Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood brought on by a traumatic event, but they can also develop in adults. A simple or specific phobias is characterized by a excessive fear of an object or a situation, exposure which causes an anxious response, such as a panic attack. Adults with phobias recognize that their fear is excessive and extreme, but they are unable to control it. The feared object or situation is usually avoided or anticipated with dread. Phobias can limit a person’s life experiences creating great distress. Phobias and anxieties are the result of unprocessed events from the past. EMDR therapy has been proven to be effective at treating phobias and anxieties.
I use a modified EMDR therapy protocol for treating phobias. The steps we take for treating phobias with EMDR therapy is listed below.