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NYC Phobia Counseling

Specific Phobias

Have you noticed a fear that is irrational yet creates significant distress? Do you go to great lengths to avoid this feared stimulus? If so, it’s possible that you have a specific phobia. The following are some common examples of specific phobias Dr. Shinar treats:

  • Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  • Aerophobia: Fear of flying
  • Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or crowds
  • Aichmophobia: Fear of needles or pointed objects
  • Anginophobia: Fear of angina or choking
  • Ataxophobia: Fear of disorder or untidiness
  • Atelophobia: Fear of imperfection
  • Atychiphobia: Fear of failure
  • Autophobia: Fear of being alone
  • Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
  • Dentophobia: Fear of dentists
  • Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting
  • Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking
  • Hemophobia: Fear of blood
  • Iatrophobia: Fear of doctors
  • Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  • Mysophobia: Fear of dirt and germs
  • Ornithophobia: Fear of birds
  • Pathophobia: Fear of disease
  • Sociophobia: Fear of social evaluation
  • Technophobia: Fear of technology
  • Trypanophobia: Fear of needles and injections
  • Venustraphobia: Fear of beautiful women
  • Zoophobia: Fear of animals

A phobia is an extreme, irrational fear that causes one to go to great lengths in order to avoid confronting the object of their phobia. A phobia tends to be persistent and long-lasting. It often interferes with your relationships, schoolwork, or work performance.

How Does Dr. Shinar Treat Phobias?

Dr. Shinar has a holistic approach to treating phobias. It will take less than a year for your symptoms to go away, not years. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Shinar, where you can learn more about the biology of your phobia and try to identify triggers for when it happens. Then Dr. Shinar will design a treatment plan for you to get better as quickly as possible.

Relaxation practices taught in the office will include deep breathing, imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation. If desired, a personalized relaxation script can be made for you to practice between sessions from any mobile device.

Clients begin to recognize how they tie their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to the stimulus or situation they’re afraid of. Symptoms will gradually diminish as people stop distorting their perspective with negative self-dialogue and start adopting a more constructive view.

After years of life-long struggles, clients learn how to reapply their coping skills when the time arises.

Note: We tailor the following steps to each individual’s needs based on their level of severity, duration, and type of phobia. We also consider how motivated they are to stop feeling this fear that causes them significant distress. Clinical studies show our treatments have a higher success rate with highly motivated patients who attend treatment consistently.

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