More and more people have heard of how phobias can be cured through the use of hypnotherapy. However, not as many are familiar with the work of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is useful for many mental health issues and likewise phobias.
Treating a phobia with CBT usually involves a gradual exposure to the item or situation in questions, which allows the sufferer to face their fear themselves. It is not necessary to know or understand where the fear originated from in the first place. Occasionally, in severe cases, some anti-anxiety medication can be used.
Usually, a sufferer will book a series of sessions with a psychotherapist for CBT, which could be anything from six to 12 sessions although results have been seen in fewer sessions that these in some cases. The most important thing about a phobia is not to beat yourself up over it but to identify that you do have a real problem and summon up the courage to face it and to seek help, whether that is through hypnosis or CBT. You are not the only one to suffer from your phobia, no matter how rare it is.