If you look in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders you"ll see five categories of common phobias:
Situational. Fear of flying (aviophobia), fear of crossing bridges (gesphysrophobia), fear of driving, fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
Animal. Fear of dogs (cynophobia), fear of snakes (ophidiophobia), fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of bees (apiphobia)
Natural Environment. fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of the dark (achluophobia), fear of water (hydrophobia).
Blood/Injection/Injury. Fear of injury (traumatophobia), fear of injections (trypanophobia), fear of blood (hematophobia), fear of vomiting (emetophobia)
Phobias can be frustrating at best and severely disruptive at worst. You might know, in theory, your fear is irrational. That doesn"t make the fear any less real or destructive.
You can"t think or rationalize your way out of a phobia. But we can help you overcome it with Exposure Response Prevention Therapy. We use evidenced-based techniques to help you change your relationship with your phobia and build new behaviors. By going toward your fear without avoidance, you will gain confidence necessary to live fully without fear.
Available Programs for Specific Phobia
At NW Anxiety Institute, we offer several programs for Specific Phobia based on your needs:
Meet with a highly-skilled therapist trained in Exposure Response Prevention. We"ll primarily meet in our office, but depending on the phobia, we will collaborate on determining the best place for the exposures.
The Adult Anxiety Group is open to anyone 18 or older struggling with anxiety. Meet with others facing similar challenges, gain support from your peers, and share your experiences. Similarly, the Teen Anxiety Group offers a safe environment for teens between the ages of 12 - 17 to meet, connect, and support one another.
We offer a unique, intensive outpatient program (IOP) for quicker results in a focused setting. Experience daily therapy sessions (individual, group, and skills-based, family) over a minimum three-week timespan without the distractions of everyday life.