All About Arachnophobia, the Fear of Spiders, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling
What is Arachnophobia?
The majority of Arachnophobes will never have actually been attacked or hurt by a spider, particularly here in the UK where there are no dangerous spiders in existence (in the wild!).
Because of this lack of direct evidence, it is most likely that your Arachnophobia is a learned response picked-up by observing somebody else’s negative response to spiders.
Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that Arachnophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance in spite of the traction that biomedical models of mental illness are given in the media.
On the contrary, Arachnophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to you and is therefore a psychosocial phenomenon.
Arachnophobia Symptoms & Behaviours
All phobias, including Arachnophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.
Consequently, the symptoms of Arachnophobia are both specific and generic and may include:
- Fear or anxiety about being in the presence of spiders.
- Panic attacks or anxiety attacks in situations where spiders are present or anticipated to be present.
- Avoidance of situations that may involve spiders, such as old buildings or dark rooms.
- Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath when faced with spiders.
- Feeling of helplessness or being out of control in the presence of spiders.
- Intrusive thoughts or nightmares related to spiders.
- Depression, irritability, or other mood changes related to spiders.
You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Arachnophobia.
However, it is important to be aware that your symptoms WILL subside over time and rarely last for more that 20 to 30 minutes.
What Causes Arachnophobia?
It’s possible that your Arachnophobia may be the result of traumatic events or adverse situations that you experienced in your earlier developmental years.
However, because a Fear of Spiders is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Arachnophobia is your subjective evaluation of earlier experiences around which you have developed a set of beliefs.
Is Your Phobia Making You Anxious Or Are You Creating Your Own Problem?
It might be hard to accept, but it’s almost certain that the anxiety you experience when you encounter your phobic object or situation is being created by YOU unwittingly and NOT the thing you fear.
Find out more about the subjective vs objective nature of phobias here.
Counselling and Therapy for Arachnophobia
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Arachnophobia the Fear of Spiders.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for Arachnophobia on the following links:
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Furthermore, research also suggests that the therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular phobia and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.
The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
Applied Psychology Solutions
If you’d like to learn how to overcome Arachnophobia but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.
If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
How About Hypnotherapy?
There are numerous ways to overcome and cope with mental health problems and Hypnotherapy is an increasingly popular approach.
If you’d like to find out more about Hypnotherapy for Arachnophobia then click here to visit our sister website Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy.
Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?
Then why not see if you can solve your arachnophobia problems using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.
Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.
Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.
We offer counselling for Arachnophobia problems for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.