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Theale Wellbeing Centre 
Theale, 
Reading, 
RG7 5AH. 
On Tuesday 26th September I held my first spider phobia busting course, which was at my clinical practice, Theale Wellbeing Centre near Reading. I think it is safe to say that everyone was a little anxious or apprehensive on some level, including me, even though I had complete confidence in what I was doing! The first time you do something can always be a little nervy. 
 
The day started off extremely well with many of the Theale Wellbeing Centre team eager to hold one of my tarantulas, Aphrodite was the one they all wanted to hold and she is my biggest spider at about 6-7 inches. I was ever so pleased how keen they all were even if they were nervous. The team are all very supportive and want to join in where they can - It's a great 'working family' relationship we all have. 
 
The evening was a slightly different story... 
 
I could see the fear on the faces of those that attended. Some people had no idea what to expect, while others knew they would be asked to hold a spider and at this stage they had NO intention of doing so
 
The course began with a presentation about the truths and myths about spiders and even false widows, knowledge is power and this alone can be enough to help people to feel more relaxed about their fears. This followed up with Q & A from the group where I answered their questions. 
We broke for a break where I had tea, coffee, water and biscuits available. 
When we started back up I took the group though some therapy techniques and then... then I got the spiders out! 
I started off with garden spiders which went from hand to hand and then the tarantulas. 
I couldn't believe it, I was overwhelmed to see that everyone held a spider and let me tell you, it wasn't easy, we had some tears but all worked out well in the end. 
I look forward to you joining me on the next course, you can find the course dates here -----> Spider Phobia Course 
I offer 1-1 sessions, group sessions, school visits and events. 
 
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