Phobia Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your phobia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your phobia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
phobias

Learn about phobias

We all experience or know someone who experiences a profound fear, such as a fear of spiders, snakes or heights. This is because holding fears towards certain objects or situations is extremely common. However, in some cases, the fear reaction is so severe, and the feared stimulus is commonly encountered that the fear becomes a major burden, which interferes with our ability to function day-to-day.

 

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that may present as persistent fear and irrational avoidance of an object or situation. Common phobias include claustrophobia, blood or injection phobias, animal and insect phobias, height phobias, flying phobias, storm phobias, fear of death; choking and vomiting phobias, dental phobia and fear of disease. It is important to seek help if a phobia is disrupting your everyday life, or causing significant distress.

 

So how do you know when your worries or fears have crossed the line and are starting to affect your quality of life? There are a number of indicators which could suggest that you are experiencing a phobia, including:

Complete avoidance of a specific object, animal, environment or situation at all costs

If you are unable to avoid the feared stimulus, it is endured with a great amount of stress and anxiety

Experiencing physical sensations when coming into contact or thinking about the feared stimulus, including heart palpitations, light headedness, sweating, dizziness, or shaking

Your anger lasts a lot longer or is more extreme than one would normally expect given the situation

 

A phobia can occur towards anything, and will uniquely effect each person in a different way. Therefore, it can sometimes be difficult to identify. You may have experienced some of the above features, but not know specifically what the cause of them are. This could indicate a phobia towards an everyday behaviour such as socialising or leaving the house, or it could even indicate a more general experience of anxiety.

 

If you have a phobia which you know has been impacting on your life for a long time, or if you feel nervous and anxious without knowing why, a psychologist can help you work through this. There are a number of practitioners who specialise in phobias and anxiety, and they can assist by:

 

 

Providing an assessment to find out whether you are experiencing a phobia, what specific factors trigger your fear or anxiety, and the severity of this

Identifying the thoughts or behaviours that are contributing to the fear, and changing these into more helpful and positive ones

Providing relaxation strategies to use when in contact with the feared stimulus

Helping you overcome the phobia by gradually exposing you to the feared stimulus using practice both in and out of the session, at a pace that you feel comfortable with

Phobia Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for phobia counselling. 

Annette Thiele

Annette believes that therapy is important for those looking to improve their overall mental wellbeing and to live a healthier, fuller life. Annette has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and trauma symptoms, perfectionism, confidence and self-esteem issues, difficulties with change/adjustment and workplace stress.

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Antoinette Adam

Antoinette has over 10 years experience providing psychological services. Antoinette is passionate about workplace health and resilience. She has expertise in supporting executives & leaders explore their own self by bringing about transformation to their lives, through achieving a healthy work/life balance, effective goal setting & working towards self actualisation.

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Bernadette Moore

Bernadette has been a registered psychologist for over 30 years with extensive experience as both a clinician and academic. Her practice is based primarily around CBT frameworks though she also has experience across a range of therapeutic methods including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Carolina Maleski Penna de Moraes

Carolina offers sessions in English and Portuguese, for adults and adolescents, covering a vast spectrum of psychological conditions including as anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, relationship issues, and parenting-related difficulties. She has over 10 years experience in the academic and professional spheres of Psychology.

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Caroline Gaffney

Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.

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Claire Prince

Claire provides individually tailored and evidence-based therapeutic interventions and strategies to help clients to gain a better understanding of themselves and their difficulties or challenges. Claire then works with clients in identifying ways to effectively manage these issues, helping to build stronger foundations for life. Claire has over 25 years experience practicing as a Psychologist.

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David Pyman

David has had 15 years of experience as a Psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults. He has experience working with educational needs, with a particular focus on life long education, differential diagnosis, understanding giftedness and managing neural diversity. David has also worked extensively with people experiencing anxiety, depression, issues of self worth and attachment concerns.

