Fears & Phobias

Central London Psychotherapy Counselling for Phobias

Phobias and Psychotherapy Counselling & Therapy

A person can be terrified of an object or a situation and as a result go out of their way to avoid it. Some phobias can be termed ‘simple phobias’ where they are related to one particular object or situation. These can include, fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of heights (acrophobia) and fear of flying (flying phobia). Avoidance of the feared object or situation, can increase the severity of the phobia as well as impinge, in many ways, on a person’s life. As other people may regard the feared object or situation as harmless, a person suffering with the phobia can be left feeling isolated.

Other phobias, more ‘complex phobias’, can have far reaching affects on a person’s life, for example, agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder where a person, in severe cases, may find it terrifying and distressing to even consider leaving their own home. Public or unfamiliar places may leave the person in fear of experiencing a panic attack where they might feel they have little control or where they feel there is no easy means of escape.  Certain phobias can therefore place severe restrictions on a person’s life.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in London, we aim to help people understand their condition and to look at their thought processes and patterns which contribute to the fear and panic. By exploring the emotional issues around the development of the phobia and understanding the reason as to how and why the phobia developed, a person will feel more able to cope with their phobia and it is hoped, able to overcome it.