Defined as an extreme or irrational fear of animals and people (e.g. snakes, spiders, mice, clowns, doctors), objects (e.g. cars, trains), situations (social events, public speaking, medical procedures, flying, failure) or places (e.g. heights, lifts, darkness). Phobias can have a serious impact on well-being and mental health if left untreated. The mental and physical symptoms of a phobia range from light nervousness and mild apprehensive feelings to panic attacks. Physical symptoms include: racing heath, breathing with difficulty, chest pains or tightness, dizziness, trembling, sweating, hot-cold flushes. Emotional and mental symptoms include: overwhelming panic or fear, strong need to escape, feeling detached from yourself, fear of loosing control or ‘one’s mind’, feeling like passing out or dying, distress. Seeking help is important if the symptoms affect one’s ability to function effectively. Psychotherapy is a proven and effective method of treating phobias.