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David Read

David is a warm and empathetic Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about helping people improve their psychological well-being. He aims to to build a collaborative and trusting relationship with clients. He draws upon a number of evidence-based psychological therapies to tailor his approach to fit the with needs of his clients.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Erin Stuckey

Erin has over twelve years experience working in the field of complex trauma. Erin has a particular interest in working with clients of all ages who have experienced post natal anxiety and depression, addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, phobias, mood disorders, and trauma.

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Geoffrey Haines

Geoff has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist and has a keen interest working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, procrastination, interpersonal difficulties and low self esteem. Geoff is trained in evidence-based approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Hamid Waqar

Hamid has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, phobia, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Hamid is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

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Ioanna Culleton

Ioanna has over 30 years of experience working with a diverse range of clients including adolescents, adults and seniors in both rural and urban settings. Ioanna is keen to work with clients who experience anxiety and depression, low self esteem, family and/or relationship conflicts, amongst other areas or simply to be a sounding board.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Jeanette McLean

Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.

Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.

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Jenny Drury

Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Joe Guse

Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.

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Julian Couzins

Julian’s professional style is a person-to-person clinical practice focusing on individual needs. He works in a natural and holistic style. Your personal preferences are key to the therapy that you receive. Julian delivers therapy that considers your being in the world so that you can gain positive personal relationships and satisfying personal interactions.

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Karen McFarlane

aren has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), procrastination, phobias, grief and loss, low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Karen has recently completed postgraduate studies in the field of psychological neuroscience (brain science).

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Kate Stevenson

Kate has extensive experience working with young people. Kate has an interest in working with young women experiencing anxiety and life transitions. Kate is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness techniques.

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Katherine Gudgeon

Katherine has worked with a wide array of presentations, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, anger management, bullying, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. Katherine has worked as a School Counsellor for five years and an English teacher for over thirty years. Katherine is experienced in dealing with adolescent development and parenting issues. She has a keen interest in working with people experience relationship difficulties.

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Katherine Gudgeon

Katherine has worked with a wide array of presentations, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, anger management, bullying, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. Katherine has worked as a School Counsellor for five years and an English teacher for over thirty years. Katherine is experienced in dealing with adolescent development and parenting issues. She has a keen interest in working with people experiencing relationship difficulties.

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Lilian Honda Mariano

Lilian has over 15 years of experience in the health Industry. Her main interests are working with adolescents and with women’s health (anxiety, depression, self-esteem and adjustment disorder) and working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients (sense of identity loss, discrimination and lack of belonging issues.) Lilian speaks fluent English and Portuguese.

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Manya Scheftsik

Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.

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Margot Wilox

Margot is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has helped a diverse range of clients over the past 18 years and is currently offering 1:1 psychotherapy for adults and older adults with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self esteem and confidence, imposter syndrome, parenting concerns, life stage transition, interpersonal difficulties and stress management.

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Marie Parperis

Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Martin Pearce

Martin is best known for his humour and pragmatism. Martin has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. Martin has spent recent years working in a mental health clinic for people living with addictions, trauma and mood disorders.

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Maureen Cheung

Maureen has extensive experience working with people with anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment to life circumstances, and grief and loss. Her passion is for working with people with childhood and complex trauma. Maureen also has qualifications in IT and Finance, bringing a unique skill mix to the role of Psychologist.

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Megan Carter

Megan is a passionate Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. She has completed additional clinical training in treatments including Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and other compassion and mindfulness based approaches.

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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Michelle Popovski

Michelle works comfortably within an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities to provide a framework to suit individual needs, including incorporating psychodynamic principles with evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential in life and offers a respectful, and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

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Mike van Dijkhuizen

Mike’s approach to therapy is mainly based on a model called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focuses on learning to let go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values, the things that really matter to you. Mike identifies as a gay man and enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Nicola Carter

Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.

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Nina Krivoshev

Nina is an empathetic, patient, and compassionate psychologist and she really enjoys helping others overcome mental health challenges. Nina likes to use a caring and direct approach with all her clients, to work on whatever current, past, or future life stressors they may be experiencing.

