Phobias are an extreme or irrational fear of an object or situation and can cause a lot of distress. They can restrict day-to-day life and, in severe cases, an individual may organise their life around avoiding the thing they’re afraid of. If the phobia can’t be avoided entirely, intense anxiety will result.

What are Phobias?

Generally speaking, phobias can be grouped into two different types. Simple, or specific, phobias and complex phobias.

Simple phobias are centred around certain objects, animals or activities and often coalesce in childhood. In some people these phobias become less debilitating as you get older, but this is not guaranteed.

Complex phobias tend to arise during adulthood and are often tied with a deeply embedded fear about a situation. Agoraphobia is a good example of a complex phobia as it is usually triggered by being in a crowded environment. However, it is more complicated than it seems, as some agoraphobic induced panic attacks can occur while the person is alone.

Our approach to treating phobias

Simple phobias can nearly always be treated by desensitisation. This is where the client is gradually exposed to the fear inducing object or activity.

Complex phobias often take longer to treat and will require talking therapies, such as:

If a phobia is particularly severe, medication may be used to treat the anxiety. However, this is not always needed.

If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.

This is estimated to impact around 5% of the population and can be totally debilitating for some, and interferes with the enjoyment of every day life. A reconditioning of the mind is required, and whilst a little scary, this is done step-by-step and day-by-day. You will find your journey to phobia-free to be very obtainable, although challenging.
Flying is said to be one of the safest modes of transport; but causes much distress for a number of reasons: being confined, worrying about crashing, or even being around so many people and not being able to escape. Our treatments have allowed sufferers to board their plane and enjoy a much earned holiday.
Whilst this is often thought to be a fear of open spaces, it’s much more complex than that. Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape is deemed to be difficult, or help wouldn’t be available if things were to go wrong, which may present itself in places like shopping centres, public transport or even just stepping outside of one’s home. This phobia can be treated and the path to this will be dependent on the individual. However, some changes towards a healthy lifestyle are a good starting point, as well as some self-help and therapy.
This is the most common of all specific phobias. Those with arachnophobia often have difficulties being in their own home, due to the fact that spiders are able to access homes with ease. The fear of spiders is most commonly learnt at a younger age; often from the behaviours of others and is easily dealt with through therapy.
Claustrophobia is thought to impact 10% of the population, and sufferers have varying degrees of severity. Claustrophobia will normally have a trigger; which is either thinking about, or experiencing events such as: being in a lift or tunnel, revolving doors, aeroplanes, or public toilet cubicles. Even crowded places. Exposure treatment can be fantastic for this.
This will vary from person to person. Some may be afraid of certain dogs, or dogs of a certain size; and some may feel fear of any dog. There are often incidents that have led to this type of phobia and it is key to isolate those incidents in order to put this phobia in the past.
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. It’s very common and the symptoms, including dry mouth, weak voice, rapid heartbeat and sweating, can cause intense feelings of embarrassment. It can happen anywhere from the classroom to the boardroom and can cause the sufferer to miss out on opportunities for advancement. Fortunately, it can be overcome with therapy.
Most individual’s fear of snakes is unfounded, and there has been no particular incident that has spiralled into the fear. They believe them to be poisonous, dangerous, and slimy. Like other animal phobias, this fear can be eradicated by therapy.
As soon as an individual steps outside of their home, they will feel the fear as the risk is immediate. This fear is quite simply irrational, and the trick is to unlearn this fear in order to remove it from life.
This is an intense fear of certain social situations. These will especially be based around situations that are unfamiliar or where that person feels they will be watched, evaluated, scrutinised or judged. Those that suffer with this will go to all lengths to avoid these situations, which may include: meeting new people, speaking in a meeting, eating or drinking in public or even making small talk or speaking with those who are seen as ‘in authority’. It’s important to first understand the issue thoroughly, and then a pathway to resolving this phobia can be put in place.

