A phobia is a reaction of feelings of anxiety and fear to a specific situation or object. This can be an extreme fear of birds or crowds for example. Phobias often start in childhood although this is not a rule. There is often no obvious rationale as to why the phobia started in the first place, which can make it difficult to understand for the sufferer and also more difficult to ask for help. Some people may be worried that others will not understand their phobia or may make fun of them.

There are many, many different forms of phobias, below is a brief list of some of the more common phobias:

  • Spider phobia
  • Vomit phobia
  • Needle phobia
  • Social phobia
  • Flying phobia
  • Swallowing of tablet phobia

For someone suffering from a phobia their reactions may seem similar to those suffering from a panic attack with symptoms that may include:

Psychological symptoms


  • Feeling anxious and worried

  • Feeling out of control

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Feelings of helplessness

  • Feeling tense

  • ​Intrusive or unwanted thoughts

Physical symptoms


  • Sweating

  • Heart palpitations

  • Shaking

  • Hyperventalating

  • Nauseau

  • ​Muscle tension

Counselling can play an important part in overcoming any phobias, it can be significantly useful to help explore why we may have developed the particular phobia and when this occurred. Counselling can also help us to learn new skills to help deal with situations where we may be faced with not we fear the most.


One of the most important aspects of counselling when helping to overcome phobias is that the counsellor provides a safe environment, the counselling room, where the topic can be discussed in a contained and safey.


If you would like to know how counselling can help please feel free to call me in confidence on 01189 680 900.