Presenting problem: Bird Phobia
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1
C arrives with a clinical diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. She is in a daily state of high anxiety, with multiple situations causing her brain to be hyper-vigilant.
Unsurprisingly, she is exhausted and desperately unhappy, and her ‘miracle wish’ is not to be scared of life and everyday living.
At our first appointment we make a list of all the things which trigger C’s fear and anxiety.
Near the top, she has written ‘birds’. I ask her to tell me more and she explains that she’s been frightened of birds since early childhood, pigeons in particular.
She doesn’t like the noise pigeons make or the way they move, and that they can suddenly appear out of nowhere. One of her coping strategies is to avoid being outside in public wherever possible which, whilst restrictive, has served its purpose quite well until recently.
C has a new job that involves long shift patterns and a trip through an external walkway if she needs to use the company’s facilities. Pigeons are nesting along the path and wandering about, sometimes through open doorways.
Such is her distress at the thought of having to walk past the pigeons, C has stopped drinking anything during her shift – despite feeling faint with thirst – to avoid any need to leave her office. She tells me that she keeps the door closed, too, even though it’s the height of Summer, because she is frightened of having a panic attack if a pigeon should stroll in.
C has no desire to like pigeons, she just wants to stop being bothered by them, to be unfazed and just carry on doing whatever she is doing if she encounters one, safe in the knowledge that it will not harm her and will eventually fly away.
When she finishes her shift the day after our session, C gets in touch and excitedly tells me that she ventured outside the office and easily walked past the pigeons’ nest, without any fear response.
She is beyond happy, she says, just to be ‘normal’, and can’t wait to join her new colleagues tomorrow at tea-break time, when they go outside for a chat and a cuppa.
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