Single Session Phobia Treatment
Conquering your phobias through one focused session
A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear or aversion to a particular object or situation. Phobias can develop at any point in the lifespan from early childhood through advanced age. While many phobias occur after a single incident (e.g., after being stuck in an elevator for several hours), the initial onset of a phobia is not always apparent.
Whether your phobia onset can be tied to a specific experience or seems to have been present for your entire life, cognitive behavioral exposure therapy offers a long term remedy for this problem.
One option for treating phobias is the single session format. Due to the unpleasant nature of confronting phobic stimuli, many clients prefer to “get it over with.” Single session exposure therapy for specific phobias is the “boot camp” of exposure therapy. Following the initial intake appointment, clients typically schedule one, 4-8 hour block with the psychologist. By the end of this extended session, most people report that they are able to tolerate the previously feared object or situation. Clients are instructed in how to maintain their progress after treatment.
Examples of phobias that are well-suited for these extended sessions included:
- Needle/Injection Phobia
- Fear of Heights
- Blood Phobia
- Insect/Animal Phobias
- Dental Phobia
Unsure whether single session phobia treatment is right for you? Contact us and we’ll help you decide!