A phobia is an anxiety disorder. It is characterised by an extreme or irrational fear and is very common. Phobias are more than simple fears, however; they can completely dominate the life of an individual who reorganises their whole life around avoiding the thing they are afraid of. The very thought of coming into contact with the thing in question or even seeing it on television, will lead to intense feelings of anxiety and possibly panic attacks, making it difficult to lead a normal life.
Counselling can be an effective way of treating phobias. Cognitive behavioural techniques in particular, have been shown to reduce the heightened and disabling fear associated with phobias. By working through your fear in a structured way, you will begin to understand and reframe the problem, gradually learning techniques to manage your fear, acknowledge your own limits, and identify your triggers.Being a parent can be tough. In fact it can be one of the hardest roles we have to undertake. Children do not come with a set of instructions and while there is plenty of information available on the best way to raise your child, the reality of being a parent can be daunting. One of the most difficult aspects is the expectation we put on ourselves to raise the ‘perfect’ children and to be the ‘perfect’ parents. The fact is that as human beings we all have limitations and we all have difficulties. We are far from perfect. That’s why many parents can benefit from the supportive hand of parenting counsellors. Counselling and psychotherapy can help parents in many different ways. For some, it may be about questioning their own childhood experiences and the parenting they received, for others it may be a case of struggling to deal with a specific issue such as bullying, or toilet training. Others may need help addressing their emotional or relationship needs that can make parenting particularly challenging or simply finding ways of communicating better as a family. Most forms of therapy will be able to provide parents with the space to talk about their most intimate thoughts and feelings concerning parenthood and allow them the opportunity of further understanding why they parent as they do, and what strategies can be put in place to aid them with the things they want to change.