Kindt Clinics can help you overcome your needle phobia
Our team, comprised of several experienced psychologists and a general practitioner, specializes in the treatment of fears and phobias. Together, we believe in the freedom offered by a life lived without unnecessary fear.
Live a life free of needle phobia
Hardly anyone enjoys being injected with a needle. Indeed, fearing injections, blood, blood draws, or intravenous drips is relatively common. It is when this fear is extreme and results in avoiding recommended medical treatments that it is considered a phobia.
For people suffering from a needle phobia, being injected with a needle will cause the body to react as though the needle poses a severe threat. This fear may be overwhelming and take over the mind and body. Such a severe fear reaction could result from a fear of the needle itself, or of related things, such as fainting as a result of the injection. Such an extreme fear reaction could inhibit an individual from accepting the medical care they need.
Fortunately, needle and injection phobias are usually treatable.
Symptoms of needle phobia
At Kindt Clinics, we treat needle phobia in a single day
Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt from the University of Amsterdam. After twenty years of research, she developed the fast and effective Memrec method to treat fears and phobias. At Kindt Clinics, we welcome people from all over the world.
Standard Dutch health insurance reimburses needle phobia treatment
Kindt Clinics' needle phobia treatment falls under basic health insurance coverage in the Netherlands ('ongecontracteerde basis-ggz'). That is why it is always largely or fully compensated.
Individuals seeking our treatment from other countries pay a fixed hourly fee for the treatment.
Other people's experiences
“At the test appointment I was calm and had an injection placed in my upper arm. I was in disbelief because this had never happened before. Instead of screaming, drenched in tears and unable to sit still, I now sat quietly and wondered why I had ever been afraid. ”
“Positive, very kind and very caring. I felt taken seriously and in a safe environment. Thanks for the therapy, it helped me very well. ”
Frequently asked questions about our needle phobia treatment
We consider a treatment successful once your fear stops being an obstacle to you living your life. You don’t need to look forward to receiving a blood test or vaccine, but you should be able to handle medical procedures involving needles and should no longer feel the need to avoid or refuse them.
The day after the treatment, you should notice immediately that the strong physical fear response you have felt when getting an injection has disappeared. Nevertheless, you may still feel somewhat tense. This is partially because feeling a bit tense before getting an injection is a natural and healthy reaction, and partially because your mind still needs to catch up with your body. That is to say, your mind still needs to learn and gain confidence in the fact that your intense fear response will not return.
A significant proportion of people with a needle phobia suffer from a severe physical reaction to seeing, and sometimes even to hearing about, needles or blood. In many cases, these physical feelings are an innate overreaction of the parasympathetic nervous system. The body is reacting as if it is in serious physical danger and attempts to protect itself from physical harm. Seeking to minimize blood loss that could result in the case of injury, for instance, the parasympathetic nervous system will lower your blood pressure, which can result in feelings of dizziness and nausea.
Unfortunately, not much can be done about this bodily reaction. However, fear often makes it worse. For instance, accelerated breathing increases lightheadedness. So while this physical sensation will never completely go away, in many cases, treating the fear will make it more bearable.
Every phobia is different. Some people with a needle phobia fear the needle itself. For others, the needle phobia may stem from a fear of blood, the pain an injection can cause, the lack of control involved in receiving an injection, or the fear of fainting as a result of an injection.
We will ask you in depth questions about your fear during the intake interview. We do this so that we understand where it stems from and can address all aspects of it during the treatment.
Say we decide to use a vaccination in your treatment session, but you also fear blood draws, or vice versa. If all goes well, the effect of the treatment extends to all forms of injections. We would be very happy to test the treatment results with different types of injections with you.
83% of injection phobia treatments are successful on the first try. The effect is permanent.
The most important factors contributing to treatment success are, XNUMX) we must be able to properly reactivate the fear and, XNUMX) you must be motivated enough to overcome your fear.
Now that we have a vaccine for COVID-19, we have seen a big increase in the number of people coming to us for needle or injection phobia treatments. We are happy to receive people who are motivated to overcome their fear of receiving the COVID-XNUMX vaccine because this can be treated with the Memrec method. The only situation in which the Memrec method would not be suitable is if the fear stems from a fear of the possible long-term effects of the vaccine. Please feel free to Contact to discuss your situation.