, you will be able to confront your fear and start living your life free from fear. CBT therapy can help you to:
· Understanding the root causes of your fears and phobias
· Examines the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that contribute to fears
· Gain self-understanding and insight, including identifying triggers
· Develops tailor-made coping strategies to manage your fears and anxieties
· Learn techniques and tools that are applicable for the long term.
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