Phobia therapy. What is that? How does it work? Will it work for me?
People ask many questions and have a great deal of preconceptions about how to let go of fears and phobias.
I wanted to share a no-nonsense approach to answering what phobia therapy is and how it works.
As a disclaimer, this blog is of course my own opinions based on my training, my research and my practice working with clients and does not extend to all therapists and practitioners offering phobia treatment.
How does a phobia work?
A phobic response is designed to keep you safe. If the unconscious has a voice it would be saying "I will never let you be harmed by this again." Unfortunately it acts like a sensitive smoke detector, and sets off a full scale alarm at the faintest whiff of burnt toast.
The panic that results leads to difficult or embarrassing behaviour as well as feelings that are powerful and unpleasant.
It works when the mind associates...