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Carole Stilwell
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Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy
Certified Transactional Analyst
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Phobia Counselling in East Sussex

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is an intense fear of a situation or an object that wouldn't normally worry other people (unless they, too, suffered from the same phobia). It severely restricts your life, and you may even attempt to avoid whatever triggers it, sometimes taking extreme measures.

Some clients in East Sussex can trace their phobia back to their childhood and to a certain frightening event, which may have caused a panic attack at the time. But it's not always so clear to someone where their phobia comes from.

Phobias are a learnt response

That means that if someone had a strong, powerful or overwhelming experience their brain makes a connection between that experience and what they were doing at the time, this becomes the trigger.

So that the next time that person thinks about the trigger or is exposed to the trigger their brain automatically recalls the experience or emotional response from the last time they thought about the trigger or were exposed to it.

Treatment of Phobias in East Sussex

The symptoms of phobias are very similar to anxiety and panic attacks and create very real, physical symptoms. Counselling and psychotherapy in East Sussex can be a very effective treatment for phobias, sometimes tracing the triggers back to childhood events. Talking to a therapist in East Sussex can help you identify the causes of your phobia as well as helping with coping strategies and desensitisation.
“I believe that everyone deserves and can achieve happiness in their lives”

Counselling and psychotherapy helps people with a wide variety of problems, including:

Depression
Anxiety and stress
Phobias
Bereavement and Loss
Low Self Esteem
Childhood Issues
Relationship Problems
Sexual Problems
Eating Disorders
Relationship Breakup/Divorce
Redundancy/Retirement
Personal Development
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