Phobias are a group of anxiety disorders that are provoked by well-defined situations that do not present a real danger at the moment. The client perceives them as threatening and therefore avoids or takes them with fear. Just the thought of a fearful situation usually generates prior anxiety. Phobic anxiety often coexists with depression. Typical phobic disorders are:
- Agoraphobia (fear of leaving home and crowds)
- Social phobia
- Specific (isolated phobias, claustrophobia, proximity, animals, heights, etc.).
The first session assesses and prepares a plan for desensitization (incremental habituation) to the incentives that trigger a fearful situation. The treatment of phobias is well structured and gives a very high success rate.