HELP! I THINK I HAVE A PHOBIA! Phobias, Fears and How to Treat Them.
- What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?
- How does having a phobia affect a person?
- What are some signs of a phobia?
- How can phobias be treated?
With careful planning and implementation, the individual epxeriencing a phobia can overcome that phobia through systematic exposure therapy.
A caring, competent CBT based therapist can help the client with Social Phobia to identify and confront these distorted thoughts and cognitive demands. They can teach the client to see these thoughts as 'theories about reality' and not necessarily reality itself. The client can then increase their behavioral experimentation, allowing themselves to be in mildly uncomfortable and then more socially uncomfortable situations, increasing their comfort level and challenging their own erroneous thinking.
As clients dis-identify with their distorted thoughts about possible and impossible, acceptable and unacceptable, they move beyond their previous emotional and behavioral limitations to explore new possibilities for life.
Through methodical planning and careful exposure, patients with phobias can and DO GET BETTER!