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Phobias

Private phobia treatment, therapy, counselling and support in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

Welcome to Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our private outpatient clinic that provides highly specialised therapy and counselling for phobia.

Our clinic is home to some of the leading phobia specialists in London, who are dedicated to providing effective therapy for individuals suffering from phobia.

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What are phobias?


Symptoms of phobia can range from mild to severe and can impact an individual's quality of life, relationships, and daily activities. We understand that phobias can be debilitating, and we're here to help you overcome your fear and reclaim your life.


Our phobia specialists are highly trained and experienced in providing effective therapy for individuals suffering from phobia. Contact us today to book an appointment and take the first step towards overcoming your phobia.


Our team of leading London phobia specialists has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating phobias of all types, including:

  • Social phobia (fear of social situations)

  • Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces or public places)

  • Specific phobias (fear of specific objects or situations, such as heights, spiders, or flying)

  • Emetophobia (fear of vomiting, being physically sick, throwing up)


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we believe in providing patients with the necessary tools and skills to manage their phobia in the long term. Our therapy sessions may be complemented by our various specialist-led groups or our treatment programme for adults with mental health conditions. We also offer ongoing support to our patients to ensure that they have the necessary support to maintain their progress.


Getting a medical diagnosis for a phobia


The first step in treating a phobia is to get a proper diagnosis. Our phobia specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea diagnose phobias using a variety of methods, including:

  • A detailed history of your phobia: This will include questions about the onset of your fear, the specific objects or situations that you fear, and how your fear has impacted your life.

  • A physical exam: This is to rule out any medical causes of your symptoms.

  • Psychological testing: This may include tests to assess your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to your phobia.


Some of the symptoms that may be associated with a phobia include:

  • Excessive fear and anxiety: This is the hallmark symptom of a phobia. The fear is often so intense that it can interfere with your daily life.

  • Avoidance: You may avoid the object or situation that you fear, even if it means missing out on important activities.

  • Physical symptoms: These may include sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and a racing heart.

  • Cognitive distortions: These are negative thoughts and beliefs about the object or situation that you fear. For example, you may believe that the object or situation is dangerous or that you will not be able to cope with it.


The specific symptoms that you experience will vary depending on the type of phobia that you have. For example, someone with a fear of heights may experience dizziness and nausea when they are near a high place. Someone with a fear of spiders may experience a panic attack if they see a spider.


Our phobia specialists will use all of the information that they gather to make an informed diagnosis. Once you have been diagnosed, we can develop a personalised treatment plan to help you overcome your fear.


If you are struggling with a phobia, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for help. We are here to support you on your journey to recovery.

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Get in touch with our London phobia specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea


If you need support for yourself or a loved one struggling with a phobia, please reach out to our caring team in London today. We have appointments available in as little as 24 hours so you can begin treatment with minimal wait.


To access private treatment as swiftly as possible, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.


How much does phobia treatment cost?


The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

We offer specialist therapy for treating phobias in London


Our patient-centred approach includes a comprehensive diagnosis process and evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapies.


As a patient at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can expect a supportive and caring environment where your needs are our top priority. Throughout your treatment, we will work closely with you to ensure that you are making progress towards your goals.


Phobia recovery timings and rates vary depending on the individual and the severity of their phobia. However, our evidence-based treatments have been shown to be highly effective in helping patients manage their phobias and achieve their goals.


Cognitive-behavioural therapy for phobias


CBT is a widely recognised and highly effective form of therapy for phobias. It works by identifying the negative thoughts and behaviours associated with the phobia and replacing them with positive, rational ones.


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our specialists utilise CBT to deliver expert therapy for phobias. Through regular sessions, patients are provided with the necessary tools and skills to manage their phobia in the long term.


CBT with our phobia specialists can be accessed via one-to-one therapy or through our group therapy sessions.


Group therapy for phobias


In addition to individual therapy, group therapy can also be highly effective in treating phobias. Group therapy provides our patients with a supportive environment in which they can share their experiences and learn from others who are going through similar struggles.


