“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Phobias keep us from doing many of the things we would like to do. Maybe you can’t get on a plane to see beautiful countries or visit far away loved ones. Maybe your partner or your friends want you to come camping, but the thought of sleeping on the ground where bugs live stops you. Maybe you miss out on that important job interview because the office is on the top floor of a towering building.

If fear is getting in your way, I can help.

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! The fear response is a learned behaviour, and since people are not all that different from animals when it comes to behaviour training, there is a short list of specific steps we can take to help reduce your fear. Exposure therapy is one of the best therapeutic techniques for reducing or even eliminating phobias

The quote above is a beautiful description of mindfulness which, along with relaxation, and visualization are the key skills that I can help you develop to reduce your fears. The goal is not to LIKE the thing that you fear, but to be able to tolerate it better when you need to, learning to recognize that you are ok – now, in this moment.