Having an uncommon phobia is not uncommon! We have manualised programmes for the 12 most common phobias as well as a programme for more unusual phobias! Our structured programmes involve 5 sessions over 4-8 weeks. In these sessions you will learn about what happens in your brain when you experience distress and anxiety, acquire powerful skills to combat these effects, and practice the skills in the complete safety of virtual simulations.
A typical 5-session course includes 6.5 hours of psychological therapy and two sessions of either Virtual Reality or In-Situ Exposure for a total of $1,660.
Fees for psychological services may attract a rebate from Medicare. To qualify for the Medicare rebate, a Mental Health Care Plan is required from a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist. Mental Health Care Plans are valid from the day of the referral. Part of the fees may be covered by Private Health Insurance. Please check with your Health Insurer for eligibility. Medicare rebates range from $424 - $622.50 in total.
While Sydney Phobia Clinic charges less than the Australian Psychological Society's recommended rate of $238 per hour, some extras do apply and are included in the above listed total cost. Please see below for our payment policy.
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 Driving may involve a general fear of driving due to concern for an accident or may be due to fear of having a panic attack while driving, particularly when driving on high-speed roads, amongst dense traffic, over bridges, or in tunnels.
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 storms, or Astraphobia, is an intense or irrational fear of thunder, lightening, and/or other weather events. People suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid storms, especially being outside or driving in a storm, may go to great lengths to avoid seeing or hearing storms even at home and may excessively check weather forecasts and be reluctant to make plans in advance.
A fear of spiders, or arachnophobia is an intense or irrational fear of spiders and/or other arachnids. People suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations where they might encounter a spider or other arachnid. This avoidance will frequently impact on the person's personal life by avoiding tasks like hanging up or taking down washing, constantly checking for spiders in clothes, or worrying excessively about the possibility of encountering a spider. Encountering a spider by chance could lead to intense fear or even feelings of panic.
Emetophobia is an extreme and irrational fear of vomit and/or vomiting. People suffering from emetophobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid vomiting, such as limiting foods, excessively washing or checking, as well as avoiding situations where they may see others vomit- like parties or if others are unwell. The avoidance behaviours associated with emetophobia may have health implications and/or interfere with social activities and life decisions. People may not travel far from home or in some cases may delay pregnancy for fear of becoming unwell. Feelings of nausea or seeing someone being sick may lead to intense fear and/or panic attacks.
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 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.
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.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our services. Psychology services are provided and billed by Sydney Phobia Clinic. Fees apply for changes or cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment. Changes or cancellations within 48 hours must be given in writing.
Medicare rebates are be available under a Mental Health Care Plan in consultation with your doctor.
Please be aware that with any private health plans, there may be deductibles and co-payments for which you could be responsible.
Sydney Phobia Clinic is not a crisis service. If you need immediate help, please contact any of the below services:
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 Lifeline 13 11 14 Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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