Combining the best evidence-based cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques with cutting edge virtual reality experiences
Sydney Phobia Clinic is Sydney's premier private clinic for the psychological treatment of specific phobias. It is the corner-stone clinic of the International Phobia Association which seeks to be the authority in phobia treatment. With structured programmes designed and delivered by clinically-trained psychologists, in addition to numerous other specifically developed or sourced resources, Sydney Phobia Clinic is able to offer clients the very best in clinical treatment.
Pre-programme assessment: Phone or Skype assessment with a clinical psychologist.
Session 1: Psychoeducation, physical management strategies
Session 2: Review, cognitive therapy strategies
Session 3: Behavioural strategies and hierarchy development
Session 4: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Session 5: In-session exposure and skills practice
Post-programme assessment: Check-in, follow up, questionnaires
By the end of the 5 sessions you will have all the skills you need to effectively manage your anxiety, and plenty of practice under your belt.
Get in touch with us to get started, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to enquire whether our services are right for you.
Medicare rebates are available with a mental health plan from your GP.
S516, 155 King Street.
Popular Phobia Programmes
People suffering from animal phobias will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations where they might encounter the kind of animal/s they fear. This avoidance will frequently impact on the person's personal life by avoiding tasks such as walking down to the shops, going out with friends, or even visiting loved ones that own feared animals as pets. The person may experience extreme anxiety or panic in the presence of these animals and may actually put themselves in serious danger in their efforts to escape. The most common animal phobias we see are dogs, birds, snakes, and insects but we are able to treat any animal phobia.
FEAR OF HEIGHTS
Fear of heights, or Acrophobia, is an intense or irrational fear of high places and/or falling. People suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations involving heights. This avoidance will frequently impact on the person's professional and personal life by avoiding tall buildings, elevators, bridges, and sometimes even airplanes.
Fear of enclosed spaces, or claustrophobia, is an intense or irrational fear of small spaces or the possibility of having no escape from an enclosed space. People suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations involving small rooms, spaces, or elevators. This avoidance will frequently impact on the person's professional and personal life by avoiding taking elevators, going into a basement or small office, taking public transport, and sometimes even medical procedures such as MRI or CT scans.
BLOOD AND NEEDLE PHOBIAS (BII)
These medical-type phobias, often called Blood-Injury-Injection phobias, can include all medical procedures, or be specific to blood-related situations, dental visits, or needles.
A fear of needles is a condition marked by intense anxiety around procedures involved hypodermic needles and syringes. Often, the person suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations involving needles. This avoidance can lead to negative health outcomes if left untreated and can also impact an individual's life by causing delay or distress related to life choices like travel or parenthood.
FEAR OF FLYING
A fear of flying causes significant impairment as flying becomes more common for work and family. People suffering from aviophobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations where they might need to take an airplane or helicopter. Although the fear can be localised to flying itself, it is frequently seen in combination with acrophobia (fear of heights), and/or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces). Aviophobia often impacts on the person's personal and professional life, as they will tend to avoid situations such as traveling overseas with family or friends, or taking time-consuming travel alternatives for business trips. Luckily, treatment is available. Run in partnership with Flight Experience Sydney, we combine pilot education and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the most effective treatment for specific phobias.
PUBLIC SPEAKING ANXIETY
Problematic anxiety symptoms in public speaking and/or presenting situations can disrupt an individual's ability to perform. People with intense fears around public speaking will go to great lengths to avoid presenting or even speaking in formal meetings. This can cause unnecessary anxiety in the workplace particularly and can even interfere with career progression. Public speaking programmes are run on a one-on-one basis, corresponding to Sydney Phobia Clinic's 5-session model. For corporate teams, this content may be delivered in a 3-hour workshop format or otherwise depending on the team's needs.
We offer a manualised treatment for all the common phobias and the not-so-common phobias as well! If you are unsure of whether we may be able to help you, please contact us on (02)8540 8739 or firstname.lastname@example.org or outline your query below and one of our psychologists will get back to you.