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Zoophobia

Sebastian
October 27th, 2005, 01:59 PM
I hope this is the right section in which to post this topic.


Someone in my family is zoophobic, meaning that she's afraid of all animals, especially dogs. She does not want to admit it's a phobia, she just prefers to label it as fear/disgust. She's been like this since she was bitten by her dog during her teen years. It's been a while and I really don't like seeing her terrorized by animals or being forced to compromise her life (once she even turned down a job because there was a dog there, even if he was really nice). Therefore, I would like to know if anybody knows about a good therapist or specialist with zoophobia in Montreal, Canada or if you know about good ressources on this particular phobia. Your experience with this issue is also very welcome.


thank you,

Sebastian

CyberKitten
October 27th, 2005, 03:08 PM
Montreal has a shortage of psychiatrists and mental health personnel at the moment but you might contact Dr Bryan Knight, MSW, PhD Tel: 514-332-7902. He advises ppl to leave message and he will call back within 24 hours.

Office is located on Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC, Canada, H4B 1R7

He is avail by phone or email drknight@hypnosis.org

Note - his pratice includes hypnosis and I do not know if this is a therapy she wants to engage in. There are other desensitization methods. I doubt you will find someone who specializes in zoophobia alone unless you go to New York City.

Good luck!

Sebastian
October 27th, 2005, 03:16 PM
thank you,

Sebastian

Lucky Rescue
October 27th, 2005, 04:58 PM
She might try calling the Montreal General. Someone told me that phobias are dealt with there, but I dont' know.

In fact, I'm thinking of going myself, due to my arachnaphobia.:(

Roxy's_MA
October 27th, 2005, 05:13 PM
In fact, I'm thinking of going myself, due to my arachnaphobia.:(

I have that problem too. I once had to wake my mom up at 3 AM to kill a spider in my room. Luckily now I have my Roxy and KC. They are always up to eating a spider for me.

Sebastian
October 27th, 2005, 09:09 PM
She might try calling the Montreal General. Someone told me that phobias are dealt with there, but I dont' know.

In fact, I'm thinking of going myself, due to my arachnaphobia.:(


I was told the same thing. But, I couldn't find more info. Plus, I wonder if they make you wait like they usually do in hospitals.


I think I was afraid of spiders when I was young, but the fear disappeared.

Puppyluv
October 27th, 2005, 09:19 PM
Generally, when you have an appointment at the hospital, you don't spend the same waiting time that you would if you dropped in to say the ER. You may have a bit of a wait (comparable to a GP's office) but nothing unbearable.

Prin
October 27th, 2005, 09:24 PM
The Royal Vic is supposed to have great psychiatrists. I know one therapist that specializes in anxiety and depression, but I don't know if she'd be the best for phobias.

What we did for my bf's aunt was we bombarded her with books about doggy behavior. Books with pics to show doggy body language and stuff, so that she can recognize the signs and the expressions better. We just had her first encounter in June and it went well. Boo brushed up against her and she didn't faint. :) The thing is, your person has to want it too. My bf's aunt has a disabled son who has seizures and she wants to be able to get him a seizure dog one day, so she has to get over her fear. She was mauled when she was little, so it's really hard.

Puppyluv
October 27th, 2005, 09:50 PM
The "father" of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (Dr Habib Davanloo) is at the MGH. While this type of therapy doesn't specifically deal with phobias, it could be a very good option, depending on the way your relative "is". (I don't know how else to put that, but what I mean is, depending on whether she needs the calming soothing "everything is going to be all right, so just cry it all out of your system" type of therapy or the intense, forcefull, "get it out of your system, kicking and screaming if you have to" type of therapy. If she would respond well to the latter, then ISTDPT could really help.

Lucky Rescue
October 27th, 2005, 10:07 PM
I have that problem too. I once had to wake my mom up at 3 AM to kill a spider in my room.

It's so humiliating. When I was single and living in an apartment, I had to get my mother to take a TAXI to my place to kill a spider. It was really big though, even my cats were afraid of it!

I've had many other even more embarassing incidents.:(

Sebastian
October 27th, 2005, 11:13 PM
Tanks for all your replies,


The problem with her is that she does not really want to face her phobia(s) (she has more than one, but zoophobia is the strongest). She seems to think that if you have a phobia you're crazy and, at the same time, she always plays down her phobia saying that probably most people are afraid of animals, that it is not necessary for her to do that, etc. etc. I am trying to make her face her fears, but I'm obviously not an expert and a therapist would do much better. I don't even want her to become a dog lover (altho I strongly think she would if she weren't afraid of them anymore) but to simply be in control of herself when she's in presence of animals.

As for therapies, I was mainly thinking about CBT (Cognitive-Behavior Therapy) but I am willing to find out about other therapies as well.

I didn't know about the existence of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, I will find out more about it. Do you have a link or a phone number for this center at the MGH?


During the years, I've tried to expose her to animals, animal stories and the like, and while she thinks they're cute - especially the baby ones - she has to be behind a locked door or at least 50 meters away from even the smallest and helpless ones.

Lucky Rescue
October 28th, 2005, 10:13 AM
My husband was like that. Wouldn't admit he had a phobia of snakes, just said that he "didn't like them." Some people have a hard time admitting fear of anything.

I feel very sorry for your relative. I know how phobias impact your daily life, and since she is afraid of so many things, it must be hell for her.:(

Puppyluv
October 28th, 2005, 10:54 AM
I read a couple of medical journals today during my oh so productive break, and it seems that there has been a lot of progress of the Short Term Dynamic Therapy on the topic of phobias. I haven't included them here, because they are about 20 pages of medical jargon, and they cost if I'm not getting them at school.

Dr Davanloo is at the MGH Adult Psychiatry unit, phone number 934 - 1934
extension: 42057.

He may not accept her himself, but if he can't he will reccomend one of his coworkers, all of them are very experienced in the field.

Prin
October 28th, 2005, 01:20 PM
What a sad life with no animals. I can't imagine. :(

CyberKitten
October 28th, 2005, 01:33 PM
The journals are prob avail (I say prob b.c I am not sure which ones you mean - and there are a plethora of journals as you doubtless know) on Lexus Nexus or other databases and if your hospital subscribes,, surely someone there has a password.

There may be a therapist who specializes in animal phobias in NYC or possibly Toronto but I know of none offhand in Mtl - just the one I mentioned who works with phobias in general. It is prob faster to get an appt to see a social worker (who works in that field) or a psychologist than it would be to see a psychiatrist - many of whom practice in several areas of interest. A visit to a psychiatrist requires a referral from a family physician and then a wait time while the others may require less time and a referral is not always required. I just know we here have a shortage on psychiatrists and Quebec's is even more acute.

It also might depend on how she wants to pay for the treatment too. A referral to a psychiatrist - if the treatment is deemed necessary by her GP and the psychiatrist - would be covered under Quebec's medical plan. The visit to a social worker - could also be covered if it is for medical reasons - or by her insurance.