Phobias and fears

Fear or fright is a natural reaction to something which appears to be physically threatening or dangerous. When this reaction becomes so intense that it is uncontrollable and out of all proportion to the actual danger, it can cause extreme physical and emotional reaction and panic. If this happens to you it will interfere with your enjoyment of everyday life and your ability to carry out daily tasks. This type of reaction is a phobia

There are many different types of phobia, too many to list here so I have listed a few which are most common:

  • Agoraphobia - fear of being in a crowded or public place

  • Arachnophobia - fear of spiders

  • Aviatophobia - fear of flying

  • Hydrophobia - fear of water

  • Claustrophobia - fear of enclosed spaces

  • Emetophobia -fear of being sick

  • Coporophobia -fear of passing faeces (going to the toilet)

  • Clinophobia -fear of going to bed

  • Batophobia - fear of being close to high buildings

  • Gephyrophobia -fear of crossing bridges

  • Mysophobia -fear of dirt or germs and being contaminated

  • Thanatophobia - fear of dying or death

  • Trypanophobia -fear of injections

  • Musophobia -fear of mice

  • Phallophobia -fear of erect penis

Lots of people have phobias. Some are more unusual, but any phobia is a huge burden and will cause you a lot of distress. You will probably go to great lengths to avoid the object or experience which triggers your reaction.
Although the cause of the phobia will seem obvious, phobias are really about a fear of feeling out of control; situations which make you feel out of control will trigger a phobic reaction.

Phobias can be cured. I can help you with gentle effective therapy; help you to put experiences from the past into context, allowing you to understand events with an adult perspective. Children absorb blame and accept reponsibility for bad experiences, once you begin to let this go and feel differently about yourself the symptoms of anxiety you are experiencing will begin to disappear.

Melanie was recommended to me by a friend and I felt at ease straight away as she talked me through the process of Hypno Analysis. Not every session was easy but it was definitely worth it. Over the weeks I really got to know myself better and understood why I used to feel the way I did about simple things. I felt myself getting back to my old self and gradually began going out again and getting back to ‘Normal’.

E.D. Ipswich (Emetephobia)

Melanie Collings, can help you with phobias, fears and panic attacks using gentle effective therapy in Ipswich and Wetherden near Stowmarket, Suffolk. In easy reach of: Ipswich, Woodbridge, Colchester, Wickham Market, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Lowestoft, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Martlesham, Wetherden, Elmswell, Woolpit, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds.

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I am a Level II trained practitioner in Lifespan Integration and a PICT Practitioner, (Parks Inner Child Therapy); I am trained to help people to overcome anxiety, trauma, and the ongoing effects of childhood neglect or inadequate parenting. I trained as a therapist with the International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy ; a highly successful organisation of analytical therapists established in 1985 (previously IAPH). Members of the IAEBP are bound by a code of practice and ethics and all members have satisfied the Examination Board of the Association of their knowledge and competence. I am a member of the National Counselling Society.

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Wetherden, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP13 3QY

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