Phobias Specialist

Thriving Mind Psychology -  - Psychologist

Thriving Mind Psychology

Psychologists located in Midtown, New York, NY

Phobias — extreme fear or irrational reactions — can make you panic or overly stressed when you’re exposed to a particular object, place, or situation. Because most phobias are connected to something specific, the highly skilled team at Thriving Mind Psychology in Midtown Manhattan can help you get to the root of your phobia and learn to cope. Get started on your innovative phobia treatment plan by booking an appointment online or calling the office directly.

Phobias Q & A

What are phobias? 

Having a phobia means that you have a deep fear or dread and may respond entirely irrationally. It’s common to panic when you’re exposed to the feared place, object, or situation. While you can certainly have any kind of phobia, some of the most well-known phobias include:

  • Fear of open spaces or places in which you can’t escape (agoraphobia)
  • Medical or dental treatments (like hemophobia or dentophobia)
  • Animal or insect bites (like arachnophobia)
  • Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) 
  • Confined spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Public speaking (glossophobia) 
  • Heights (acrophobia)
  • Flying (aviophobia)
  • Bridges
  • Driving

Phobias can be debilitating and make you become withdrawn, so it’s important to understand the symptoms and seek mental health attention if you struggle with a phobia.

When should I get help for phobias?

The top-rated therapists and psychologists at Thriving Mind Psychology encourage you to come in for a phobia evaluation if you experience any of the following symptoms when exposed to your phobia:

  • Fast talking
  • Upset stomach
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Inability to speak 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Chest tightness or pain

These types of symptoms can affect your work, make you avoid enjoyable activities and hobbies, and even negatively affect your family and home life. Thriving Mind Psychology can help you, no matter how minor or complex your phobia issues are. 

How are phobias treated?  

Thriving Mind Psychology specializes in innovative phobia treatments that are known to be effective. The practice’s practitioners create custom virtual reality exposure therapy videos that are entirely tailored to you. 

This state-of-the-art phobia treatment involves using videos made in-house to simulate highly realistic situations in a controlled setting. Your provider carefully tracks your physiological factors, including heart rate, to gradually desensitize you to the feared place, object, or situation.

Treating phobias can also include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Neurofeedback (electroencephalographic or EEG biofeedback)

Thriving Mind Psychology specializes in helping men and women recover from the most complex and debilitating types of phobias. You can feel confident that you’re in entirely capable hands. 

Book your phobia evaluation at Thriving Mind Psychology by clicking the online scheduler. You can also call the clinic to speak with a team member.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how Virtual Reality Therapy can assist with Phobias.