Specific Phobias


Specific Phobias are fears about certain circumstances or stimuli. People can have phobic fears about any topic, but phobias often occur in relation to:

  • Animals
  • Needles
  • Natural disasters
  • Airplanes
  • Elevators
  • Enclosed spaces
  • Vomit
  • Clowns.

Of course, this list could go on and on. Someone can have a phobia about anything. So what do phobias look like? Those with phobias attempt to avoid the things they fear and almost always have anxiety in the face of their triggers. This is why Phobias are classified as anxiety disorders. For those with a Phobia, the fear or avoidance leads to distress or impairs functioning.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with a focus on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is an evidence-based treatment that can help those with Phobias to live their lives in the face of their fears. In CBT, people are taught about how their disorder works so that they know how to disrupt unhelpful patterns. People also learn to question their thoughts instead of taking them all at face value. In this process, they are taught about types of thought errors so that they can notice them and reflect on whether these thoughts need more of their focus. People then practice facing their triggers, slowly but surely, so that they can learn to make space for the thoughts and feelings that arise in the context of their anxieties. This is the process of ERP.

Lauren also incorporates Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into her work. These treatments involve accepting thoughts, feelings, urges and sensations with curiosity and acceptance toward these internal experiences. In this process, Lauren also helps people to consider their values so that their actions reflect the qualities they aspire to rather than their anxiety.


Are you or a loved one struggling with a Phobia and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support those with Phobias. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.


Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in

several states. Learn more about where

Lauren sees Clients, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where Lauren helps people with Specific Phobias.


When she is doing work face to face, Lauren offers in person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online treatment for Specific Phobias throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where Lauren offers counseling for Specific Phobias.


Lauren provides therapy for Specific Phobias in the state of Utah. Since she offers online treatment, she works with people who live all across the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where Lauren practices psychotherapy for Specific Phobias in Florida.


Lauren also offers treatment for Specific Phobias online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.

The iconic red rock and lush greenery of Sedona, one part of Arizona where Lauren offers therapy for Specific Phobias.


Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized treatment for Specific Phobias online across the Grand Canyon State.

The lavender fields of Provence, France, one international locale where  Lauren provides counseling.


Along with her work in the United States, Lauren offers teletherapy for Specific Phobias to a number of countries internationally.

Cozy couch and computer: all you need for teletherapy and what your treatment with Lauren could look like.


Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy will meet for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.


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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information