The term Specific Phobias relates to an excessive and often irrational fear and response to specific environments, objects or things. The more common types of phobia include fear of small places, heights, lightning or storms, the dark, medical procedures including needles, spiders, flying, blood, animals – including dogs, cats, snakes, rats, mice, birds. There are even more specific and less common forms of phobias that may occur for people.
Phobias can be debilitating for those experiencing the distress associated with the trigger and fear of being exposed. The effort that may go into preventing the risk exposure can become problematic for the sufferer requiring treatment.
A combination of education, relaxation / meditation and exposure therapy has been found to work very well in assisting people in the treatment of specific phobias. The gradual exposure approach, that is developed in conjunction with the client, enables them to change their relationship with their thoughts and feelings about their fear resulting in better coping and improved quality of life.