Exposure is the only treatment that has ever been shown to work for phobias. I do not believe in immediate exposure to the feared object or situation (referred to as flooding or massed exposure) because it can be too distressing to many people. So we start with boring stuff and work our way up as slowly as you want to. There is a little more to treatment, such as learning to alter your own expectations of danger and preventing other phobias from appearing. But it should not take very many sessions if we do it the right way.
Many people can beat a phobia (depending on severity) in just a few session. Some people need up to 12 sessions. Like I say with every problem that I treat – and every one that I don’t treat – not everyone gets better. But you have a better chance of getting over a phobia (with the right treatment) than most other problems.
I accept Aetna, Southern Health, Coventry, MHNet, Cigna and Tricare. If you are covered by another insurer, I will file for out-of-network coverage for you, in which case they tend to cover a substantial amount.
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