Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for specific phobia


Sessions held in Chelmsford, EssexFear of Dentist - dental phobia, odontophobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia, dental anxiety


The overall objective of this programme is help you to understand how you first acquired your particular phobia or fear of a specific object or situation, and to understand how this fear, or fears, are maintained, through avoidance and escape.

Likely phobia and fears to be treated include:

  • Flying
  • Lifts and escalators
  • Heights
  • Insects
  • Snakes
  • Animals
  • Blood and injections
  • Rats and mice
  • Water
  • Hospitals and Dentist Surgeries
  • Meeting strangers
  • Speaking in public
  • Using Public conveniences
  • Eating in public
  • People seeing you nervous
  • Crowded shops
  • Shopping Centres
  • Restaurants, churches, cinemas
  • Closed spaces
  • Open spaces
  • Travel by Public transport
  • Walking alone
  • Being alone at home
  • Dirt or soiled things
  • Lightning or Thunder
  • Darkness or Night
  • Queues
  • Exercise
  • Increasing your heart rate
  • People criticizing you

Intendend Results

In my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Specific Phobia programme we will work together to:

  • Reduce the physical symptoms of your anxiety through relaxation training
  • Modify your schemas which maintain your phobias
  • Eliminate all of your avoidance behaviours
  • Help you to acquire relapse prevention skills
  • Help you to face what you fear, rather than avoid it.

As a result, your fear and anxiety will:

  • Fade as you learn that your phobia is unfounded.

And you will:

  • Uncover your beliefs about each object or situation you fear.
  • Learn to relax when you are feeling tense.
  • Become much less tense, become able to do the very things you fear now, and feel more effective in your life.
  • Achieve all of the above without the need for antidepressants or antianxiety medications for such fears.


This Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Specific Phobia course is a series of one-hour psycho-educational sessions.

Module Course Content
1 Introduction to CBT model, Diagnostic assessment and Treatment Plan
2 Behavioural interventions, such as breathing and relaxation exercises
3 Behavioural and cognitive interventions, such as construction hierarchies of fears, imaginal and in vivo behavioural experiments, identification of safety behaviours, elicitation and challenging of negative automatic thoughts
4 "Overpractising" of exposures, discovery of alternative coping strategies, stress inoculation techniques, encouragement of self-efficacy
5 Elimination of safety behaviours, continuing work on schemas and automatic thoughts
6 Relapse Prevention


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