Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power and fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. – Jim Morrison
In immersion therapy a therapist takes the steps to walk a patient through a hierarchy of their fear. The patient is exposed to the most tolerable level of their fear and as they become comfortable they move further up the hierarchy until the fear is extinguished. Relaxation exercises are taught to the patient to help deal with each of the steps through the hierarchy. This allows a patient to overcome fears, anxiety, and other disorders through several steps which can take a number of visits.
There are other forms of therapy that of course use the similar method of exposing the patient to their fears. Exposure therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and flooding. There are three types of exposure in exposure therapy. Imagination, in which a patient is asked to imagine their fears in a clinical setting. Real life, in which a patient is directly confronted with their fears. The third is introspective in which a patient confront their bodily symptoms.
With prolonged exposure therapy a patient relives traumatic events. This is achieved though the use of triggers that make the patient relive the trauma as it happened. This method has been extremely effective in treating PTSD. It works by having a patient remember their trauma and recounting it in detail all the while processing it. The patient is not put into any real danger as they would be confronted with objects or situations that bring back the memory.
With flooding a patient is thrown into the deep end at the most extreme point of their fear, they are taught relaxation exercises to help calm them down. It uses in vivo techniques to trigger memories and can be done with virtual reality. The theory behind it is that a person will realize that their fear is unwarranted once they have calmed down.
If someone feels comfortable enough they can attempt doing this on their own. In extreme cases this would not be recommended but for some smaller things it would be worth a try. One thing that can be used for a relaxation technique is EFT. While psychologists see EFT as pseudo science and as a placebo the tapping can be used to relax with. A faster and easy to learn form of EFT is Faster EFT, search for the channel HealingMagic on YouTube for videos. Remember not to put yourself in real danger when you do this. What you would want to do is use YouTube videos or movies that might bring back the memories of the trauma. You could then face your fears find your freedom and live life as you have always wanted to.
Facing your fears and finding your freedom can be done. There is all the scientific evidence to back it up and it has been used for decades in treating disorders. Learn about each of the methods that have been explained here and if you are comfortable enough, try them yourself. EFT can help even if it’s just a placebo to get you through the scary parts. Face your fears, find your freedom, live your dreams!