Have you ever experienced any strong fears? For example, of heights, insects, animals, dirt, attending social events, being in a crowd, being alone, being in places where it may be hard to escape or get help?
Treatment for specific phobias using evidence-based treatment is highly effective. Primarily, our therapists will use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach with an emphasis on exposure therapy. Patients work with the therapist on getting practice slowly and gradually with their biggest fears.
Common phobias include the following:
An example of how exposure therapy may work for one of these phobias includes creating a hierarchy of situations that increasingly produce more and more anxiety. For instance, on a scale of 0-10 for someone who has a fear of needles/injections, seeing a picture of a needle may produce a rating of a 2 out of 10 for anxiety. Seeing a picture of someone get a shot and blood coming out might be a 5. Actually getting a shot may be a 10 out of 10. Our therapists will help you work up the hierarchy of anxiety-producing scenarios to help you eventually overcome your fears.