Phobias Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

Phobias

Phobias are classified as irrational fears that impede on normal daily life. While everyone has one or two irrational fears, they are minor. However, if irrational fears become so intense that they cause extreme anxiety that interferes with normal life, it is time to get therapy to help overcome these fears.

The most important thing people should understand is that phobias can be controlled and even cured. Between self-help strategies and professional phobia therapy, anyone can overcome irrational fears and start to live a life of freedom from phobias.

Phobias can interfere with life when you are forced to face them on a regular basis. People with phobias are generally afraid of things that pose little to no real danger at all. People with phobias generally fear heights, clowns, flying, driving, insects, small spaces, wide open spaces or needles.However, phobias are not limited to this, but to anything about which the fear is highly exaggerated.

While phobias are usually developed during childhood, adults may also develop new phobias. People will go to extreme lengths to avoid exposure to whatever they are phobic about.

The good news is that phobias are easily treated using a range of therapies. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help a person recognize their phobias and find different ways to react to their exposure to the things they fear. Desensitization therapy helps a person to learn how to manage being exposed to what they fear in a safe environment. A therapist will help the person understand that their fears are unfounded and as such, manage and eventually cure the phobia.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers phobias and related issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

The goal of this approach is to help clients overcome resistance to experiencing their true feelings that are too frightening and/or painful.

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Susan Baum

Ph.D., R.Psych
"When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl To have my clients take up the challenge to change—this is the power I try to help them... Read more

Dale Trimble

M.A., RCC
Dale works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or anger as well as those recovering from trauma.  Dale is a senior faculty member with the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute (... Read more

Kari-Ann Thor

M.Ed., RCC
A Bit About Käri-Ann: I have had a part-time private counselling practice since 2003 and come from a history of Outdoor Education as my first career, followed by over 20 years working in the social service sector... Read more

Chris Walker

M.A., CCC
“At some time or other, we all find ourselves unable to cope with life’s difficulties. The aim of counseling is to help you deal with these or other issues, so that you can get on with a meaningful and... Read more

Hannah Curwin

M.A., CCC
    • Online booking
What would it take to remember our worth? How complete and loving and lovable we are? Welcome and thank you for being here. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy... Read more

Jonathan Carter

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
When we set out on life's journey we all have expectations of what life is going to give us, how life is going to turn out. We all have a sense of how life operates and what we need to do to get on in the world.... Read more

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
The world we inhabit is strange, varied, wondrous, and constantly evolving; we are too. We are shaped by our experiences, families, communities, ancestry, hopes, visions, loves, and losses—​and we are more... Read more
Barbara Clay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3074) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counselling Psychology. Barb has additional registration with the Crime... Read more

Chi-Jen Hung

M.Couns., RCC
You don’t have to struggle alone Living with anxiety, fear, and helplessness is difficult. Relationship can be confusing and disappointing. Dealing with your parents or your children can be frustrating. You are... Read more

Tammy MacLeod

M.A., RCC
Tammy works with individuals and couples who feel stuck, ambivalent, discouraged, overwhelmed, and have difficulty communicating with partners. Her background includes years in the business sector and competing in... Read more

Allie Huggins

MC, RCC
I prefer a holistic, humanistic, and existential approach to therapy. I'm an avid believer that the quality of a therapeutic relationship is predictive of positive outcomes. Everyone is unique, and every therapeutic... Read more

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... Read more

Emily Thomsen

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a registered clinical counsellor providing individual and couples counselling online. I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, am a certified Art Therapist, Life Coach, and have training in mindfulness. I... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Thomas Wiens

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Video on profile
    • Online booking
Dr. Wiens is currently accepting new clients and provides services to anywhere in BC via video or phone calls. To learn more and book sessions online go to www.drwiens.ca   Dr. Wiens... Read more

Renee Bartkiewicz

M.A., RCC
  Renee Bartkiewicz is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an Art Therapist. In her inclusive, creative, and collaborative practice, she sees individuals that present with a variety of  issues... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Sarah Levine

M.Ed., RCC
Welcome.  Counselling is very personal and it is important to have a good "fit" between you and your counsellor.  My reputation is for being kind, respectful and perceptive.  I... Read more

Mickey Stein

Ph.D., R.Psych
All appointments will be held via video until further notice. Teletherapy is being offered to new and existing clients.  I am a registered clinical psychologist in Vancouver B.C. My mission is to provide... Read more

Ishtar Beck

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
I invite you to explore your courage and your challenges with online/phone counselling. As you meet with me on Zoom or as we speak on the phone, an experience of interpersonal connection and of listening,... Read more

Nazanin Moghadami

M.Couns., RCC
September 2021 update: **Until further notice, all sessions will be done remotely to protect everyone against the COVID-19 virus.** *I am not accepting new clients*   Hello and welcome. I am a... Read more

Lisa Crossfield

M.Ed., RCC
I believe everyone has the ability to restore hope, strength, balance, joy, clarity, meaning and connection to live their best life. At certain points we may need help to recognize our strengths, to accept our... Read more

Demill Keevil

MCP:AT, RCC
I opened Oasis Creative Counselling with the goal of offering people a safe and welcoming environment where they can work toward the change they desire. I offer counselling and art therapy services for teens,... Read more

Fred West

B.A., RCC
As humans, we possess complicated emotions.  Our behavior, thoughts and feelings can sometimes be overwhelming, even to ourselves! If you have been feeling lost, having depressed thoughts or going... Read more

Ben Bjorgaard

M.A., RCC
My practice is exclusively online.  By addressing troubling thoughts and feelings, self-sabotaging behaviors, and traumas, life can become more manageable, productive, and fulfilling.  I focus on who you... Read more

Nicole Neufeld

M.C., RCC
Hi, I'm Nicole (she/her). If you've found the last year has worn you down you are not alone. The stress we are experiencing collectively can make us feel like we are not ourselves, and even at times that... Read more

Daphne McDonald

M.A., RCC
My name is Daphne McDonald and I am expanding my private practice as a counseling therapist from my home in Cordova Bay where I have resided for the last 20 years. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master... Read more

Deena Chochinov

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
Deena is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Vancouver since 2000. She works with individuals, couples and families and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients find the self-... Read more

Patrick Myers

Ph.D., R.Psych
  Is life pushing you too hard? Do you feel like you can't keep up? Do you worry too much? Is your mind always racing? Do you find you no longer enjoy doing the things you once did? Do you... Read more

Nicole McLeod

M.A., RCC
Life can feel overwhelming.  It can get complicated.  It’s easy to feel stuck, powerless and empty and sometimes it feels impossible to see past that.   My name is Nicole McLeod, I’m a... Read more