Phobias are anxiety disorders that present with persistent and irrational fears of an object or situation. Phobias sometimes seem to develop ‘out of nowhere,’ but usually are the result of an increase in generalized anxiety. They can be dehabilitating, limiting and life-changing if they are not treated.
Counselling and Psychotherapy, particularly Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), can provide remarkable change in the area of fears and phobias. Phobia therapists at KMA have vast experience in the area of treating fears and phobias. Aims and objectives for treatment in psychotherapy include identifying irrational fears and thought patterns related to the phobia, identifying negative and irrational behaviours related to the phobia, small and incremental exposure to the feared object, and making lasting changes in the thoughts and behaviours that accompany the fear.
Psychotherapy and Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 30 minute consultation with our director, Kimberly Moffit, or one of our intake counsellors. In these thirty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed to assist your phobia. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality
We believe the consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended phobia counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 30-minute consultations is $120 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
After the consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished.
Bourne, E.J. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, (2007).