A specific phobia is a fear of a particular object or place that poses little or no actual danger to the person and is viewed by them as ‘irrational’. People who have a phobia try to avoid the object or place that they are afraid of; if they encounter it they feel extremely anxious and panicky and want to escape.

Common specific phobias that we can help with are:

  • fears of particular animals
  • fear of driving or flying
  • fear of public transport
  • fear of being in confined places such as lifts
  • blood or injection phobias
    fear of open spaces

You can learn about your fear and develop coping mechanisms with the aid of therapy or counselling. You may not have been aware of the causes of your anxieties, but it can help you comprehend and accept them.  You can improve your emotional and behavioural responses to situations and emotions by using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).