Fear of needles, also known as Blood-Injury-Injection Phobia (BII)
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.
Luckily, effective treatment is available. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help us reengage with these situations and teach us specific skills and strategies to cope with the anxiety.
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
Extra Session: If fainting is an issue (such as fainting at the sight of blood or injury), an extra session will be required to teach the applied tension technique.
Post-programme assessment: Check-in, follow up, questionnaires