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What are the symptoms of a phobia?

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Catherine Atnas, London based private psychologist, details the symptoms of a typical phobia, such as an extreme fear of spiders, and goes into how this can inhibit someone’s day-to-day behaviour. 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

When people are confronted by their phobic situation or object, for example, let’s say you’re very frightened of spiders, then when you’re confronted with that situation where you’ve got a spider in front of you, you might have a really sudden surge of anxiety symptoms very similar to a panic attack. And so what can happen is that over time you start to avoid going to places where you’re likely be confronted by a spider. You might even just thinking about when you start to experience those symptoms, you might try not to think about them at all. Now, what that can mean in the long term is that perhaps, depending on how strong your phobia is and how intense your fear is, you might start to avoid one more situation which you’re likely to encounter your phobia.

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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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.