So what do you do when faced with fear? Run, freeze, feel sick or simply want to cry?
Fears and Phobias can range from a mild discomfort when faced with a trigger situation to crippling response patterns such as not going out, freezing, panic attacks or worse
There are, in the main, two types of phobias. There is the simple type of phobia where a person reacts negatively when they come into direct contact with something that causes the fear. For example the dentist, needles, spiders or heights.
Then there is the complex phobia which causes fear and anxiety continually.
A complex phobia can pop up in different situations, even when you are not directly in contact with the trigger and often leaves you feeling a sense of underlying anxiety. It can manifest in many ways even when you are least expecting it.
A phobia is defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding the trigger despite the fear being typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, and often being recognized as irrational.
Some common fears and phobias:
Open or closed spaces
Contact with specific objects or materials and more.....
The Good News – How I can help?
The good news is that your brain has an ability to learn, and to make new and more rational associations and responses. Learning new habits such as being more relaxed, calm and desensitised to the presence of a trigger can help overcome simple phobias very quickly
Complex fears and phobias might take a little longer to address however the process remains relatively quick if we compare it to most other approaches
Once you have re-established a new and positive association and response pattern you can look forward to enjoying the freedom of just getting on with living your life!
Talking Therapy / Psychotherapy
If you prefer a talking based approach, I also support clients to over their fears and phobias with more traditional talking based approaches which can be used in both the therapy room or during walk and talk sessions.
You can read more about the approaches I offer on my