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Anthony Santen

S.A.C. Dip. (Adv. Psychotherapy) MCH CLC NLP

What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?

A simple way to look at this difference would be that a phobia stops you from continuing with a task. For instance, you have a fear of elevators?
If you are able to step into an elevator, but don't like it, its a fear. If it prevents you from entering the elevator, its a phobia.

A client recently came back from her honeymoon to write me: "I just wanted to say Thank you so much for all your help! I can't quite put into words how grateful I am to have met you. I feel like you gave me my life back. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Fears are real

I'm sure many people tell you that your fear isn't real. Clearly they're mistaken. Your fear is very real to you! You are perceiving the situation as a potential threat and its causing you real feelings.

What if you could go about your daily life with the confidence to face these challenges without having the same fear reaction to them?

Gentle Methods

I use proven methods which are gentle and highly effective to deal with fears and phobias and their root causes. They are far more effective and completely permanent than the typical 'desensitization' methods used in more traditional therapies. In fact, my methods are so gentle and effective that my clients want to recommend this method over all other methods they've tried.

Another client recently sent me an email to tell me: "I can't believe it. Last night I was walking in the city and I saw a rat. There he was, walking along the building, almost as fast as me. And I watched it and said out loud: "Look, there's a rat" and then continued to watch it for a while until it disappeared into a hole. Believe me, before coming to you, this would have been a total freak-out moment that would have lasted for days! I was so calm! Amazing!"