Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is evidenced as the treatment of first choice for phobias. CBT phobia treatment protocols are well researched, and effective procedures exist for short term phobia therapy.
Most of us are scared of something. Some of us are especially scared of certain things. This might not be a particular problem until we are forced to face these feared scenarios or objects. For example, a patient may have a strong phobia about sharks but never have had to face this fear. But an upcoming holiday which might involve swimming in the sea could inflame the anxiety and cause the sufferer to seek treatment.
Most people with phobias don't present for cognitive behavioural treatment, as the phobia doesn’t overly damage their lives. However, some people’s fears are so strong that their lives are greatly hindered, or perhaps the things they fear might be unavoidable. For example, somebody with a fear of dogs or birds would find it hard to avoid them completely.
Fortunately, phobias respond extremely well to cognitive behavioural therapy. More specifically, we use a behavioural form of CBT where we gradually learn to cope with the feared object.
Unfortunately, treatment for phobias can be difficult to organise, as ideally the treatment should involve getting used to the feared object or situations. These objects or situations might not be easy to replicate or work with within the Ändern Centre. For example, if the feared situation is flying, it is not possible to limit treatment to the consulting room. In such situations, careful discussion is needed to create an appropriate treatment plan.