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
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.