Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment
Phone: 973.734.0780

Fears and Phobias

By definition a phobia is a fear that goes beyond a sense of reason. Individuals may know that their fear is unrealistic or that others in the same situation do not experience the same dread, but this does little to quell the intensity of their emotions.

The secret to overcoming phobias is to experience the fearful situation in new ways that preserve calm while building coping strategies and confidence. There are two well-researched methods to achieve this: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR have both been shown to be effective in helping people to overcome their fears and face situations that have previously caused great distress.

Some common phobias include:

  • Public Speaking
  • Agoraphobia – fear of public places
  • Enclosed Spaces
  • Bridges
  • Air travel
  • Animals
  • Heights
  • Water

The Institute for Change therapists have extensive training and experience in the treatment of phobias. Please give us a call at (973) 734-0780 to discuss your situation and to learn how we can help.