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Paulette Gayton

Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.

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Rosemary Lindsay

Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict. Rosemary only provides video consultations.

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Saima Ali

Saima is trained in several evidence based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Saima has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, family and relationship difficulties, work stress, phobias, low self-esteem, and anger issues.

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Shelley Amity

Shelley is a kind, cultural-sensitive and engaging psychologist with a genuine passion to help individuals from all walks of life to function optimally and live meaningful life. She strives to approach every individual with compassion, integrity, respect and perseverance. Shelley focuses on Trauma counselling and provides ongoing support and treatment for adults (18+) that are struggling with trauma, addiction, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Shyan Juang Low

Shyan is passionate about improving psychological wellbeing and standard of living for individuals across cultures by encouraging individuals to continuously develop and improve their positive coping and problem-solving skills. Shyan also strongly believes in using an eclectic approach so as to create a comfortable environment and cater to individualized needs.

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.

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Steven Kose

Steven is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults presenting with anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, post-traumatic stress, anger management, workplace stress, grief/loss and relationship/marital difficulties. He has been practicing as a consultant psychologist for the past 14 years and provides therapy in both English and Turkish.

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Suraj Samtani

Dr Samtani is a researcher and clinician providing high quality care for children, adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience helping adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.

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Tamara L

Tamara has been practicing for almost 30 years and he approach is to appreciate your past and how you got here but then to consider with you what you would like your future to look like. She likes a collaborative approach with you being an agent in what you create. She will empower you with knowledge and skills that serve you well as you navigate life.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Tina Viduka

Tina has over 22 years experience working as a psychologist supporting with children, adolescents, adults and families. Tina is interested in supporting anxiety, depression, low self esteem, interpersonal difficulties, work related issues and perfectionism. She also has a keen interest in working with adolescents and young adults.

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Tony Nguyen

Tony supports people with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, addictions and work-related conditions such as burnout and career transition. Tony can also provide support in a high performance context (for example athletes & executives, start-up founders). Having lived in multiple continents and being from a multi-cultural background, Tony is able to support those who have a migrant background or is of east/south-east Asian descent.

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Trevor Hatten

Trevor provides therapy for men – he understands guys have a need for specialised male focused interventions for mental health. Trevor has experience supporting male clients with impulse control matters such as anger management, mood regulation, phobias, relationship distress, financial management and internet usage. He also treats addictive behaviours including overuse of pain killers, illicit drugs, gambling and alcohol.

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Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Wame Gofamodimo

Wame has been practising for over 10 years and brings a level of maturity and professionalism to her role as a psychologist. Wame’s key areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief & bereavement, workplace issues, life difficulties & transitions, eating disorders, and anger & conflict.

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Will Chen

Will has worked with people across the lifespan, specialising in helping children and young adults in coping with stress in schools and workplaces, as well as building up interpersonal relationships and assertive communication skills. He has also helped people experiencing disordered eating, addiction, anxiety, depression and coping with transition and change.

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William Tran

William is an understanding and effective psychologist who works collaboratively to facilitate healing and a grounded sense of hope. He has extensive experience providing interventions to adults experiencing a wide range of psychological problems including addictions and anxiety disorders.

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Xiaoping Zhu

The goal of Xiaoping’s counselling is to assist you to be powered with a series of healthy concepts about your life as well as equipped with a bunch of abilities for all of life’s challenges. With Xiaoping’s counselling, his clients are led to have more awareness about themselves, more confidence to face their challenges and more skills to find solutions.

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Zhiwen Gao

Zhiwen is experienced working children, adolescents and adults including seniors. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse clients such as overseas student and new immigrants. Zhiwen has keen interest in working with people experiencing adjustment issues and seeking support for Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Mood, OCD, Phobia, Personality, Trauma (PTSD), Lifestyle and Stress management.

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