Phobias

Do you have a fear that is clearly irrational yet it causes you significant distress? Do you go to great lengths to avoid this feared stimulus? If so, you may have a specific phobia. The following are some common examples of specific phobias that Dr. Shinar treats:

  • Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  • Aerophobia: Fear of flying
  • Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or crowds
  • Aichmophobia: Fear of needles or pointed objects
  • Anginophobia: Fear of angina or choking
  • Ataxophobia: Fear of disorder or untidiness
  • Atelophobia: Fear of imperfection
  • Atychiphobia: Fear of failure
  • Autophobia: Fear of being alone
  • Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
  • Dentophobia: Fear of dentists
  • Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting
  • Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking
  • Hemophobia: Fear of blood
  • Iatrophobia: Fear of doctors
  • Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  • Mysophobia: Fear of dirt and germs
  • Ornithophobia: Fear of birds
  • Pathophobia: Fear of disease
  • Sociophobia: Fear of social evaluation
  • Technophobia: Fear of technology
  • Trypanophobia: Fear of needles and injections
  • Venustraphobia: Fear of beautiful women
  • Zoophobia: Fear of animals

Dr. Shinar’s step-by-step holistic approach outlined below will reduce the intensity and frequency of your phobia symptoms within weeks, not years.  Treatment begins with a one hour consultation session to grasp an accurate diagnosis and to formulate an individual treatment plan.  We work together to understand the biology of your phobia, identify phobia triggers and then apply lifestyle changes to discuss and design your specific treatment goals.

You proceed to learn relaxation practices including diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation.  If desired, a personalized relaxation script can be made for you to take home and practice between sessions on any mobile device.  Clients begin to realize the association between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  Symptoms reduce when people start to change their negative and distorted self-dialogue to a more constructive and accurate version using successful gold-standard CBT techniques.  To prevent reoccurrence, Relapse Prevention techniques help clients learn how to apply their relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring (CBT) and healthier lifestyle long term, for years after the end of treatment.

NoteThese steps are individually tailor-made to each individual based on the severity, duration, and kind of phobia and the person's motivation to succeed. This treatment demonstrations higher success percentages with greatly motivated clients who attend treatment consistently and maintain compliance with treatment.

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