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Jeremy Fernandez speaks to director of the Sydney Phobia Centre Corrie Ackland and trypophobia sufferer Gemma Luscombe about the diagnosis and treatment of phobias.
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This, says phobia expert Corrie Ackland, clinical director and principal clinical psychologist of the Sydney Phobia Clinic, is quite common. “People think there must be some childhood onset, some single event that ‘caused’ the phobia,” she says. “In fact, phobias can emerge at any time in a person’s life, without an obvious reason.”Ackland says phobias are usually divided into three groups: Animals (often spiders, cockroaches or dogs), situational (such as heights, confined spaces or flying) and blood/injury (the most common being a fear of injections).
As I left the Sydney Phobia Clinic, I thought I’d definitely be back to take the course. I could see how, with a bit of preparation beforehand, those exposure sessions would help me overcome my fear.
But Mr Rossouw says DIY tools are no match for proper clinical treatment.”It’s critical the client is given skills and psycho-education to be able to handle the exposure sessions and get the most out of them,” he says.”Most people know that facing their fears is how to overcome them, but they lack the skills to do so effectively.”
Virtual reality exposure is just as effective as traditional forms of exposure therapy when assessed immediately after treatment, a year later and even up to three years after treatment. For example, people who seek treatment for a spider phobia are less likely to avoid spiders, and less likely to feel anxious when they see spiders after virtual reality exposure therapy.