CBT for Phobias
If you suffer from an intense fear or dread regarding certain situations or things, you may be suffering from a phobia. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a particularly effective treatment for people wishing to deal with phobias.
How Does CBT Help With Phobias?
CBT Therapy is a talking therapy that shows how certain patterns and cycles of thinking and behaviour can have a detrimental affect on our healthy functioning. Through a process of enquiry, psychoeducation and written exercises, a CBT therapist will help you understand what types of thinking and behaviour patterns you may be engaging in, that facilitate or exacerbate the phobia. Then through a series of further exercises and experimentation, your cognitive behavioural therapist will help you discover a new perspective and more effective strategies that enable you to reduce, manage and/or completely remove the phobia and related fears from you life.
A CBT therapist can also help you explore certain behaviours which facilitate and exacerbate the phobia. For example, many people with phobias go out of their way to avoid exposure to the things they fear, and exposure therapy can form part of the behavioural component of treatment. This can involve exercises of gradual exposure to the trigger, increasing over time, so eventually it doesn’t trigger a panic reaction anymore.
CBT therapy for phobias is most effective if you are able to actively engage in undertaking homework assignments. These might include keeping a journal, completing a thought record exercise or testing out a new behavioural strategy.
What Can I Expect to Experience During CBT Therapy?
During and following a successful course of CBT therapy for phobias, you could expect to experience some of the following:
- Discovering new information and perspectives that enables you to understand why the phobia triggers such intense fear responses in you
- Learn how particular forms of thinking and behaving keep you feeling phobic and what you can do to turn this around
- Discover how different forms of thinking and behaving can reduce the intensity of your physiological response to the phobia, calm your fears and enable you to face the situation with more confidence
- Learn how to manage or completely remove, your fear response when faced with your phobia
- Become able to engage in a previous phobia situation with confidence, unhampered by debilitating fears
How Does CBT Therapy Work?
Your therapist will work with you, to help you:
- Make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down
into small parts
- Establish achievable goals that you want from your therapy
- Develop new thinking and behaviour patterns
- Develop skills and strategies for problem solving
- End your CBT therapy sessions when you feel you’ve achieved your goals
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a phobia?
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that involves an irrational or excessive fear of a certain situation or thing. People who experience phobias can feel overwhelmed by intense fear at the mere thought of encountering the phobia trigger.
Symptoms of Phobias
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