Specific phobias are very common, with 8% of the population having a diagnosable specific phobia. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined as a marked and persistent fear that is excessive and unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation.

These specific objects and situations might include:

  • Flying
  • Driving
  • Heights
  • Weather conditions
  • Animals/Insects
  • Injections
  • Blood
  • Vomiting
  • Choking
  • Giving birth

(This is not an exhaustive list)


A marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation.

Exposure to the feared object or situation almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed panic attack.

The anxiety is out of proportion to the actual threat or danger the situation or object poses, after taking into account all the factors of the environment and situation.

The feared object or situation is avoided or else endured with intense anxiety or distress.

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE) recommend the following psychological therapies for the highest success rate in treating Phobias.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological sensations. The cognitive facet assumes that the meaning one gives to an event or object is important and if you can change the unhelpful interpretation or perception you can change the feeling (fear) associated with it. The behavioural facet assumes changing what you do is often a powerful way of testing your beliefs about the phobic object or situation, which can improve affect and reduce the fear.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based therapy for phobias. Our highly qualified associates are accredited in the most successful therapies, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe medication on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood and delivering the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

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