Understanding Phobias and Treatments

Effective Approaches to Phobia Management

Explore how Lee Psychology utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy to address various phobias, fostering significant improvements in mental health.

What Are Phobias?

Phobias are intense, irrational fears of specific objects, situations, or activities.

They can cause significant distress and interfere with daily life.

Common symptoms across all phobias include excessive fear or anxiety when encountering the object or situation, avoidance of the feared stimulus, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and a strong desire to escape.

Phobias can be caused by various factors, including traumatic experiences, learned behaviours, genetics, and irrational thoughts.

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Phobias We Work With


Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting or being sick.

Symptoms often include:

  • Avoiding people who have been ill in the last few days.
  • Abstinence from drinking alcohol.
  • Insisting on very high levels of hygiene.
  • Constantly monitoring bodily feelings.
  • Maintaining very high standards of personal hygiene.

Paul has expert knowledge of this phobia and has helped numerous clients to overcome it over the last 15 years.


Thanatophobia is the fear of dying.

The symptoms of Thanatophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Constantly worrying about dying.
  • Being hyper-vigilant about your health.
  • Avoiding taking any risks.
  • An elevated heart rate.
  • A sense of dread about what might happen.

Whist the fear of dying is common amongst all sentient beings, Thanatophobia is a more exaggerated version.

More Phobias

It’s virtually impossible to compile a list of all of the phobias that exist because people can develop a phobia about anything.

Just as long as a person consider a situation or object to be a threat of any sort, they can develop a phobia about it.

Here at Lee Psychology we have helped people with over 100 different phobias, including all of those listed below.

Androphobia – Fear of Men

Agoraphobia – Open Spaces

Aviophobia – Flying

Acrophobia – Heights

Ailurophobia – Cats

Atelophobia – Mistakes

Genophobia – Fear of Sex

Nosocomephobia – Hospitals

Philophobia – Love

Therapy Effectiveness Roadmap

Explore the journey of overcoming common phobias with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy, backed by compelling statistics.

✔ CBT Success Rates

Studies show that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has a success rate of approximately 70% in significantly reducing phobia symptoms after just a few sessions.

✔ Duration of CBT Treatment

Most patients experience substantial improvements within 10 – 15 weekly sessions of CBT, depending on the severity and nature of their phobia.

✔ Hypnotherapy Effectiveness

Hypnotherapy has been reported to reduce anxiety and phobic reactions in 60% of patients, making it a powerful tool for emotional regulation and fear management.

✔ Combination Therapy Impact

Combining CBT with Hypnotherapy enhances treatment outcomes, with an 80% improvement rate in overcoming phobias more effectively and sustainably.

Exploring Effective Therapy Options for phobias

Psychological Therapies for Phobias at Lee Psychology

Therapy Options for Phobias & Fears

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Discover the Transformative Power of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Overcoming Phobias.

Uncover the path to freedom from phobias with our expert therapists, who specialise in CBT which has a proven track record of success.

Take the first step towards change and schedule an initial consultation at Lee Psychology today.

Discover the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy for Overcoming Phobias.

By delving into the root causes of phobias, hypnotherapy can help individuals overcome their fears and regain control of their lives.

Experience the potential of hypnotherapy and embark on a journey towards freedom from phobias at Lee Psychology, where our talented and experienced therapists are dedicated to helping you achieve lasting change.

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Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Combining the principles of CBT with the focused psychological state of hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy can be tailored specifically for dealing with phobias and fears.

It is particularly useful for those people who might not fully respond to traditional CBT.

What Our Clients Say

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia “I contacted Paul in September this year after I had researched why I was so scared of being sick. I found out it was called Emetophobia and that there was something I could do about it! I had had a course of Cognitive Behavioural...

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Fear of Being Sick All The Time

Fear of Being Sick All The Time

Are You Living in Fear of Being Sick All the Time? Unlike many other phobias which can, to a certain extent, be avoided by simply not going near the *"phobic object", Emetophobia is rather unique as it leads the sufferer to be in fear of being sick all the time....

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Fear of Being Sick Cured

Fear of Being Sick Cured

Fear of Being Sick Cure - Rachel's Testimonial I first came across the Thrive Programme in October 2013 in a last desperate search for help and support for my fear of being sick (Emetophobia). At the time I was a new mom and had just experienced my first round of the...

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Meet Paul & Joan

Paul lee bsc msc (psych) & joan lee d.hyp (adv)

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Paul Lee

Mental Health Psychologist

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Paul specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy, helping clients transform their thought patterns and behaviours.

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Joan Lee


Joan integrates hypnotherapy with traditional therapeutic practices to offer innovative solutions for a wide range of mental health problems.

Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let phobias control your life. Take the first step towards freedom with an initial consultation at Lee Psychology.