A phobia is a specific and very intense fear. People can have phobias of places (bridges, cars), bodily functions (vomiting, sex), or situations (flying, crowded places). Phobias can run the gamut – you can literally have a phobia of anything.
Although the range of phobias is endless, the treatment is relatively standard: gradual exposure to the feared stimuli can provide many clients with moderate to full symptom improvement. I will serve as a confident and steadfast support in your treatment and only move as fast as you are willing to explore in your treatment. Exposure work on phobias is never coerced or forced and is always conducted at the client’s pace.
Examples of common phobias:
- Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
- Arachnophobia (fear of spiders)
- Claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces)
- Hemophobia (fear of blood)
- Gephyrophobia (fear of bridges)
- Pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying)
- Trypanophobia (fear of needles or injections)
- Acrophobia (fear of heights)
- Thanatophobia (fear of death or dying)
- Trypophobia (fear of holes)
- Coulrophobia (fear of clowns)
- Cynophobia (fear of dogs)
- Aquaphobia (fear of water)
- Claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces)
- Glossaphobia (fear of public speaking)
- Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes)
- Social phobia (fear of social situations)
- Agoraphobia (fear of situations in which escape is difficult – crowded areas, open spaces, situations which might trigger a panic attack)
*Note: The above is not a comprehensive list of phobias. If you have questions about whether or not you have a phobia, please contact me to discuss.