John ○ Fear of heights
I have had a fear of heights for as long as I can remember.
In the past, I have tried to ignore the fear (with no success), hypnosis (again, no success) and I have tried exposure therapy. The exposure therapy would seem to work at times, but then suddenly I’d relapse, either by going somewhere higher, or sometimes even the same location or somewhere lower if I was feeling tired or worn out. Once the relapse happened, I would be back where I started, and would have to begin the therapy all over again. It became very frustrating, and I gave up on it.
"Just one, intense but brief, exposure and their treatment cured my fear of heights."
Denise ○ Fear of spiders
"I came to a point where I realized I no longer wanted to be guided by my fear of spiders. Looking at it 'rationally', that fear was ridiculous and out of line anyway. Google lead me to Kindt Clinics and I read that 1 treatment could cure your fear. I liked that: Bring it on, I thought!...
"It was a bizarre experience to (...) suddenly feel no fear response anymore in your body."
Arinde ○ Fear of snakes
“The Netherlands is one of the few countries that doesn’t really have a lot of snakes,” says Arinde, an undergraduate student at Leiden University. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old says she’s been afraid of them for as long as she can remember. There isn’t a specific trigger that comes to mind, she says; it could be the fact that they don’t have feet, or that they use their tongues to smell. Once Arinde tried to watch an episode of the wildlife documentary series Planet Earth that featured a snake, but her breathing sped up and she began to panic. Even though it was only on-screen, the presence of the snake felt unbearable.
“My brain sometimes still doesn’t understand why I’m not afraid."
Zane ○ PTSD
“I tried everything, from drinking to going to Bali to learn Buddhism to spending time in the woods,” says Zane, a Canadian veteran who served with the German military and was deployed in Afghanistan. But nothing could suppress the nightmarish memories of his time in Kabul, including one particular firefight that he couldn’t seem to shake. A month after he left the military in 2004 and returned home to Toronto, Zane started experiencing flashbacks. He would get sweaty and confused and begin to dissociate from the world around him. He also started to get chest pains, and he was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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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.