A phobia is defined as an irrational fear. Snakes and spiders are two of the most feared subjects of all time, although this negative reputation is mostly undeserved. Phobias can interfere with daily life in ways that trigger anxiety in everyday situations or by causing a person to avoid certain activities.
Take our friend Ann for example. She stumbled into a snake at her cottage, and found the encounter so unnerving, she didn’t want to go back. She was even considering selling the property! After attending our phobia course, she felt much better and enjoys her cottage with her mind at ease!
Toronto Star Phobia Article
The course takes place over four sessions an hour a piece. There are no surprises, and your teachers will pace themselves based on your level of comfort. In the beginning we start by familiarizing you with the subject of your fear; busting common myths and answering your questions. You will learn how to avoid the animals and what to do in situations if you encounter them. As you become increasing more comfortable we bring out pictures and artefacts such as skins and bones for you to interact with. The next step is observing the animals in their exhibits, and learning why they behave the way that they do.
Eventually the zookeepers will go in exhibits with animals to show how they behave and react to a foreign presence or what they do when threatened. Ultimately by the end of the course we hope that you will be able to interact with the subject of your fear with a much different perspective than the one you started out with!