Effective treatment for Phobias and Fears at the Rickmansworth Thrive Programme Centre
Treatment for phobias in Rickmansworth clinic, welcoming enquiries from Eastcote, Harrow, Northwood, Watford, Uxbridge, Pinner and London.
Phobias are extremely common and are experienced by at least 11% of the population at some time in their lives. Some of the most common are fears of spiders, snakes, flying, birds, needles, vomit, fear of open or enclosed spaces (such as fear of lifts or fear of tube trains), fear of going out and fear of heights. Indeed, people can develop a phobic response to almost any situation.
What exactly causes phobias?
Put simply, it is the sufferer’s lack of emotional control when thinking about, or being in the presence of their feared stimulus: the huge amount of stress and anxiety they are creating by the WAY they are thinking about their feared object or event. People with phobias nearly always attribute their fear to the stimulus itself; most people suffering from a phobia know logically that their response is irrational and unjustified. For example, a person with a snake phobia in Britain knows that there is no risk of them being bitten by a snake, and yet the thought of one can terrify them. The same to spiders. Likewise a person with a fear of flying may know logically that it is the safest form of transport but still are terrified at the thought of it. How is this possible?
Most people don’t look ‘internally’ or at their own particular ways of thinking to try to understand or change their phobic response…and that’s where the answer lays. It is in the way that we misuse our imagination, often to imagine the worst-case scenario that creates and maintains our fear response. Phobics will also do their best to avoid the feared stimulus – and by telling yourself it’s so scary that you can’t even face it will have the effect of helping you to feel even more fearful and powerless in your emotional response.