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we have various groups available throughout the week that anyone with a phobia can access. Our experienced therapists lead these groups, which involve learning and practising techniques to manage anxiety and overcome phobias.


Groups can be accessed as part of our specialised treatment programme for adults with mental health conditions or as singular pay-as-you-go sessions.

Exposure therapy for phobias


Exposure therapy is a type of therapy that involves gradually exposing you to the object or situation that you fear. This is done in a safe and controlled environment and with the support of your phobia therapist.


Exposure therapy can help you to overcome your fear by gradually desensitizing you to the object or situation.


Medication for phobias


While talking therapies are the primary treatment for phobias, medication can also be helpful in managing symptoms.


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we have leading Consultant Psychiatrists working within our multidisciplinary team who can prescribe medication if necessary.


Our specialists take the time to carefully evaluate each patient's individual needs and create a tailored treatment plan that may include medication along with therapy.


Our Chelsea clinic offers world-class facilities for providing counselling for phobias


Our private outpatient clinic in Chelsea, London, is a comfortable and welcoming environment where you can receive the best possible care for your phobia. Our facilities are designed to make you feel relaxed and at ease so you can focus on your treatment.


Our clinic has six consulting rooms, three group therapy rooms and a large patient lounge. We also have a wealth of resources on phobias and mental health, as well as a team of dedicated staff who are available to support you throughout your treatment.


We understand that phobias can be a difficult and isolating experience, so we make sure that our facilities are as comfortable and supportive as possible. We believe that this helps to make the treatment process more successful and straightforward.

Key features of our phobia counselling in London

  • Private and confidential: Your phobia therapy will be conducted in a private and confidential setting, so you can feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings.

  • Comfortable and welcoming: Our facilities are designed to be comfortable and welcoming, so you can relax and focus on your treatment.

  • Supportive staff: Our staff are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. They are available to support you throughout your phobia treatment, and they will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • Evidence-based treatment: We use evidence-based treatments for phobias, which have been shown to be effective in helping people overcome their fears.

  • Flexible scheduling: We offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Get caring and conveniently located phobia therapy in London at Schoen Clinic


Our private outpatient clinic for people with a phobia is located in Chelsea, London, but patients can easily access our counselling from anywhere around Greater London. We are easily accessible by public transport, and there is also parking available for those who prefer to drive.


The nearest train/Underground station is Sloane Square, which is just a short walk from our clinic. There are also several underground stations within walking distance, including South Kensington, Knightsbridge, and Westminster.


If you are driving, there is parking available in the surrounding streets and several nearby car parks.


Our clinic is fully accessible for people with disabilities. We have step-free access and lifts in the building, and our consulting rooms are all wheelchair accessible.

We understand that people with phobias may be anxious about travelling to our clinic. However, we want to assure you that we have made every effort to make our clinic as accessible and welcoming as possible.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialist phobia therapists are here to help you recover


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we take a highly specialised approach to the treatment of phobias. We believe that the best way to overcome a phobia is to address it from multiple angles.


Our multidisciplinary team of specialists includes psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists. We work together to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.


Individual therapy is a key component of our treatment approach with most patients attending weekly sessions. During individual therapy, you will work with a Schoen Clinic specialist to identify and challenge the negative thoughts and beliefs that are contributing to your fear. You will also learn coping skills to help you manage your anxiety.


Additional details about our approach to the treatment of phobias:

  • We use a variety of evidence-based techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and relaxation techniques.

  • We offer both individual and group therapy.

  • We are committed to providing you with the highest quality care.


The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your phobia and your individual progress. However, most people see significant improvement within a few months.


We also believe that family members can play an important role in the treatment of phobias. In some cases, we may recommend that family members attend therapy sessions with you. This can help them to understand your phobia and how they can support you in your recovery.

Dr James Woolley

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr James Woolley

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Chartered Psychologist

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Dr Daniel Masud

Consultant General & Addictions Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Daniel Masud

Dr Adrienne Key

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Adrienne Key

Jahanara Khatun

Counselling Psychologist

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