Workshop: Treating Arachnophobia

Posted 14 February 2017

Calling all arachnophobes! Run by clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Li, this half-day workshop leads you through the process of overcoming your fears.

Event Type: Special event
Date: 25 March 2017 to 25 March 2017
Time: 9.45 AM to 1.00 PM
Location: Australian Museum - 1 William Street
Admission: $129 - General Admisstion, $119 - Concession, $109 - Museum Members

Using cognitive behavioural therapy, including controlled exposure, and live demonstrations, the workshop will lead you through the process of confronting and overcoming your fears.

Imagine encountering a spider without feeling the urge to escape, even feeling calm and confident?

If this seems impossible for you, you’re not alone. Millions of otherwise rational people are terrified of spiders. Spiders can inspire panic, sweating, nausea, rapid heartbeat and more.

Arachnophobes are invited to participate in this specially-designed workshop run in conjunction with Australian Museum’s hugely popular Spiders exhibition.

Step through a series of simple and effective exercises in a safe and supportive environment. Participate in group activities, observe demonstrations and finally move to small-group “spider stations” for controlled exposure designed to help you face and conquer your phobia once and for all.

In this workshop you will:

  • be introduced to the rationale behind cognitive behavioural and exposure therapies;
  • identify your own thoughts and beliefs about spiders;
  • learn factual information about spiders and their safe handling;
  • observe their simple, safe handling;
  • complete exposure tasks yourself in a nurturing and supportive environment; and
  • leave with a maintenance plan for any future spider interactions and for managing your own anxiety.

Tickets include free entry to the Night Talk on Tuesday 21 March, “Should we fear spiders?”

For more information and to buy tickets: https://www.australianmuseum.net.au/event/workshop-treating-arachnophobia