Phobias & Fears
Phobias Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Phobias are so common place that almost everybody has something that they feel “funny” about, that they know is a bit irrational, but nevertheless, find causes them a problem. The severity of phobias ranges from ‘mildly inconvenient’ all the way through to ‘disruptive to living’ and is highly dependent on the person who is suffering.
At least 50% of our clients consult to overcome phobias of one sort or another and more often than not also end up solving a range of problems that are indirectly associated with the issue.
It could be that you have a fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia), or perhaps you “need” to sleep with the light on (fear of the dark – Nyctophobia), or perhaps you dread having to make a best man’s speech or presentation of some kind (fear of public speaking or Glossophobia).
On the whole, people generally manage to deal with these “minor” issues and they tend not to be too damaging to a person’s life.
There are, however, many people who also find that their phobia plays havoc with their lives preventing them from getting on with things, or perhaps “forcing” them to miss some great opportunity in life.
For example, many people feel a bit “uncomfortable” about flying in a plane, but nevertheless, still fly and enjoy the benefits of whatever lies at the end of the plane journey, but for those who have developed a more “severe” phobia of flying they may be so phobic that they never take a foreign holiday, or turn down a promotion because it might entail inter-continental travel.
So with all phobias, it is important to recognise that they may be mild or severe and that no two people suffer phobias in the same way.
Phobias bring people to our clinic more frequently than any other condition, and we have a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that can be of positive benefit to the sufferer.
Common Phobias We Encounter
To view a comprehensive list of phobias we can help with click this link.
You can also search for phobias by description here.
The types of Phobias is actually without end as people can actually have fears or phobias about ANYTHING.
There is even a Phobia of Phobias called “Phobophobia”.
Why are there so many Phobias?
That’s a good question!
From our point of view we recognise that the object or experience that produces the phobic response may simply be a “substitute” for some other fear or worry that we “carry” around with us.
Alternatively, it’s also possible that Phobias may be the result of a cognitive distortion developed over a number of years.
In other words we are not actually frightened of the thing itself, but having something definitive for us to “label” as the thing that causes the fear helps us to make sense of the “hidden” fear within us.
For example, people who have a Fear of Flying are, in 98% of the cases, actually afraid of being “out of control”.
It’s just a lot easier to call it “Fear of Flying” than to face the fact that you have a “control” issue in your life!
So, if you regard phobias from this point of view, it is relatively easy to see how almost any object or experience could feel “phobic”.
Please do not misunderstand what we are saying here, the “fear” and “anxiety” that you experience when confronted with your “phobia trigger” is REAL, it’s just that the cause of it is something else.
What Causes Phobias?
There are THREE possible causes of fears and phobias from our perspective:
I. You have actually had a very negative experience of one of the things you are phobic about and this has been “engrained” in your mind as a perfectly reasonable response. (For example, you’ve actually been involved in an aircraft crash, or bitten badly by a spider)
II. You have some un-processed or un-helpfully processed experience in your past and this experience seeks some way of being expressed, so your mind finds and outlet in a fear or phobia.
III. You have developed a certain thinking “style” known as “anticipatory anxiety” and it is in fact this “pre-worrying” that causes the anxiety NOT the thing you believe you’re afraid of!
How can we help with Phobias?
There are a number of ways in which we can help you to overcome your fears and phobias, but the choice of “treatment” is largely determined by the severity of your symptoms and whether or not you have “other things” going on in your life that might be contributing to your current state.
We do not provide any kind of treatment without first meeting and talking to you about your specific fears and phobias at our FREE initial consultation.
Once we have been able to “assess” your specific situation, we will suggest one of a number of interventions each designed to deal with your problem in a slightly different way.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Phobias
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome your phobias then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
Watch the Thrive Video
FREE Initial Consultations for Phobias
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Phobias. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & Counselling should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Phobias
Phobias and fears are generally made even worse by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these ‘thinking errors’ by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was nice because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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