“The beautiful thing about fear is that when you run to it, it runs away.” ~Robin Sharma


“I spent many years of my life trying to push fear away and running as fast as I could from it. But what I needed to do was to allow myself to lean into fear, to work through it, to face it head on. I needed to show my anxiety and fear that I wasn’t afraid anymore.” ~ Unknown


What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?

A fear is an emotional response to a danger.   

A phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger.   If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is irrational, but you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation might make you anxious. And when you’re exposed to the thing you fear; the terror is automatic and overwhelming. The experience produces so much anxiety that you may go to great lengths to avoid it—inconveniencing yourself or even changing your routine.

 

The chart below gives examples of the difference:



Common Phobias

Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, you can develop phobias of virtually anything. If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a well-paying job offer if you have to ride the elevator to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra 20 miles in order to avoid a tall bridge.  Even though most phobias develop in childhood, they can also develop in later life.


“Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. (Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy!) It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels right now.”

~ Unknown


Testimonials

“When I found Heather, my fear of small spaces was consuming me. She helped me look at my fear differently. She showed me how to be more relaxed.”

Pamela A.

 

“ I am no longer afraid of dogs since I worked with Heather..  This was a fear I had since childhood.”

Elizabeth P.

 

 “I learned several ways to be calmer when I am flying.  It used to be something I would dread.”

Paul F.

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