Phobia Therapy in London and Online

We all worry about things in our lives. However, some of us have phobias which involve experiencing intense fear about something specific which affects our day-to-day functioning. At Therapy Central, we have experienced therapists who can help you overcome phobias by drawing upon therapy approaches proven to be effective, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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Phobia Therapy in London and Online

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What are Phobias?

Phobias are intense fears of specific objects, situations or animals such as, spiders, snakes, needles, driving, vomiting, heights, public spaces (otherwise known as agoraphobia) and social situations (otherwise known as social phobia/social anxiety). This can cause significant distress and individuals can go to great lengths to avoid the specific object, situation or animal. However, avoidance serves to heighten a person’s fears and can lead to life becoming restrictive. This, in turn, can contribute to a less satisfying life which can lead to low mood/depression.

The anxiety and panic that the phobias elicit can lead to a stress response occurring in the body which results in several unpleasant physiological changes, such as:

  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in breathing rate/shallow breathing
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness/fuzzy head/feeling disconnected from reality
  • Muscle tension
  • Trembling
  • Numbness
  • Nausea

What are the Common Types of Phobia?

Here are the most common types of phobias:

  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of specific animals or insects
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of injections and/or blood
  • Fear of social situations (also known as social phobia)
  • Fear of crowded places or open places (also known as agoraphobia)

What Causes Phobia?

The cause of phobias can sometimes be traced back to a highly fearful event in the past. However some people are not able to recall such an experience that they can attribute the cause to.

What Does Phobia Therapy Involve?

Therapy for phobias is highly effective. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been show to be the most effective therapy for phobias. In therapy the cause of the phobia may be explored. However, therapy is often mainly focussed on identifying the triggers of your anxiety as well as understanding the factors that are keeping the phobia going and addressing these. You will be helped to learn that avoidance, although provides a short term sense of relief, actually increases your fears in the longer term. An important part of therapy involves learning tools to help you to manage the anxiety you face when gradually confronting your fears. Your fears will soon diminish enabling you to get back on track and do the things that you were not previously doing. This can help you to live a more fulfilling life again.

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How Long Does Therapy For Phobia Last?

Therapy is often highly effective for phobias and some people can make significant gains in up to just six sessions. At times, people may require more sessions than this as further support is needed to tackle the phobia and learn additional coping tools to keep it at bay.

When Should I Get Help for Phobia?

 If you are experiencing a strong fear about something, it is causing significant distress and is affecting your day-to-day living it would helpful to seek therapy. Treatment for phobias can be suitable whether the difficulty is mild, moderate or severe.

What Are The Benefits of Phobia Therapy?

There can be various benefits of counseling for phobias including:

  • Reduced anxiety around the feared object or situation
  • Feel more in control
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved mood
  • The phobia no longer holds you back from doing things that you want to be doing

Our therapists specialized in Phobia Therapy

All of our therapists are qualified psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors registered with several professional bodies. These include the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as, BACP, UKCP and BABCP.

Our therapists use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches tailored around your needs to help you deal with your unique challenges and reach your goals.

Dr. Raffaello Antonino

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Sheetal Dandgey

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Amy Smith

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Anna Hovris

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Samantha Harris

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Juliet Anton

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Karin Kihlberg

Counselling Psychologist

Shannon Ownhouse

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Joanne Warren

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Bertha Rogers

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alana Whitlock

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yasmeen Jaina

Counselling Psychologist

Panos Vythoulkas

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Tatum Aspeling

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Gail Freedman

Counselling Psychologist

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The Therapist l had was absolutely brilliant with me. He had patience with me and bit by bit l gained a little of confidence to try and get out and go on the buses.

He deserves an award and if l could l would in the beginning l thought how is this person going to get me back on public transport but he did he gave me the confidence l lost and now have back.

I will never forget him and what he has done for me. I wish him nothing but the best in his life.



My therapist was excellent. I highly recommend her and I am truly thankful for my sessions, I left feeling confident and positive.

