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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Cure Your Fear of Spiders
spider, tarantula, zoo

We all have irrational fears. For me it is lifts, for my mum it is snakes, and if you are like my nanna, you are terrified of spiders. You now have a chance to get rid of all the sweating, nausea, panic, and palpitations. It is time to conquer your arachnophobia once and for all with The Friendly Spider Programme at London Zoo. The afternoon course is carefully designed to ease or eliminate your fear of spiders with a combination of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy.

In the session, hypnotherapist John Clifford will explain how phobias can start, and will then ask you a series of questions to help determine why you do not like spiders. There will be a Q&A where you can raise any questions you may have, and then the Zoo's spider expert, Dave Clarke, will provide you with facts on the not-so-scary creatures.

After refreshments, a group hypnosis session should help relieve any remaining fears and support you in garnering a more positive attitude towards spiders.

The session will end with an optional visit to invertebrate collection in the zoo's BUGS! building. If you are feeling brave enough, you can practice catching British house spiders and meet one of their friendly Mexican red-knee tarantulas.

The zoo has been running The Friendly Spider Programme for ten years and have treated more than two thousand people of all different ages. 80% of those who take part in the programme said that they felt much more relaxed around spiders afterwards.

The next sessions take place between 2.45pm and 6.30pm, and are scheduled for the 4th May, 29th June, 27th July, 7th & 21st September, and can be booked for 135 or 94.50 for concessions.
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Why? Conquer your fear
When: 4th May, 29th June, 27th July, 7th & 21st September
Phone: 0844 225 1826
Where: London Zoo
Cost: 135 standard, 94.50 concessions
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