If you or someone you care about “gets anxious” or “feels panicky”
in certain situations, Jen offers a tangible resource that can make a
In addition to her work as a personal coach, Jen separately works as
a certified phobia counselor with clients who have specific phobias or pronounced fears.
Jen received her training and certification from the world-renowned Anxiety & Phobia Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital in Westchester, NY, where exposure therapy was pioneered by
Dr. Manuel Zane more than 35 years ago.
Through in-person, guided exposure therapy, Jen educates and
assists individuals one-on-one in how to gradually enter phobic situations, manage anxiety… and move beyond fear.
What is a phobia?
As human beings, all of us have experienced the sensation of fear. Some people, however, experience intense, automatic fear that causes them to avoid certain situations or objects. Specific phobias are marked by this involuntary, excessive fear response to an object, place, or situation, accompanied by panic, the urge to withdraw, and avoidance.
The line between fear and phobia gets crossed when a person starts
to avoid everyday situations. For instance, feeling a bit anxious climbing a tall ladder is fairly common. Turning down a job because the office is on the 20th floor is indication of a phobia.
Phobias are the most common type of anxiety disorder, affecting more than one in eight Americans at some time, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
What are some common types of specific phobias?
Specific phobias include fear of:
- Driving (at night, on highways, over bridges or through tunnels)
- Elevators, or other enclosed spaces
- Animals or insects
- Needles, blood, or dentist visits
- Public places (including restaurants, malls, supermarkets,
or public transportation)
What effects do phobias have?
People with specific phobias may know logically that their fear doesn’t make sense, but they still feel unable to control it. Common symptoms of fear include: shortness of breath, sweating, heart palpitations, chest pain, numbness, and dizziness. In certain instances, a person with a phobia may experience a panic attack – terrifying fear accompanied
by the feeling of losing control, the sense of not being able to breathe, or the sensation of having a heart attack.
Fear in certain situations can become so intense that the person with
a phobia will do almost anything to avoid these situations – in an attempt to avoid the fear itself. At its worst, the cycle of fear and avoidance can get in the way of leading a successful career or enjoying a fulfilling personal life. In an effort to avoid the feared object or situation, a person with a phobia may pass up promotions, miss out on family occasions, sacrifice vacations & travel, strain relationships, and lose confidence.
What is exposure therapy?
While a phobia can make the perimeter of a person’s life smaller and smaller, the goal of treatment is to help that person gain freedom from fear, expand the perimeter, and open up possibilities.
Exposure therapy is as much an educational process of re-learning as
What are the benefits of working with Jen?
it is an active process of experiencing objects and situations in a new way. Jen works with you in-person, helping you to break down what feels overwhelming into manageable steps, supporting you in gradually entering the phobic situation – one step at a time.
Jen’s respect and compassion for her clients means that she is by your side each step of the way, allowing you to set a pace that is comfortable for you. Not only will you learn and master the most powerful tools to manage anxiety, but you will gain the inner confidence that comes from turning what seemed unreachable into something quite doable.
- an educator and ally to count on
- a set of effective strategies, tools, and techniques to manage anxiety
- real-time practice with permission to move at your own pace
- motivation, encouragement, accountability, and compassion
- a true sense of mastery and self-confidence
- the ability to manage fear, lower anxiety…and beat your phobia
The results of exposure therapy can be life-changing. Just plain feeling better is a big one! Newfound independence is another. Being able to
go places and do things you couldn’t before is profound. With fear lifted, new opportunities can emerge in a person’s career and personal life.
Walk through fear…and you can go anywhere.
You or someone you care about can learn to overcome fear. If there is
a part of you that is excited by the idea of gaining freedom from fear, but another part of you that is unsure about it, Jen welcomes speaking with you to learn more about your unique needs and goals. She is glad to answer any questions you might have and share more information about her services.
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