Presenting problem: Help for a bird phobia
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1
C arrived for therapy with a number of different problems and a clinical diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Quite simply, she was in a daily state of peak anxiety, with multiple triggers causing her brain to be on continuous high alert and her body to be bombarded with the hormones associated with stress response.
Unsurprisingly, C was constantly exhausted and desperately unhappy. Her ‘miracle wish’ was not to be scared of life and everyday living.
At the first appointment we made a list of all the things which triggered fear and anxiety, and proceeded to work our way through the list over the next few sessions.
Near the top of the list, C said she needed help for a bird phobia, which she’d had since a young child. Pigeons, in particular, were a big problem. C did not like the noise pigeons made or the way they moved, or that they could suddenly appear out of nowhere, which frightened her. One of her coping strategies was to avoid public places wherever possible which, although life-limiting, had served its purpose quite well until a few months ago, when she had landed a new job.
C’s new job involved long shift patterns and a trip through external walkways if she needed to use the company’s facilities. Along one of the paths outside, pigeons were nesting and frequently took to wandering around and inside any open doors. Early on, C had stopped having tea breaks or, in fact, drinking anything at all whilst at work, in her efforts to negate the need to walk past the pigeons. On the occasion that a pigeon made its way through her office door, she would have a full-blown panic attack.
Rating her fear as a solid 10 on a scale of 1 -10 (10 high), we set to work using BWRT® to help resolve this deeply embedded fear. C had no desire to suddenly like pigeons, she just wanted not to worry about them, to be unfazed and just carry on doing whatever she was doing if she encountered one, safe in the knowledge that a pigeon could not harm her and would eventually fly away.
The success of this session was felt the very next day when C went to work. Returning home, she got in touch to say that she had been able to walk outside during her work shift, easily moving past the pigeon’s nest, without any fear response whatsoever. By the time we had finished resolving all the issues on C’s list, a few weeks later, she reported that her working day was so much less stressful now that she no longer worried about the pigeons, adding that she was really happy to join her colleagues outside during tea-breaks, to enjoy a chat and a cuppa.
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