Phobias/Fears

Brighton | Plymouth

  • Fully Licensed Psychologists

  • Proven Treatments

  • 125 Years of combined experience

Phobias/Fears

If you are suffering from a phobia, you may feel controlled by that fear and embarrassed to talk about it. You may be suffering in silence avoiding the thing you are afraid of. Unfortunately, if left untreated, phobias can interfere with your daily functioning and reduce the quality of your life.

A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something. A phobia is induced when you perceive a threat. That perceived threat could be anything, which is why we have names for so many different phobias. Some common phobias are claustrophobia (fear of small spaces), agoraphobia (fear of open or crowded spaces), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), acrophobia (fear of heights or flying),germophobia (fear of germs),acrophobia (fear of flying), asraphobia (fear of thunder or lightening). Did you know that there is a condition called koumpounophobia? Yep..its a fear of buttons! It is interesting to google the many different types of phobias. You will be surprised at how many there are. We have seen most of the different types of phobias in our office over the 125 years of combined experience our doctors have in treating phobias.

The more interesting thing that many people do not know, is that phobias are a completely treatable condition. Our clinicians use well-established components of cognitive-behavioral therapy and graduated exposure. You are in control of the treatment process and your anxiety and fear reduces slowing to the point of being almost nonexistent. People are often surprised that with a little bit of work and guidance from an expert in the field, their phobia becomes well-managed in a relatively short amount of time. Truly, you do not need to live with your phobia. There are proven treatment methods that work and we will help you.