CBT for phobias
A phobia is an unreasonable fear of a situation or object. Common phobias include fear of animals, birds, insects, heights, enclosed spaces and the sight of blood or injury. The physiology of fear experienced with phobias can include palpitations, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness. Negative and anxious thoughts are common with phobias, e.g. “I’m trapped,” “What if I fall?”
Are you struggling with a phobia?
It’s time to get help when:
- Your fear causes undue distress and/or disruption in daily life
- You avoid people, places or activities because of your phobia
- You are always on-guard, scanning and checking for your phobia (safety behaviour)
- Your phobia is affecting your behaviour, thoughts and ability to function
CBT and phobias
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been shown to be the most effective method of treating specific phobias. This treatment usually involves an educational component so that you can understand and normalise your experiences of fear and anxiety, can work with your fears and beliefs and can slowly carry out exposure exercises until you build up to your most feared trigger without employing safety behaviours.