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Phobias occur as a result of sensitization, in which you learned to associate anxiety to a particular situation. Once sensitization occurs being near that situation or perhaps just thinking about that particular situation triggers anxiety. A normal response is to avoid that situation and thereby avoid feeling anxious. When you always avoid a situation it is now a phobia. If a phobic reaction is interfering significantly in your enjoyment of life we can work together in a gentle way to slowly desensitize, or unlearn, the connection between anxiety and particular situation.