- Do you experience extreme anxiety when confronted with a certain object or situation, such as fear of flying, animals, or public speaking?
- Do you tend to avoid these objects or situations, but wish you could overcome your anxiety?
- Have you wanted to end your phobia, but are hesitant to confront your fears?
Experiencing a phobia is a common anxiety disorder. A phobia is characterized by significant fear or anxiety about specific objects or situations. For example, some people experience a negative emotional reaction when they see snakes, dogs, bridges or blood, while others may avoid flying, driving or giving a presentation.
Often, phobias are conditioned from earlier events, such as experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Individuals often don’t recall the specific instance when the phobia developed. You may have experienced fear when you were bitten by a dog as a child and then you subsequently generalized this fear to all dogs. This process, called conditioning, is a common reason why individuals experience phobias. Additionally, over the years, your mind has generated a lot of negative associations related to the feared object or situation, which leads to avoidance. Although the avoidance may minimize your anxiety and fear, this behavior can actually exacerbate your phobia.
Experiencing a phobia can cause significant problems in your life. You may feel that your relationships, work, and home life are negatively impacted. Additionally, in the case of a public speaking fear, you may find that your career or educational goals are hindered.
Adults, adolescents, and children can be affected by phobias. Phobias commonly develop in childhood. Risk factors for developing a phobia include one’s temperament, environment, and genetics.
Fortunately, there are efficacious treatments for phobias. Psychological treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have been found to be especially effective in phobia treatment.
If you feel that your phobia is negatively impacting your life and hindering your well-being, you might consider mental health counseling and treatment. Dr. Mazzei, Health Psychologist, has worked with numerous individuals in helping them overcome their phobias. She is knowledgeable about the neurological, emotional and behavioral aspects of phobias. Dr. Mazzei specializes in CBT, ACT, and hypnosis in addition to other helpful phobia treatments. Within a nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic environment, she will help you gain insight, develop effective and long-term coping skills, and improve your overall functioning.
How do I get started?
The best place to start is by speaking to our staff, who can discuss phobia treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment with Dr. Mazzei. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or contact us today.
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Evolutions Behavioral Health is conveniently located at 3120 N. Arizona Avenue, Suite 103, Chandler, AZ, 85225. You can reach us at (480) 448-6755.