Phobias

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Everyone has fears. Whether it is a fear of spiders or a fear of the dark, there are varying situations, places, feelings, objects or animals that can trigger an unpleasant sensation – an urge to prepare for or completely avoid the perceived danger.

 

A fear is a completely natural human emotion, but in some people fears are more pronounced and will manifest as a phobia. A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that develops when someone has an exaggerated sense of danger about a certain object or situation. They can be incredibly stressful to live with, and in severe cases can take a toll on a person’s health, well-being and overall way of life.

 

Living with a phobia means people are often in constant anguish about whether they may come into contact with what they are afraid of. However, continually trying to avoid a particular fear is likely to make it seem worse than it really is, and many people will start dreading confronting normal, everyday situations. Treatment for phobias can help to break this negative spiral and can help to get feelings of anxiety under control.

Our approach

Working Minds recommends a blended approach to working with phobias.

While treatment for simple phobias tends to be in itself relatively straightforward – often in the form of gradual exposure to a certain phobia – treating complex phobias can take longer and often involves more work. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most commonly used approaches, as it helps individuals to reconsider their way of processing situations whilst enabling them to find ways to deal with their anxieties more constructively. Your Working Minds Therapist may also encourage clients to explore any additonal underlying causes of their anxiety in order to help them better understand it and see it in a more realistic light. All Counselling treatments for phobias are essentially a gradual and controlled way of decreasing anxiety and helping people to develop new patterns of thinking and behaviour that promote well-being and life fulfillment. 



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Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.

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Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.

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Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

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Russell W - New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...
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