Phobias are a specific manifestation on anxiety and are very commonplace. People maybe phobic in relation to animals, places / contexts, sex, bodily concerns for example blood and situations for example flying or dentists. Sufferers may find that their quality of life is severely affected by their phobias with them having to take avoiding actions which mean they feel upset with themselves and sad about the things they find they cannot do, for example fly to a friends wedding.
Sufferers may experience panic attacks and prolonged suffering can be associated with other conditions including depression, substance misuse etc.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a space for exploring the experience of Phobias and examine ways for managing and alleviating symptoms. We have extensive experience of working with people suffering with Phobias.