There are different different types of phobia listed in DSM IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994): agoraphobia, social phobia and specific phobia. Within the specific phobia category there are five subtypes of phobic anxiety: animal phobias, situational phobias, blood injection injury types, natural environment type and other type. Animal phobia usually has a childhood onset. Individuals who suffer from animal phobia can normally lead a normal life, but in some instances, a person might develop extreme avoidance and safety behaviours, and in these cases, it is helpful to seek psychotherapeutic support.
These are some examples of safety/avoidance behaviours:
1 Not being able to read a newspaper because of an uncontrollable fear that you might come across a cat on one of the pages.
2 Not being able to go on holiday abroad because of fear of seeing a large spider in the wild.
3 Screaming out loud and asking your boyfriend to check every room of the hotel for ants before you can go in.
If these scenarios sound familiar, it might be helpful for you o seek help now. The approach that David Kraft uses combines behaviour techniques with hypnosis. He will use systematic desensitization in order gradually and efficiently to reduce anticipatory anxiety to your feared object. The hypnosis will intensify you feelings of well being and control throughout the process.
David Kraft is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a full member of BSCAH. He runs a successful practice in Harley Street, London. To book a session, please ring 0207 467 8564.
London Hypnotherapy UK is the specialist partner of London Psychotherapy.
Offices and consulting rooms ar based at 10 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF