Therapies for Fears & Phobias in Southend-on-Sea, Essex

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Therapies for Fears & Phobias

We offer therapies for fears and phobias in Southend-on-Sea, Essex at The Body Matters. Therapy for these is available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. We also offer telephone & online support. Call us on 01702 714968 for more information.


What is fear?

Fear is an emotion that all of us will have felt, it is a natural response when our survival is threatened. If our ancestors had never felt this emotion, it is extremely unlikely we would be alive today! However, fear can become a problem. For example, when we have an unpleasant or severe fear response in a situation where many people feel no concern at all. Here, the fear response does nothing to aid our survival but causes us embarrassment and distress.

In some ways our brains operate along similar lines to our ancient ancestors, spotting patterns that need an immediate response, without giving the conscious mind time to analyse the pros and cons of acting. This almost-instant spotting of a potentially dangerous situation is something that can at times keep us alive. The problem is that this pattern-spotting part of the human brain can bring on strong and immediate reactions when they are not needed. If a situation would be unbearable for you to deal with calmly even if you were offered a million pounds, it is likely that you have a phobia.

Take, for example, someone with a fear of spiders. The slight movement of a spider on the edge of this person’s sight might bring illicit a response in which their heart is beating fast, their hands are clammy, throat dry and so on. What is happening is that this person’s brain is spotting something that has been spotted before, bringing on the same (unpleasant) responses.  A person is unlikely to be able to talk themselves down from this level of agitation.

Some of the most common types of fears and phobias include:

  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of open or confined spaces
  • Fear of dentists and doctors
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of spiders
  • Fear of water

Therapies for Fears and Phobias

Therapies for fears and phobias at The Body Matters include BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, which works very effectively with fears, phobias and anxiety. With this method, a person can change how they currently feel about something to how they would like to feel, which could simply be a ‘calm and relaxed’ feeling. Just one or two sessions is often all that is needed.

Other therapies we offer include, hypnotherapy for fears & phobias and meditation for fears & phobias in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

COVID- 19 Online Support Sessions

We should use remote consultations where possible to provide our services without physical interaction due to COVID-19. This means that we will be shifting all appointments to video consultations so that we can help to support you during this challenging time.

Louise Reader will be using a telephone, Skype or Zoom which offers a secure way to offer online support and advice without having to leave your home. You will need to download Skype or Zoom onto your laptop, phone or tablet. In the case of Zoom, a meeting invite will be sent to invite you to link to the meeting where we can have a secure video session.

Jonathan Gibbs will be using a telephone, Skype or Vsee which offers a secure way to offer online support and advice without having to leave your home. You will need to download Skype or Vsee onto your laptop, phone or tablet.

Make an enquiry

Call The Body Matters on 01702 714968 for more information about therapy for fear, anxiety and phobias in Southend-on-Sea.

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Opening times

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We are open weekdays and Saturdays, with early morning and evening appointments available on request. We offer remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period.

To book an appointment phone 01702 714968 or click here to email