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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
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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