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What are the long term implications of phobias?

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Catherine Atnas, London based private psychologist, talks about the different ways that phobias can affect people’s daily lives, from severely inhibiting social phobia to more easily managed situations. The 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 https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

Video Transcription

Phobias can, again, restrict what you feel able to do and have a real impact on your day-to-day life. Depending on what that phobia is, if it’s something that’s very common in the place where you live, for example, let’s say you have a social phobia. We all have to, from time to time, go out into the world, and if we have a very strong phobia of social situation or meeting new people, then we might start to really avoid those situations, which can really restrict our lifestyle. If it’s a phobia of something that you don’t really need to do that often, so if you’re someone that doesn’t tend to travel very much and you’re quite frightened of flying, then it doesn’t necessarily have that much of an impact on your life.

Dr Catherine Atnas

Dr Catherine Atnas

19 June 2022

"Dr Catherine Atnas is a Clinical Psychologist with considerable experience working in primary and secondary care settings, as well as working within acute mental health settings within the NHS."

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Dr Elena Touroni

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.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.