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Ornithophobia? Not anymore!

Ornithophobia? Not anymore!

Today's blog is a little example of how counselling at Venus may help you.  Whilst this particular case relates to a person who had a terrible fear of birds, (which is called "Ornithophobia" if you're interested!) counselling may be helpful to address a whole range of different issues.

Before I tell you about what happened in this case, let's look at phobias in general in more detail.  The website of Anxiety Care UK tells us,

"Phobias are very common – it is believed that at least one person in 10 is affected at some time in their life. And phobias about animals and birds are among the commonest of all. Pigeons, cats and dogs can be a particular problem, because there are so many of them around. A severe phobia about them can be as disabling as any anxiety disorder. Even fear of rats, frogs and snakes, which most people seldom encounter, can be the cause of much misery in certain circumstances.  

Some people become almost prisoners in their own homes for fear of common creatures like cats and dogs, pigeons and other birds.

Some people are convinced that they will have a panic attack and lose control if they even see film of the creature they fear on TV."

Jo Costi, our Counselling Co-ordinator takes over the story from here,

"So, well done to one of young people clients who worked hard to overcome her fear of birds.

A phobia is an overwhelming fear of an object, situation, feeling, place or an animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when the person feels an exaggerated sense of danger about a situation or object, it can cause a lot of distress.

Some physical symptoms of phobia are

  • unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • increased heart rate
  • shortness of breath
  • trembling or shaking
  • an upset stomach

There are different types of phobia some common examples are:

  • animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders, snakes or rodents
  • environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs
  • situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist or flying
  • bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections

In some cases they can prevent you carrying out everyday activities such as eating out or meeting friends.

This particular client found going into city centres very difficult due to pigeons and could not enjoy things like a picnic or eating out on Holiday.

Through counselling sessions at Venus, the client overcame her fear by creating an "exposure ladder" to birds, starting off with small ideas such as looking at pictures of birds, seeing pigeons and birds in their cages to finally on holiday actually stroking a bird as you can see in our picture, published with permission of the client. She can now enjoy holidays!

Well done you!!"