A specific phobia involves a marked, persistent and excessive fear of a specific object or situation e.g. flying, heights, seeing blood, animals/insects. People with specific phobias tend to avoid the feared situation or else put up with it whilst experiencing intense anxiety or distress.
An example of a complex phobia is agoraphobia. This is a fear of being is a situation which might provoke a panic attack or from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, such as being outside the house, being in a crowd or travelling on public transport. Those with agoraphobia tend to avoid these types of situations, which can interfere significantly with their everyday lives.
If you think you have a specific phobia or a complex phobia, you can book a session with one of our psychologists, who are all trained in working with phobias and will ensure you get the help you need.