Overcoming fears

I have a fear of something and I want to face that fear to overcome it, but I don't know how. What can I do?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Your fear may have deeper roots within your sense of who you are, than you realize.   Fears are sometimes irrational so that logic doesn't get rid of them.

Think about whether you felt secure and confident as a child.  Also, did any major bad events happen to you with other people or situations when you were growing up?

Often these overwhelming situations of childhood stay with us as fears of situations in our adult lives.  If the root of the problem w the fear is from long ago, then probably a therapist who can ask you questions which help you remember upsetting childhood circumstances, may help you to dissolve the current fear.

Another possibility is CBT, cognitive behavior therapy which teaches people short term mantras to do something which is safe, say being a passenger in a commercial airplane, which feels frightening to a person.

CBT is short term and results are limited to specific fears.  

It is a much quicker approach than self-understanding.

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