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What are common phobias?

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Elena Touroni, a private psychologist based in Chelsea, talks about a few of the most common phobias and then explains why they can happen and how they take hold. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

There’s a whole range of phobias. They tend to manifest themselves in a fear of very particular situation or object. So, spider phobia is a very common phobia, needle phobia, vomit phobia. Maybe a phobia of open spaces, there might be a phobia of crowded places, a phobia of traveling, a phobia of airplanes. Gosh, what else? Phobia of holes, a phobia of a whole range of different animals, insects or mice. Basically, a lot of the time, a phobia is very much how somebody might have developed a way of experiencing a particular stimulus as an extremely overwhelming experience in a way that’s very difficult to rationalise. And as a result, they have developed very sophisticated ways to avoid that particular object or a situation which over time reinforce an anxiety cycle. Because the more one avoids situations that are anxiety-provoking, the less they learn how to develop skills to manage those anxieties effectively.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.