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Phobias

A phobia is an intense (usually excessive) fear that occurs in the presence of an animal, object, or situation. Phobias are very common and most people can manage in their lives without ever seeking treatment because when they are not in front of the feared stimulus, they are not thinking about it. This works so long as it does not seem to cause any significant disruptions in your life.

Phobias are very common and are generally fairly simple to treat. People generally only come to get treatment for phobias when they ‘have to’. For instance, if you fear snakes and live in the city, your phobia is unlikely to ever get triggered.

However, phobias can cause problems when people do need to come into contact with the feared object / situation – like having a fear of flying (Or like Shane Warne’s phobia of spiders)! Having a fear of flying is a very common phobia, and can be problematic if you need to fly for work or pleasure. A quick-fix may be to take a sedative, but this may leave you feeling groggy, and this does not actually get rid of the Anxiety. Similarly, avoiding spiders – or having others ‘deal with’ the spider so you do not have to – may reduce your anxiety in the short term, but it does not actually eliminate your anxiety.

More debilitating phobias include:

Having an extreme fear of an activity, object or situation due to a past unresolved trauma that gets in the way of you being able to function or live a meaningful life. This is definitely something to seek professional help for because it is unlikely that the fear will resolve itself untreated, and worse – it may generalize to other situations that are not currently threatening. For instance, sometimes people who have had a serious car accident can develop fears about being in cars that can later generalize to being in any vehicle (bus, train, ferry, or even escalator or lift).

Other common phobias include: having a fear of driving over specific things such as bridges (fear of heights) or driving through tunnels (Claustrophobia). Or, a fear of leaving the house or being in open or public spaces (Agoraphobia). Note. A fear of having a Panic Attack is different to a specific phobia – but it is also treatable (see here).

Treatments for phobias, trauma and anxiety are very effective and include Exposure (ERP), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Read more about these treatments here.

I can help you with all Anxiety Disorders and can help you get your life back on track. If you would like to contact me, I would love to hear from you. I am a PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 year’s experience trained in Mindfulness & Compassion Focused Therapies.

To book in a session with me:

CONTACT ME

I will typically respond to you within 12-24 hrs.

Resources

 To read more about ‘What is Anxiety?’

Access free self-help resources here

What is Mindfulness?

Calm yourself with this powerful breathing technique

Learn about your Brain’s 3 Emotion Regulation Systems

Understanding the Physiology of Self-Criticism

 Other Anxiety Disorders:

I can help you with all Anxiety Disorders and can help you get your life back on track. If you would like to contact me, I would love to hear from you. I am a PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 year’s experience trained in Mindfulness & Compassion Focused Therapies.

To book in a session with me:

CONTACT ME

I will typically respond to you within 12-24 hrs.

Resources

 To read more about ‘What is Anxiety?’

Access free self-help resources here

What is Mindfulness?

Calm yourself with this powerful breathing technique

Learn about your Brain’s 3 Emotion Regulation Systems

Understanding the Physiology of Self-Criticism

Other Anxiety Disorders:

 

Dr Andreas Comninos 

PhD Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor

I am a warm and compassionate PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. My aims are to help you feel safe and respected while listening carefully for stuck patterns and unexpressed needs, and to help you resolve your struggles by teaching you new ways of responding to the challenges in your life.

My expertise is in tailoring the latest evidenced-based treatments to people’s specific needs, and in teaching practical skills to enable people to take actions that will enable them to live more meaningful lives. This includes helping people to clarify their values (i.e., what is most important?), helping people identify what is getting in the way (strong emotions, the mind, and unhelpful behaviors), and helping to people understand how psychology can help (i.e., what to do about it!).

I provide therapy in person at several locations and offer Telehealth consultations for people in remote areas. Depending on your requirements, we can also arrange for me to visit you. If you are eligible, Medicare rebates at the highest level apply with the appropriate paperwork.

For immediate self-help, I have written practical articles containing tools to help you with a wide-range of topics. This will introduce you to some of the ways that we might work together and are available here.

Phobias

Dr Andreas Comninos

Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor

B.Psych (Hons), PhD (Clin Psych), ACBS, MAPS

Dr Andreas Comninos

PhD Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor
B.Psych (Hons), PhD (ClinPsych), ACBS, MAPS
Phobias

About me.

I am a warm and compassionate PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. My aims are to help you feel safe and respected while listening carefully for stuck patterns and unexpressed needs, and to help you resolve your struggles by teaching you new ways of responding to the challenges in your life.

My expertise is in tailoring the latest evidenced-based treatments to people’s specific needs, and in teaching practical skills to enable people to take actions that will enable them to live more meaningful lives. This includes helping people to clarify their values (i.e., what is most important?), helping people identify what is getting in the way (strong emotions, the mind, and unhelpful behaviors), and helping to people understand how psychology can help (i.e., what to do about it!).

I provide therapy in person at several locations and offer Telehealth consultations for people in remote areas. Depending on your requirements, we can also arrange for me to visit you. If you are eligible, Medicare rebates at the highest level apply with the appropriate paperwork.

For immediate self-help, I have written practical articles containing tools to help you with a wide-range of topics. This will introduce you to some of the ways that we might work together and are available here.

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