Sydney Phobia Clinic
Sydney's premier clinic for the treatment of specific phobias

About

Simple. Practical. Intuitive.

History

Sydney Phobia Clinic was born out of the idea that Specific Phobias need a dedicated service that is able to resource exclusively for effective in-house treatment, with Virtual Reality being an exciting new way to maximise this. Sydney Phobia Clinic opened its doors in 2016 and has thrived every since, seeing over 200 clients through its doors meeting their goals. We do things differently at Sydney Phobia Clinic, by only seeing clients with Phobias, treating phobias in a brief, 5-session format, and getting out and about as a rule to ensure best-treatment is provided. We're often inside a VR head-set but sometimes we're in a flight simulator, up a tower, on a ferris wheel, at a doggy-day care centre- we aim to meet the particular needs of our clients in a practical way and are excited about what we do!

What are specific phobias?
More than a dislike or aversion to particular things, phobias are markedly excessive and irrational fears that are accompanied by specific physiological response and concern. Often, the focus of the fear will be avoided outright or else endured with dread, which serves to preserve or maintain the concerns over time. While phobias are relatively common in childhood and then outgrown, phobias may also be acquired or ‘learnt’ at any stage over the lifespan and require a particular learning approach to resolve.

How are phobias treated?
Cognitive-behaviour therapy, or CBT, is the treatment of choice for a range of mental health difficulties, from stress management, interpersonal issues, through to severe psychiatric illnesses. CBT takes a practical, goal-oriented approach to phobia treatment. The goal is to learn new coping skills, identify and change entrenched patterns of thinking or behaviour, and eventually change the feelings toward the phobic triggers.

Why Virtual Reality?
Exposure is a fundamental component of phobia treatment. However, it is often not prioritised in treatment due to barriers such as time, logistics, and in some cases avoidance due to perceived risks. Virtual reality allows us to face our fears in-house, in a safe and controlled manner. Unlike in vivo (real life) exposure therapy, virtual reality exposure treatment (VRET) is practical and easily accessible, and can be fully controlled by the individual. At Sydney Phobia Clinic, we develop our own specialised VRET programmes under the guidance of clinical psychologists and in line with cutting-edge research. For the first time, you get to be in complete control and progress at your own pace.

 

Get in touch

We know that deciding to seek help can be a tough first step and we're happy to talk you through it. Feel free to get in touch to ask any questions or to discuss booking in a programme.

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Psychologists

 
 
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Director, clinical psychologist

Corrie Ackland

Corrie is the Clinical Director and the principal Clinical Psychologist. Corrie holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Western Sydney University. She has experience across psychological presentations and has worked in the area of severe anxiety presentations and phobias for more than 5 years.

 

Education

Master of Psychology, Clinical

Bachelor of Psychology, Honours

Other Practices & Responsibilities

• Clinical Supervisor
• Clinical Psychologist at SOCAD Practice
• Clinical Psychologist for Flight Experience Global                                                       

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Clinical Psychologist (registrar

Jenna Segall

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Western Sydney University. Jenna specialises in using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and has worked individually with clients and facilitated group therapy. She has experience across psychological presentations, particularly with anxiety disorders, depression, and selective mutism.

 

Education

Master of Psychology, Clinical

Bachelor of Psychology, Honours
 

Other Practices & Responsibilities

• Psychologist at Northside Clinic

• Day program facilitator at Northside Clinic