Specific Phobias are fears about certain circumstances or stimuli. People can have phobic fears about any topic, but phobias often occur in relation to:
- Natural disasters
- Enclosed spaces
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.
TREATMENT FOR SPECIFIC PHOBIAS
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.
INTERESTED IN TREATMENT FOR SPECIFIC PHOBIAS?
Are you or a loved one struggling with a Phobia and looking for help? Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind use 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 we provide here.
The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers
therapy in several states and internationally.
Learn more about where the staff practices, below.
The Center for the Obsessive Mind’s staff therapists offer online treatment for Specific Phobias throughout California. Our Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego. Whether you’re in Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills or Dana Point, the Center’s staff can support you in your recovery.
Staff members at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer therapy for Specific Phobias in the state of Utah. Since we offer online treatment, we work 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.
Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also offer treatment for Specific Phobias online in Florida. We see people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, we can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.
Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also practice teletherapy in Nevada. So if you’re seeking help in Glenbrook, Incline Village, Reno or Las Vegas, we offer specialized treatment for Specific Phobias online across the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to all of the locations previously listed, the staff at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer teletherapy for Specific Phobias to a number of countries internationally.
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment can determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. Reach out here to learn more. Check out this article from the American Psychological Association or read this article that our Director, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, contributed to.
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