For example, if you are so scared of spiders that it affects you almost every day, that you check every room, avoid every place where you might possibly encounter a spider or spider web, then there is a spider phobia. You suffer not only from the anxiety itself, but also from all the nice things and activities that you have to deny yourself as a result of that fear, even if you can live with it in many cases.
You know it is not rational, but you feel anxious when you are confronted with your fear. You can even feel fear by thinking about this situation. Symptoms are faster heart beat, shaking, sweating, faster breathing and possibly a panic attack.
The Memrec Method can be effective for specific phobias for almost anything that we can actually confront you with during the treatment.
Watch a phobia treatment
Please note: this video contains images of spiders and other insects.
What phobia do you have?
Use our search engine to find out more about your phobia. Did you know there are thousands of phobias, and that around ten percent of the people has a phobia? Many of these phobias may well be treated, but not all. Get in touch with us or complete the self test to find out if we can treat your fear.
Types of specific phobias
A specific phobia is an unreasonable or irrational fear related to a very particular and specific subject, such as:
- certain animals (such as spiders, snakes or dogs)
- certain activities (such as flying, swimming or driving a car)
- certain situations (such as thunder, or height)
- certain objects (such as needles or dolls)
- certain people (such as doctors, clowns or criminals)
This type of anxiety disorder can nowadays be treated very effectively.
Social anxiety disorder
If one is (excessively) afraid of the opinion or criticism of others, afraid to do something shameful, or to react wrong or strange, one speaks of a social phobia. Such a fear shows similarities with normal embarrassment or insecurity, but can negatively affect daily life because of its excessive form. Since one can only deal with the dreaded situations, places or people with the greatest difficulty, one desperately tries to avoid them. This actually keeps the anxiety disorder alive and can lead to social isolation. For most social fears, the Memrec Method is not effective, unfortunately.
An excessive fear of one very specific social situation (for example, to do a presentation, to eat in a restaurant, or to attend a wedding), is called specific social anxiety disorder. These fears show strong similarities with non-social specific phobias (such as a fear for dogs, or spiders) and can often be treated with the Memrec Method
Treatment of phobias
The Memrec-methode often works well for specific phobias. There are two main success factors for a successful treatment. First of all: we need to be able to expose you to your fear during the treatment, which will strongly trigger your fear. And secondly: you are willing and able to immerse yourself into the fear for once, during the treatment.
What we do during Memrec treatments is briefly but intensely trigger the fear, by confronting you with the object or situation of your fear. This is how we activate the memory connections that are responsible for the fear. If you go a step further than you normally would, this creates the opportunity to break these neurological connections. This may sound strange, but your brain will actually do this by itself during your sleep, like it continually processes new experiences. From now on, you will no longer feel tense or anxious when you face the object or situation that you feared. This sudden effect is often hard to believe, so we let you experience it yourself. This is why you come back to our clinic one more time to test (and experience!) if the fear has indeed disappeared. 8 out of 10 customers has overcome their fear after one treatment session.
Kindt Clinics is founded by Dr. Merel Kindt, Professor at the University of Amsterdam. In cooperation with other scientists, she developed a new treatment method that quickly and effectively treats phobias and PTSD.
For 8 out of 10 people, the fear disappears after one treatment session.