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Can Therapy Help With Childhood Phobias?

What is a phobia?


It is normal to be afraid of things. Still, a phobia is when a fear becomes so severe that it interferes with someone’s daily life, causing them to avoid certain situations or interact with people because they have developed an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger in relation to that fear. Not all phobias can be explained, but many of them may have stemmed from traumatic, frightening, or stressful events. Because phobias are a type of anxiety disorder, research suggests that an individual’s genetics may impact their development of a phobia as they may have the tendency to be more anxious than the majority of people.

Symptoms can occur when faced with this phobia and in severe cases, even when that phobia is discussed.


Are There Physical Symptoms Of Phobias?


Physical symptoms can be very much like experiencing a panic attack;

  • Hot/cold flushes
  • Hyperventilating/shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations/tightened chest
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea etc…

Everyone is different so that symptoms may vary from person to person.

The beliefs more often surround the psychological symptoms of phobias and thoughts that the individual has regarding that fear, spiralling out of control. Becoming fearful of death, feeling confused, unfocused and distressed, unable to control themselves or feeling panic. as a result of the extreme stress, they may dissociate, which is a common coping mechanism for stressful situations.


How Can Therapy Help With Childhood Phobias


Therapy provides a controlled and safe setting, with an entire session dedicated to discussing this subject. The therapist may employ cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist the client in obtaining a new perspective or understanding of their phobia. This can help an individual view and feel differently about their phobia. Furthermore, therapy is an excellent place to discuss where this fear may have originated, and if it does stem from a previous stressful event, talking about that experience alone can help them acquire a better understanding of their phobia and determine its actual level of risk or absence thereof.


Learn More About Exposure Therapy


In exposure therapy, the therapist will progressively introduce the individual to this fear in the hopes that it will cause a minimal level of anxiety that the patient can eventually learn to manage. Starting with something simple, such as talking about the object or situation, looking at a picture, or visualising a scenario and gradually moving on to something slightly bigger.

These are two very common and effective types of child therapy used to help with childhood phobia. However, the great thing about seeing a therapist is that their training and experience enables them to evaluate the situation and determine whether you would benefit more from additional support, a different type of treatment or a referral to a health professional who can support you best.

If you would like to take the first step towards getting private child therapy and help for your childhood phobia, please call us on 0115 648 7912, and our team will guide and support you.

Our family and child therapists are listed under “Our Counsellors,” which you can also browse through. But don’t worry. All you really need to do is get in touch with us, and our team will help you navigate all of that.

Written by Eva Domingos, a counsellor at My Solution Well-being. 



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By MSWB Team on 29/02/2024 in Wellbeing

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