A phobias case study

This female client had recently become pregnant and needed to have regular blood tests due to the risk of her baby having Down’s Syndrome. However, she had suffered from a phobia of blood and needles since the age of 10; she regularly fainted at the sight of blood.

We suggested four hypnotherapy sessions focused on reprocessing her experience of the original trauma that caused her phobia. It involved teaching NLP-style coping techniques for emotional state management and self-hypnosis for relaxation. Whilst she was open to the idea of hypnotherapy, she was nervous about the prospect of having to confront her fear. Much of the first session involved metaphorical hand-holding – pacing the session and leading her according to her level of comfort.

After the four sessions, she was able to take the required blood tests without any adverse effect. She later returned for further help in physically and mentally preparing herself for the birth of her child using hypnobirthing techniques. She is now the proud mother of a healthy baby girl.

Before starting my course of hypnotherapy, my life was being dominated by feelings of anguish because of my bird phobia. It’d been a big problem for me for most of my life and it was getting worse as the years wore on, till I decided enough was enough and went to see Richard about getting some help to overcome it. Now that the treatment is finished I feel so liberated and back in control of my life. The fear that had become part of my everyday life has now left me and been replaced with feelings of calm and confidence. I would urge anyone who’s suffering from a phobia which affects your life to get this sort of treatment, I’m so grateful to Richard for giving me the chance to get rid of my fears and for my new found confidence.
Jane, St. Margaret’s

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Phobias can definitely be cured, says Richard Reid – Senior Executive Coach and Trainer at Pinnacle Therapy in central London – and in some cases very quickly. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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You'd be pleased to know that phobias can definitely be cured. And in many cases when we apply ourselves wholeheartedly to dealing with them, they could be cured very, very quickly.

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Richard Reid
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Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Richard Reid (founder of central London-based Pinnacle Therapy) reveals that, in most cases, phobias can be treated effectively in less than half a dozen sessions. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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In most cases, you'll see a difference in terms of dealing with your phobia after even just one or two sessions. In most cases, phobias can be cured in less than half a dozen sessions.

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Richard Reid
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Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Senior Executive Coach and Trainer, Richard Reid, of London-based Pinnacle Therapy, lists a few of the most common phobias, such as a fear of spiders, enclosed spaces, trains, heights or flying. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Some of the most common phobias includes fear of spiders, fear of enclosed spaces, fear of trains, fear of heights, fear of flying.

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Richard Reid of London-based Pinnacle Therapy explains how phobias develop due to the brain applying inappropriate reactions to everyday situations, which can seem irrational, but to the brain are very real. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Phobias have their basis in the most permissive part of the brain which is millions of years old. And so often it applies inappropriate reactions to everyday social situations which can seem irrational but to the brain seem very, very real. And so an important part of phobia therapy is about getting the brain to realise that those situations are entirely safe.

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Richard Reid
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Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Richard Reid, Senior Executive Coach and Trainer at London-based Pinnacle Therapy, describes how a natural fear can become all-consuming or irrational, and so it turns into what's called a phobia. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Very, very natural for us to display some degree of fear in certain situations. So for example, if you're standing at the top of a high building, it's probably understandable if you feel some degree of fear, because it's a situation which represents some level of danger. A phobia is when that fear becomes all-consuming or irrational. So for example, if we have a fear of spiders and we are constantly looking around to see if there are spiders in the room. That would be an inappropriate level of fear and would be in the realms of phobia.

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Richard Reid
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Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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There are a range of treatment options available to deal with phobias, explains Richard Reid of Pinnacle Therapy in London. The most common include CBT, EMDR and hypnotherapy. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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There are a range of treatment options available to deal with phobias, the most common ones include CBT and EMDR as well as hypnotherapy. And all of those will involve some degree of what we call exposure therapy. This is where we either expose ourselves to imagery or real-life situations that have some representation of the fear that feeds the phobia. And it's really important that we do that in gradual stages so we allow the brain to get used to dealing with those, and for it we make the realisation that actually those situations are entirely safe.

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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