Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
Claustrophobia, public speaking, fear of driving, driving anxiety, agoraphobia, dentist fear and anxiety Knebworth and Hatfield
Managing Phobias and Irrational Fears
Treatment and Help for Overcoming Your Anxiety and Fear
Almost everyone has an irrational fear or two-of spiders, for example, or going to the dentist. For most people, these fears are minor.
But when fears become so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with your normal life, they’re called phobias. The good news is that at the Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre we have 20 years experience in helping people to overcome fears and phobias they experience.
Common Fears and Phobias
If you have a phobia, you probably realise that your fear is irrational, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.
However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood, but they can also develop in adults.
The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it-inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle. If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a lucrative job offer if you have to take the lift to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra 20 miles in order to avoid a tall bridge.
Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. (Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy!) It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable.
You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels.
Contact Paul anytime if you wish to discuss any aspect of the therapy we provide.
I came to see Paul to help with my claustrophobia, which had worsened in recent years.
The sessions were so helpful. I learnt some invaluable tools to help me overcome my fears. I would highly recommend Paul, he was always professional, kind and challenged me to think differently.
I have recently been able to face my biggest fear and go in a lift, which I would not have been able to do before the sessions.
Overcoming my claustrophobia completely will be an ongoing process but I feel the sessions have given me a great foundation, and have changed the way I approach situations which I would have once found unbearable. Thank you for all of your help and support. K.V. Stevenage.
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is fear of social situations where you may be embarrassed or judged.
If you have social phobia, then you may be excessively self-conscious and afraid of humiliating yourself in front of others. Your anxiety over how you will look and what others will think may lead you to avoid certain social situations you’d otherwise enjoy.
Fear of public speaking is an common phobia-is a type of social phobia. Other fears associated with social phobia include fear of eating or drinking in public, talking to strangers, taking exams, mingling at a party, and being called on in class.
For example, you are likely to avoid crowded places such as shopping centres and cinemas. You may also avoid cars, airplanes, underground stations, and other forms of travel. In more severe cases, you might only feel safe at home.
If you suffer with a fear or phobia we CAN help
Paul Allenby has extensive experience in helping people manage fears, phobias as well as anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder since 1997 and has gained a wealth of experience in helping people in this area.
The combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and exposure therapy can make a real difference to how you respond to situations.
Check over the pages on this website to see how our private therapy sessions can help you.
Traditionally thought to involve a fear of public places and open spaces, it is now believed that agoraphobia develops as a complication of panic attacks.
Afraid of having another panic attack, you become anxious about being in situations where escape would be difficult or embarrassing, or where help wouldn't be immediately available.
Alexander House, Mindenhall Court
Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council
Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
Tel: 07584 492254
Therapy for fears and phobias
Main types of fears and phobia's include:
Fear of insects of animals - such as spiders, snakes, birds, dogs etc
Fear of being taken away from a safe place - This could mean driving, leaving the house, travelling by bus, train, plane, car, losing your keys that unlock your house, a method of transport breaking down outside of your safe zone.
Fear of being trapped and confined - This phobia often goes together with the phobia above. examples include, meetings, cinemas, Lifts, theme park rides, trains that break down.
Social Fears - Meeting new people, socialising, public speaking, eating in front of others
Fears of Natural Phenomena - Thunder and lightning, storms, water, heights or darkness, the sky
Fears of Health and Illness - Vomiting, hospitals, needles, seeing blood or worry of serious illness
Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational fear of having no escape or being closed-in. It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by certain stimuli or situations, such as being in a crowded elevator, a small room without any windows, or being in an airplane.