Phobias 2019-04-18T13:52:12+01:00
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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 you are gradually exposed to the fear inducing object or activity.

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

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

What Clients Say

I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I really feel like I’m getting better and starting to become the person who I really am.
Julie, London
” 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, Teddington
Rob, Guildford
I found the whole experience incredibly useful and I feel I’ve moved on massively in a relatively short space of time. I feel like a different person to how I felt when I walked into therapy! The main thing for me was being equipped with the tools to deal with anxiety and realise that I can deal with it! I would thoroughly recommend it.
Jane, Wimbledon