Therapy for Arachnophobia the Fear of Spiders or ‘creepy crawlies’
Arachnophobia is the Fear of Spiders (specifically) but often sufferers will also have a generally negative reaction to ‘creepy crawlies’ of any kind. The majority of Arachnophobes will never have actually been attacked or hurt by a spider, particularly here in the UK where there are no dangerous spiders in existence (in the wild!).
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ridiculous or silly, the person who suffers from the phobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.
We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychotherapy and will treat you and your Arachnophobia seriously.
For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the phobic person “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.
The majority of people who do suffer with Arachnophobia understand that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!
Symptoms of Arachnophobia
The symptoms of Arachnophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Inability to Relax
- An Impending Sense of Dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Arachnophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
Arachnophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Arachnophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Arachnophobia will find a course of Psychotherapy helps enormously.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Treatment for Arachnophobia
TranceForm is able to offer two distinct forms of Psychotherapy for treating Arachnophobia, “Directive” therapy and “Psychodynamic” therapy. The main difference between these two Therapeutic models lies in the way they approach the problem.
Directive Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tend to regard the symptoms of Arachnophobia as existing very much in the present moment and consider that the past experiences of the sufferer should largely be disregarded as playing little part in the problem today. These types of therapy place a low emphasis on the dynamic processes that exist between the Therapist and the Client and see the methodology itself as being the main solution.
Psycho-Dynamic Therapies such as Psychoanalysis and Schema Therapy are fundamentally different to the Directive approaches as they consider that events and influences experienced in the earlier formative lives of the person can cause, or at least “pre-dispose”, a person to suffer in a specific way in later life. The aim of psycho-dynamic therapy is to help a person to understand and resolve these causative issues following the doctrine of “cause and effect”. In these types of Therapy, the relationship between the therapist and client is considered as an important factor in the solution to the problems.
You can read more about Psychodynamic Therapy V Directive Therapy approaches here.
FREE Initial Consultations for Arachnophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Arachnophobia.
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 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.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
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The Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme is a ‘state-of-the-art’ approach to overcoming mental health problems that is grounded in proven CBT principles and based on the subjective nature of reality.
Priced at £695 for 10 sessions, or £80 on a session-by-session basis (cash only please).