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EMDR for Phobias

EMDR for Phobias

EMDR can be used to help with phobias. It does this by:

  • Desensitisation: Individuals suffering from phobias may benefit from EMDR to progressively desensitise themselves to the object or scenario that causes them to fear. EMDR aims to diminish the emotional charge associated with the phobia via exposure to the phobic stimulus while concurrently participating in bilateral stimulation (usually through eye movements).

  • Identifying root causes: For some, phobias can be traced back to difficult past experiences. EMDR can assist people in exploring and processing underlying traumas that may be related to the development or maintenance of their phobia.

  • Modifying negative beliefs: Some people who have phobias may have negative thoughts or engage in ‘cognitive errors’ about the phobic stimulus. EMDR can help individuals discover and change their negative beliefs, replacing them with more rational ones.

  • Reducing avoidance: Individuals with a phobia, understandably want to avoid encountering the feared object or scenario. EMDR can assist people in confronting their phobias and reducing avoidance behaviours, resulting in less restrictive life.

  • Gradual exposure: EMDR can be combined with exposure therapy approaches to help people to confront their phobia in a controlled and systematic manner. This gradual exposure, combined with the processing of traumatic memories and emotions through EMDR, can help people become less reactive to their phobic triggers.

It is important to remember that, while EMDR may help some with phobias, it may not be the best or most successful treatment for everyone. Therapy options should be chosen in collaboration with a skilled mental health practitioner who can assess the type and severity of the phobia and customise the treatment approach accordingly.

Phobias can be multifaced and may require a combination of therapeutic approaches such as exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques. The type of treatment approach needs to be determined by the individual's needs, the nature of the phobia, and response to various therapeutic approaches.

Fear of Spiders

Arachnophobia (Fear of Spiders)

EMDR therapy can help individuals with arachnophobia by addressing the underlying causes of this fear. By reprocessing traumatic spider-related experiences or negative associations, EMDR can reduce the intensity of the phobia, allowing individuals to encounter spiders with less anxiety.

Claustrophobia (Fear of Enclosed Spaces)

Claustrophobia can make everyday activities like using a lift or entering small rooms extremely challenging. EMDR therapy can work on past traumatic experiences that contributed to this phobia, gradually desensitising the fear and enabling individuals to face enclosed spaces with greater ease.


Acrophobia (Fear of Heights)

Acrophobia can limit outdoor activities and travel for those who suffer from it. EMDR therapy helps individuals confront past experiences or traumas related to heights, transforming these memories into less distressing ones and allowing them to enjoy elevated spaces without overwhelming fear.

Agoraphobia (Fear of Open or Public Spaces)

Agoraphobia can lead to social isolation, as individuals may avoid leaving their homes. EMDR therapy targets the underlying traumas or distressing experiences that have contributed to agoraphobia, helping individuals gradually reintegrate into public spaces with reduced anxiety.



If you are looking for private online Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) delivered by experienced EMDR therapists based in Leeds, London, Manchester and Yorkshire

Aviophobia (Fear of Flying)

Aviophobia (Fear of Flying)

For individuals with aviophobia, the thought of boarding an airplane can be paralysing. EMDR therapy can address past negative flight experiences or anxieties associated with flying, enabling individuals to approach air travel with greater confidence.

Emetophobia (fear of vomiting or seeing others vomit)

EMDR therapy can help by gradually diminishing the emotional intensity of an individual’s dread of vomiting. It would do this by identifying and altering negative beliefs, and incorporating exposure therapy techniques to help individuals confront their fear in a controlled manner.

Dentophobia (Fear of Dentists)

Dentophobia (Fear of Dentists)

Dentophobia can lead to dental neglect and oral health issues. EMDR therapy can target past dental traumas or negative experiences at the dentists making dental visits less anxiety-inducing.

Hemophobia (Fear of Blood)

Hemophobia can be particularly challenging in medical settings or during emergencies. EMDR therapy addresses past traumatic experiences involving blood, helping individuals manage their fear and discomfort.



If you are looking for private online Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) delivered by experienced EMDR therapists based in Leeds, London, Manchester and Yorkshire


"My EMDR treatment helped me resolve deep-rooted trauma that I had struggled with for years. My therapist made me feel comfortable going over painful memories. I highly recommend my therapist to anyone wanting to recover from trauma."

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