Whether you are severely concerned about the dentist, needles, spiders, cats, insects, snakes, lifts, heights, flying or vomiting (emetophobia) with professional help it can be possible to reduce and eliminate a phobia.
Why do some people develop phobias? Some people develop phobias becuase other people in their family have the same phobia. If a child watches his parent run away from a spider or witnesses repeated anxiety in someone else they are likley to link the situation or object with fear and learn the same response.
Sometimes there has been an event which the phobia can be traced back to. A frightening and bad experience of a dental visit can be held in the memory for years and build a fear of dentists and / or any other similar medical visits. An experience with a dog or cat (which was unexpected) as a child (being bitten, being surprised) often is imprinted on the mind of those who now have phobias of these animals. It is very diffuclt for others to understand because if an animal is kept as a domestic pet it is not seen by others as an object of fear.
Phobia’s sometimes develop as a result of background free floating anxiety. If there has been several life changes or emotional stressors the hat (anxiety) finds a hook to hang itself on (phobia).
Occasionally keeping a phobia is a way of gaining something (albeit unintentionally and not consciously). For example it could be a way of getting attention or help, or being heard. If someone always comes to the aid of the distressed phobia sufferer (but is usually not available or does not notice them) that reinforces the phobic response.
It could be a combination and so treatment is about working out how the phobia has been set up, triggered and maintained as well as starting to reverse and reduce the phobic response and behaviours.
CBT, Hypnotherapy and sometimes EMDR are all useful ways to deal with phobias.
Often 6 – 8 sessions (using a combination of techniques) can be all that is required. Please make contact to discuss your individual requirements.