EMDR can be used to help with phobias

A phobia is defined as an intense fear of a specific object or situation that is out of proportion to the actual risks posed by the object or situation (DSM V, 2013). People with phobias tend to avoid the source of their phobia, which provokes immediate and intense fear or anxiety in them. The avoidance, the fear or the anxiety causes significant disruption to them on a social, occupational or other functional level.

Phobias are grouped by the source of the phobia into:

  • Animal phobias (e.g. snakes, spiders, insects, dogs)
  • Natural Environment phobias (e.g. heights, storms, water)
  • Blood-injection-injury phobias (e.g. needles, going to the dentist, blood)
  • Situational phobia (e.g. airplanes, elevators, enclosed spaces)
  • Other phobias (e.g. choking, vomiting, loud sounds, etc…)

EMDR help people overcome the phobias above. We go back to where the phobia began, and teach your brain that the object or situation is no longer dangerous, and that you can cope with it. By doing this, we can stop your body’s reflexive response whenever you think about your fear.

During EMDR you focus on events that contributed to the fear. I help you connect the emotional part of your brain that feels afraid (the limbic system), with the logical part of your brain that knows you’re safe and can handle it (the prefrontal cortex).