The mental tools, systems and approaches I have been able to develop with her and use in my life have been hugely beneficial.

Thank you to all at Therapy Central.



The Therapist really gave me the space to talk and express my feelings and fears in a very comforting environment.

She was there not only to listen, but challenge my thinking, guide me during the uncertainty I was experiencing and give me useful and practical tips to improve my mental health and wellbeing. Highly recommended!



Working with the therapist has been a life-changing experience. Each session has been invaluable, helping me gain a good understanding of CBT methodology enabling me to incorporate ways to combat stress and anxiety in my daily life.

The Therapist shows that she really cares and has the ability to make you feel calm whilst discussing any personal issue. 


Fees & Insurances

Therapy, Counselling and CBT sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually held at regular weekly time slots.

15 Minute initial
Phone consultation

Psychological Therapy/
Counselling (Self-funded)

Couples Therapy/
Family Therapy

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Your Private Healthcare Insurance Provider

All of our therapists are registered with several insurance providers, such as AXA PPP, Simplyhealth, Aviva, Cigna (UK/US), Vitality and WPA. If you wish to use your personal or employee private healthcare insurance to cover your sessions, please highlight this in your contact form below.

Phobia Therapy in London & Online

If you are looking for Phobia therapy in Central London, at Therapy Central we can help you learn the strategies you need to start taking back control from your phobia. With phobia therapy you’ll be enabled to make the crucial changes to bring balance and fulfilment back into your life.

You don’t have to face phobia alone. Start managing it with a phobia therapist in London today. Our therapist have a many years of experience in helping clients with phobia.

COVID-19 notice: Online and Telephone Phobia Therapy and CBT is now provided for continued care, support and safety. We’re here to help. No matter what.

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    What happens after I make an enquiry?

    After receiving your enquiry, we’ll contact you to organise a FREE phone consultation. You will tell us more about your specific circumstances and needs and ask any questions you have. Then, if you want to proceed with therapy or counselling, we’ll match you with the therapist(s) with the best expertise to help you with your challenges and send you a list of their available appointment slots. If you’re satisfied with one of these, we can then go ahead and book your first appointment. You can also request to work with a specific practitioner, and, depending on availability, we’ll try to accommodate this.

    What happens at my first appointment with the therapist?

    Your first session will likely be different from future appointments. You and your therapist will get to know each other and will begin to build a working alliance. It will be a chance to have the confidential space to express your circumstances, feelings and thoughts and being listened to with depth, attention, empathy and without judgement. Your therapist will likely ask you more about your reasons for seeking therapy and any symptoms you’re experiencing. You may also be asked questions about your past and the history of your issues, as well as how they currently impact your life in the present. Finally, your first session may be a powerful place to discuss what you would like to achieve with therapy and agree on the length, methods, and treatment approaches.

    Is online therapy effective?

    If you choose online over in-person therapy, rest assured that this has been proven to be just as effective as regular face to face therapy, and in some cases, even more effective. Also, choosing online therapy brings additional benefits, for example, avoiding long waiting times, greater flexibility with appointments, and you won’t need to travel to our practice. You can enjoy online therapy from the comfort of your home.

    How long the Therapy/counselling sessions last?

    Therapy/counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are held at regular weekly time slots. On occasions, we can allow some flexibility. You can discuss this with your therapist.

    Do you offer reduced rates/concessions?

    We offer low-cost rates at £60 per session to people with a low income, unemployed, students and NHS workers. Please highlight in your enquiry if you would like a concession rate and how you qualify for this. Depending on the availability of our therapists, we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

    Do you have a cancellation policy?

    We have a 48 hours no-fee cancellation policy. However, you will be charged for sessions missed without giving the full notice.

    Our Practice in Central London

    Our comfortable and confidential therapy rooms are conveniently located 3 min walk from Oxford Circus station, in Central London (see map below). Change starts with Talking!

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