Phobia Treatment Buffalo NY

Phobia treatment helps people suffering from phobias, which are unrealistic and irrational fears. People with phobias often have panic attacks. Treatment may include exposure therapy, which gradually exposes the patient to the phobia trigger, as well as a type of therapy called participant modeling. See below for more information and to gain access to qualified anxiety disorder specialists in Buffalo, NY who provide phobia treatment.

Mr. William Oldfield
Attention Deficit Disorder and Family Counseling Center
(716) 838-2811
3620 Harlem Road Suite #7
Cheektowaga, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSWR
Licensed in New York
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Learning Disabilities, P
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Lewis Bigler
Bigler Counseling
(716) 634-0658
4476 Main Street Suite 204 Snyder Square
Amherst, NY
Credentials
Credentials: M.Div, MA, AAPC, LMHC
Licensed in New York
51 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Persona
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Hayden Carruth
(716) 839-3074
3960 Harlem Road
Buffalo, NY, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Ellen Silver
Ellen Silver, LCSW
(716) 677-5418
3802 Seneca Street
West Seneca, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/R
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Paul V. Olczak
(716) 632-1523
278 Troy Del Way
Williamsville, NY
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Northern Illinois University
Credentialed Since: 1977-10-18

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Michael Moses
(716) 695-0008
408 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University at Buffalo/SUNY
Credentialed Since: 1978-03-21

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Marlene Cheryl Butensky
(716) 839-5702
279 Getzville Rd
Buffalo, NY
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University at Buffalo/SUNY
Credentialed Since: 1987-06-01

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Bruce Jack Pace
(716) 837-6705
WNY Psychotherapy Services
Amherst, NY
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Family Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Fielding Graduate University
Credentialed Since: 2006-05-29

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Ms. Nancy Martina
Nancy M. Martina LCSWR
(716) 633-6863
5784 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSWR
Licensed in New York
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Phobias, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Genco
(716) 440-2580
8899 Main Street
Williamsville, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
19 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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What is a Phobia? - How are phobias treated?

How are phobias treated

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder, the most common of all the mental disorders. Many people misunderstand these disorders and think people should be able to overcome the symptoms by sheer willpower. But, the symptoms can't be willed or wished away. There are treatments, developed through research, that work well for these disorders.

Anxiety disorders are treated in two ways - with medication and with certain types of psychotherapy (sometimes called "talk therapy"). Sometimes only one treatment is used or both treatments are combined. If you have an anxiety disorder, talk with your doctor about what will work best for you. If you do choose psychotherapy, make sure the therapist is able to provide you with medication, if needed.

A number of drugs used for treating depression , called antidepressants, have been found to help with anxiety disorders as well. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are used, along with the newer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other medicines include anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepines and beta-blockers.

Treatment with psychotherapy includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy. In CBT, the goal is to change how a person thinks about, and then reacts to, a situation that makes them anxious or fearful. In behavioral therapy, the focus is on changing how a person reacts to a situation. CBT or behavioral therapy most often lasts for 12 weeks. It can be group or individual therapy. With phobias, a type of CBT called desensitization or exposure therapy is sometimes used. This involves slowly exposing the person to what frightens them until the fear begins to fade. Relaxation and breathing exercises can also help reduce anxiety symptoms. Some studies have shown that the benefits of CBT or behavioral therapy last longer than do those of medications for people with phobias.

Keep in mind that it can be a challenge to find the right treatment for an anxiety disorder. But, if one treatment doesn't work, the odds are good that another one will. Your doctor and therapist will work together to help you find the best approach. New treatments are being developed through ongoing research. So, don't give up hope. If you have recovered from an anxiety disorder and it comes back at a later date, don't think that you've failed. You can be treated again. And, the skills you learned dealing with the disorder the first time can help you in coping with it again.

What can I do to help myself if I have a phobia?

Many people find it helps to join a support group because they can share their problems and successes with others who are going through the same thing. While it doesn't take the place of mental health care, talking with trusted friends or a member of your faith community can also be very helpful. Family members can pla...

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