Phobias – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Phobias: People can develop an intense and overwhelming fear of a specific thing, and this can be very disruptive to people’s lives. Common phobias include public speaking, snakes, spiders and other animals, and germs, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. People with phobias will often go to great pains to avoid that phobic object or anything that makes them think about it.

Counselling Approach: I work with people with phobias to understand the history of the phobia, and figure out when it developed, and when it became a serious problem. I will often use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) to treat phobias, because if it works, it tends to bring relief quickly. EMDR involved identifying key memories associated with the phobia, and reliving those memories in the safety of the therapy room. CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is another option for treatment, and involves gradual exposure to the feared object, broken down into manageable steps.

Dr Catherine Hynes PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422