An intense, overwhelming fear of something very specific

Phobias are very similar to panic disorder, though they are specific to a feared trigger. Common phobias include the fear of driving, fear of flying, fear of vomiting, or the fear of dogs.  

Exposure Therapy & Somatic Experiencing

I treat phobias just like panic, using a combination of exposure therapy that focuses on the bodily sensations (interoceptive symptoms) and the avoided everyday experiences.

This may include:

  • Exposures in the office (watching videos or viewing images),
  • In-session in vivo exposures (going on exposure “field trips” together),
  • Imaginal exposures (using imagery in-session to talk through a triggering experience), and
  • Exposure homework (engaging in various out-of-office exposures on your own) in between sessions.