Phobia Therapy

When phobias are treated with phobia therapy, medication, education, or a combination of methods, most people experience a reduction in their symptoms. The goal is to gain control over the phobia and lessen associated anxiety.

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Purpose of Therapy for Phobias

Phobias are very common. Some people have a slight aversion to something that makes them uncomfortable while others have full-blown phobias that affect their daily life. People can successfully overcome their fear with therapy for phobias. There are qualified specialists who are familiar with phobias and know how to provide help. Therapists offer encouragement and support as the patient works through any upsetting ideas or emotions associated with the phobia.

In therapy, patients learn how to make positive changes while gaining a full understanding of how the phobia developed. It is also useful to work through prior trauma and concentrate on altering your mindset and actions. Psychological treatment and anti-anxiety medication reduce symptoms and can offer the patient a successful outcome.

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Types of phobias we treat

Social phobias therapy

Social phobias

A social phobia is a social anxiety disorder where the person is fearful of receiving attention or judgment from others. Many people feel a bit shy in social situations but having a social phobia is experiencing intense anxiety or panic.

Thanatophobia therapy


Thanatophobia is a serious fear of dying or death. While occasionally experiencing fear of death is normal, thanatophobia is an anxiety disorder that can have a negative impact on many facets in one’s life.

Atychiphobia therapy


Atychiphobia is an extreme dread and fear of failure. It causes people to procrastinate and avoid endeavors or situations that could end badly. A person with this phobia is afraid to try new things and take calculated risks.

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Other phobias

Phobias come in all shapes and sizes but they generally all into these categories: fears related to animals, natural phenomena and environment, blood and physical trauma, specific situations like being in an elevator, flying, or drowning.

Your Local Psychiatrist advantages and experience in offline & online therapy for phobias

There are treatment options available, including online counseling, which can ease the burden of coping with complicated phobias. The Your Local Psychiatrist NYC team provides online therapy for phobias that includes psychological treatments to teach coping skills and adjust negative thoughts and behaviors. Medication may also be included and monitoring thereof can be facilitated through online sessions.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Phobias treatment methodology

As unusual as some phobias may seem, they are very real to the person experiencing them. Therapists can provide various treatment options for those experiencing difficulty breathing or other symptoms. 

The best therapy for phobias includes cognitive-behavioral therapy to identify fears and disassociate them from negative outcomes. Exposure therapy is also popular where, over time, the person is safely exposed to the object or situation they intensely fear. Through repeated exposure, the person starts to feel more in control of their reactions.

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FAQs about phobia therapy

Are phobias dangerous?

People experience intense distress when faced with the source of their phobia. This can prevent normal functioning , leads to panic attacks, and strong emotional reactions that can release harmful amounts of chemicals in the body like adrenaline.

Are there any risks in having phobia therapies?

Phobias are successfully treated through different types of therapies. There may be adverse reactions to any prescribed medication, but the doctor will carefully monitor the dosage, efficacy, and side effects.

What is the first step to treating phobia?

Speak to your primary care physician who can offer a referral to a specialist or seek out a mental health professional to get an assessment. A treatment plan will be developed based on the evaluation.

How long does it take to achieve results from phobia therapies?

While many therapists offer an intense session for a number of hours, full recovery is more successful and permanent after several weeks or months of therapy practices. The duration of treatment depends on the complexity and severity of the phobia.

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