Specific phobias belong to cluster of anxiety disorders defined as an extreme, irrational fear of or aversion to a specific object or situation. Phobias can be disabling and cause severe emotional distress, leading to other anxiety disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, and substance-related disorders, especially alcohol abuse or dependence. Research has found that specific phobias respond well to CBT.
Maria Karagounia has graduated from the City University of Seattle B.A. in Applied Psychology and in 2018 she had the Bolton University MSc in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies.