Fear, Anxiety or Phobia?

Many clients approach me with a phobia of an everyday event, thing, situation or experience. For example, a fear of flying. In my initial conversation, either by phone or at a first meeting, I will often define the difference between a fear, a phobia, and anxiety. This can be really helpful for the client, and myself as a practitioner in knowing how to treat this. My definitions are:

A FEAR is something that we are unsure about or afraid of, and apprehensive as to how we may react or perform in action. A FEAR is often logical and rational (a fear of falling), and happens in the present moment of experience – whilst doing or being near what we fear. Courage is required, and often the individual appears cool, calm and collected to onlookers. Read more…


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