There are two types of phobias, specific phobias and non-specific phobias.
Specific phobias are generally characterised by a sudden and often uncontrollable reaction to seeing or being near to something. The all time classic phobia is arachnophobia or a fear of spiders, closely followed by dogs, birds and other animals.
A non-specific phobia is generally linked to an idea, often centred on a reaction. To take spiders as an example, a non-specific phobia of spiders might include checking under furniture, closing windows, avoiding places or worrying about meeting a spider many times a day. The level of fear is just as real and can create a feeling of high anxiety and constant watchfulness.
We are able to treat both types of phobia effectively and you will be pleased to know that 'facing your fears’ is not required at all.
For specific phobias, we use a very effective Nero Linguistic Programming technique called ‘Rewind’. This typically takes 3 sessions. This technique is tried and tested with a very high success rate.
Non-specific phobias typically take longer to resolve. As the person, suffering from such a phobia, has generally built up significant levels of anxiety. We would therefore treat the anxiety first and then, if necessary, deal with any remaining phobia using the Rewind method described above, although when the anxiety has gone the phobia often resolves itself. We would typically expect to see a client for 8 to 12 sessions, as with all of our therapy, success and the speed at which we can work also depends on the commitment of our clients to the process.