Phobias Treatment Online

You can learn how to face your fears with the help of an online therapist who can teach you how to address phobias and better control them.

Phobias

Below are some symptoms you may experience if you have a phobia:

  • Crying, stiffening, clinging to another person, or trying to escape the situation
  • Experiencing immediate fear or anxiety when confronted by the phobia
  • Actively avoiding situations that could lead to feelings of fear
  • Feeling threatened when there are no signs of danger 
  • Disruption to your daily life 

Help for Facing your Phobias

We all have a fear of something. You or someone you know may have a fear of dental visits, heights, flying, elevators, or of course… spiders. Knowing about your fear — or phobia — is a good first step for addressing it.

Common phobias involve a fear of 

  • Animals or insects 
  • Natural events such as thunderstorms
  • Medical procedures, blood, injuries, and injections with needles (Trypanophobia)
  • Holes (Trypophobia)
  • Clowns (coulrophobia)

How to Get Care

If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek support. One way to get care for a phobia is through telehealth. Amwell’s behavioral health specialists are available through an online video visit.

During a video visit on Amwell, your therapist or psychiatrist will ask you a series of questions to diagnose and treat your phobia. This is based on duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history. Questions about your work, home environment, and habits may also be discussed.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your therapist will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Your treatment plan may include:

  • A recommendation for more consistent therapy
  • A safe home remedy, such as:
    • Tea (chamomile, green tea)
    • Meditation
    • Breathing techniques
    • Exercise
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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What does it mean to have a phobia of something?

    A phobia is a heightened fear response to a very specific stimulus or event. Having a phobia essentially means being scared of something so much that it leads to physical discomfort and disruptions in your life. Common phobias include a fear of animals or insects, natural events such as thunderstorms, medical procedures, blood, injuries, injections with needles (trypanophobia), and holes (trypophobia).

  • What are some methods of treatment for working through phobias?

    Some of the most common forms of treatment for phobias include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy, both of which are well suited for delivery in an online therapy setting. With CBT, a therapist helps to make connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as you work to better understand your phobia or anxiety and change negative cycles. Exposure therapy is a process of working to take small steps of exposing yourself to the things that make you feel anxious. Doing this little by little can help you to slowly regain control over your fears and reactions. It is important to work with a mental health professional in these types of treatment, as they have the training to support and guide you towards progress without becoming overwhelmed.

  • Can online therapy actually heal a phobia one has had for many years?

    Yes! It is never too late to tackle a phobia and make real changes. The treatment of phobias, like any other type of mental health treatment, takes hard work and dedication. With a commitment to getting better, there’s no limit to what online therapy can do for you.

  • What are some of the more common phobia types encountered in an online therapy session?

    While there are many phobias that can be effectively treated in online therapy, some of the most common include a fear of public speaking, heights, crowds, germs or dirt, illness, closed spaces, and social situations. Some people find online therapy particularly helpful for phobias of social interactions (or even leaving their homes) as it allows them to access treatment from a location where they feel most comfortable. For some, anxiety symptoms can be a major obstacle when trying to get to a traditional office setting for regular therapy appointments. These people often experience inconsistent or disrupted care. In cases like this, getting treatment via online therapy can make a huge difference in your ability to get the care you really need.

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