The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Fears and Phobias
BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Fears and Phobias specializes in rapid, permanent, 100% drug-free eradication of uncontrollable phobias and related irrational fears. On average, just 1 to 4 three-hour Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching sessions over the course of about a week as part of our 90-Day Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching program are required to help you achieve substantial or complete relief from your challenge with life-limiting phobias.
What Is A Phobia?
Quite simply, a phobia is a seemingly uncontrollable, usually intense, fear response that occurs in a predictable manner in the presence of a specific environmental stimulus (or combination of stimuli). Some phobic reactions occur only in the presence of a very specific environmental stimulus (e.g. birds, dogs, spiders, mice, snakes, etc.); these are known as single-stimulus phobias.
Some people, however, find themselves experiencing fearful or phobic reactions to an entire class of objects or situations, such as crowds, open spaces, four-legged animals, or intimate conversations with people. Some commonly thought-of "phobias" are, in fact, not really phobias at all. Notable in this class of phobias is agoraphobia, which is really the fear of
experiencing an intense panic attack in some place or location sufficiently distanced from the person's "safe zone" and/or "safe person" that such fear renders the person a prisoner in their own home, afraid to leave the safetyof home. Many clinical professionals consider agoraphobia to be a fear of fear itself.
Although many people have specific fears that can be intensely directed at one or more situations, contexts or things over some limited (or even an ongoing) period of their life, phobias only rise to the level of a clinical problem when the presence of the phobia demands that the person organize their life in some very inconvenient ways so that they can (hopefully!) avoid the phobic stimulus.
How Are Phobias Developed?
Generally speaking, phobias are created as result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You see, anytime a person is in a very intense state (e.g. happiness, sadness, boredom, motivation, hunger, laughter or fear), whatever is going on in their environment at that particular time gets linked up to that intense state in their neurology. This is an example of a very well-known and well-studied learning process called "classical (Pavlovian) conditioning". Classical conditioning happens whenever you pair an intense state (e.g. happiness, sadness, boredom, motivation, depression, fear, etc.) with a unique set of environmental stimuli (i.e. whatever was physically present in the environment at the time you experienced the intense state). Commonly occurring examples of such learning are everyday stimulus-response associations like:
Because fear is such an adaptive even critical emotion, your brain is very, very good at noticing what is going on in your environment when you're experiencing intense fear, and it literally links up that particular set of environmental stimuli that is, whatever you were seeing, hearing, feeling, etc., at the time you experienced the intense fear with the intense emotion.
Unfortunately, however, the same powerful learning process is responsible for development of a phobia. If, for example, one had been chased down the street at age 8 by three large and ferocious looking dogs, the sight and/or the sound of dogs could easily have been linked up at that time with an intense fear state. Thus, weeks, months or even years later, should the person suddenly find herself in the presence of dogs, she could find herself suddenly feeling terribly out of control with fear. Others around that person may have no clue what could be going on, but that's only because they didn't have that particular experience with the dogs earlier on in their life.
What Are The Most Common Forms of Treatment?
The most common form of specialized treatment for phobic problems typically involves behavioral forms of psychotherapy and is often accompanied by the use of anti-anxiety and/or antidepressant medication. Although eventually helpful in some cases, the challenge with behavioral forms of therapy is that it tends to call for repeated, intensely painful exposure to the feared stimulus. When this process is carried out over a period of months, it is known as "progressive desensitization". In its most excruciating form, exposure to the feared stimulus is NOT extended over a period of months instead, it is continued and painfully intensified over a single protracted length of time, often a period of several hours or more in a single setting. This process, appropriately enough, has been termed "flooding".
At BrightLife, we hold that this kind of often horrifically painful "exposure" therapy is absolutely unnecessary, and in our opinion, a shamefully outdated practice.
Just What is "The BrightLife Method"? And How Can You Be So Sure Your Program Will Work For Me?
It's deceptively simple, yet amazingly quick and effective.
You see, our knowledge and understanding of exactly how we each create our own states allows us to apply a relatively unique treatment paradigm to this very special kind of personal change work. Utilizing our breakthrough program of enjoyable mental exercises known as Imagination Creation, we are able to assist our clients to literally (and painlessly!) "paint over" their memories and neuro-associations to past traumatic events. The result of these exercises is now an entirely neutral association to the original setting event or chain of events. This results in a completely benign response now completely devoid of fear and/or anxiety.
In the absence of a known traumatic setting event, we'll spend time with you to discover your particular way of generating this fear or anxiety within yourself. Once we discover your mental "recipe" for creating your fear, we'll assist you in quickly and completely eliminating it, so you just can't get the fear back no matter how hard you try.
These powerful mental exercises can be effective in as little as ten minutes and we can prove it to you right over the phone!
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