I have been offering phobia cures in Leeds for over a decade and have literally seen thousands of clients with all kinds of phobias. In 2006 I was invited to BBC Radio Leeds for 26 consecutive weeks to talk about this work.
I use my own PCW model to work with a wide range of phobias including public speaking anxiety, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, snake phobias among many other issues. Most clients only need a couple of sessions to notice significant changes in how they think and feel. The key is to work in a really precise way to change the whole thinking – feeling – resultant behaviour. My own experience is that general relaxation and/or analyzing past events is not that helpful in resolving phobias. The problem with analyzing past events is that often this simply reinforces the problem by reminding the client of how they are feeling.
A phobia has been described as
“An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”
This is very different to “anxiety” which is not as extreme in nature. For example a person may feel anxious about getting on an airplane, but will still make the trip. Someone with a flying phobia will have such an extreme reaction that they simply won’t get on the plane for any amount of incentive!
The key to helping clients in a time effective manner is to work with precision and in a conversational manner. Every client also receives a CD of the session and is then able to listen back from a “third position” and practice the exercises. This means every client is able to get the very best from the session time. I have lost count of the number of clients who have received hours of therapy but don’t really recall what happened in the actual session.
One of the best tools for helping cure phobias is the voice tempo exercise that I created over a decade ago and which is referenced in Steve Andreas’s “Transforming Negative Self Talk” book, which is an excellent read.
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