Online Phobia Treatment
Professional phobia treatment, online via telehealth.
You’ve probably heard the word Phobia thrown around in conversation or on television, as it’s a common term we see used in everyday life.
However, having a genuine phobia involves intense fear causing self-terror and extreme levels of anxiety.
When dealing with a phobia, an individual feels an irrational, disproportionate response to the actual threat or perceived threat.
In some cases, people with phobias are aware, and able to recognise that their response is irrational, extreme and unlikely to be based in fact – however, their response feels automatic, powerful and uncontrollable.
When somebody is struggling with a phobia, they’re often calm and composed in everyday life, however it is when they’re in the presence of the object or situation at the root of their phobia they experience intense panic and fear.
According to the latest research conducted by the Federal Health Department, one in seven Australians will develop a phobia, or intense anxiety around a situation or object during their lives.
Phobias often start in childhood but can develop and intensify at any age.
The intense, irrational and disproportionate fear can have a serious negative impact on the lives of somebody living with a phobia, whether it be a personal or professional impact.
Online phobia treatment delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online phobia support:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job loss and unemployment dramatically increased levels of anxiety and stress in some people, exacerbating their response to their phobia.
At Online Psychologists Australia our team are well-trained in helping individuals manage and get over their phobias. The team is skilled and supportive and will work through a wide range of evidence-based exercises which allow you to separate yourself from your fear and accept it.
Medicare rebated phobia therapy with a personally experienced Australian psychologist
One of the misconceptions with online phobia treatment, when compared to face-to-face support, is that it’s not Medicare rebated – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated through Medicare.
You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences so your online phobia therapy can be as effective as possible.
What are the common phobias we treat patients for?
Interestingly, the process of treating somebody for a phobia, regardless of what it is can be quite similar. The goal is to create comfort and space in the patient’s mind, allowing them to feel and experience their fear or panic response without having an overt reaction.
As professional psychologists dealing with phobias in Australians every day, there are some common objects or situations which elicit an intense phobic response, these include:
Fear of heights (acrophobia)
Fear of flying
Fear of needles or injections
Fear of blood
Claustrophobia or the fear of enclosed spaces
Fear of vomiting
Animal or insect phobias such as spiders, snakes, dogs or mice
What are the common symptoms of depression we encounter?It is important to remember that we all experience symptoms of depression from time to time, and that may not necessarily mean you are depressed. Everybody suffers from depression in their own unique way and no two experiences are identical, however, there are a number of common symptoms we encounter, which are often summarised by feeling down, miserable, sad or hopeless – the loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities you may enjoy. Symptoms can include: Withdrawing from friends and family Restlessness Feeling perpetually tired and fatigued Inability to concentrate or focus on one task Issues with sleep Mood swings Loss or change of appetite Relying on alcohol or sedatives Feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, irritable and sad Thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness
How do we treat depression?All of our psychologists are highly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients suffering from symptoms of depression. Our psychologists don’t prescribe a one-size fits all approach to treating depression, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and therapies proven to help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Your dedicated and personally matched psychologists may use any number of the following techniques: Schema Focused Therapy Assertiveness Training Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Solution Focused Brief Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Compassion Focused Therapy Behavioural Therapy Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What are the benefits of seeking help?The upsides of seeking and receiving help for depression are immense. The experienced and professional team at Online Psychologists Australia have seen hundreds of patients experience benefits such as: Improved relationships and friendships Improved physical health Improved sleep and rest Improved feelings of happiness and a restoration of energy Feelings of a burden being lifted Sharper thinking and a better memory A healthier lifestyle A lower risk of future depression, as patients are often better equipped to deal with depressive periods
What can you expect from online phobia treatment?
Before you officially start your treatment – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, your specific phobia and your treatment preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you, not to judge you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you recover from your phobia.
Completely overcoming your phobia won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress between sessions.
Get phobia treatment online with a professional psychologist today
Reaching out and accessing support for your phobia can be tough, however the benefits of doing so can be genuinely lifechanging.
Our professional, empathetic and understanding team of psychologists are ready to help you overcome your phobia.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with a Medicare rebate.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
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