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Spiders: Fight Your Phobia Testimonials


Testimonials from some previous spider phobia workshop attendees.

2nd October 2016

“The course was very professionally run.  The staff were really helpful all the way through, and the results were amazing.”

2nd October 2016

“As much as the actual capturing and handling of the spiders proved that the fear was somewhat conquered, I think the main calming influence for me was the Q&A which helped understand the spiders better. Overall, it was just a fantastic experience which I'm very grateful for, and it has to be mentioned that the volunteers were an amazing and calming influence throughout.”

2nd October 2016

“I feel that by coming to this workshop my whole life has changed.  I was not very hopeful to begin with because of the severity of my phobia and I would never imagined the progress I made would be possible all in one afternoon. Thank you!”

2nd October 2016

“Your team was amazing and perfect. I felt so safe. How you laud out this course is so thoughtful. Thank you a million times for having us and taking our phobia serious. Today I broke the back of a lifelong phobia that affected me extremely. I still have a way to go but it empowered me to deal with it. Also the volunteer ladies were so helpful and reassuring. A most safe environment to face a fear. Thank you.”

2nd October 2016

“All staff were very helpful & approachable. Very pleasant surroundings. A good atmosphere.”

2nd October 2016

“I can't praise the staff and volunteers highly enough. What could have been an extremely stressful experience was much less so than I'd feared. I can't believe I managed to hold a large spider in my bare hands! I feel better able to cope if faced with a spider and hopefully will be able to relocate them safely and successfully (for both me & the spider)! Thank you very much.”

2nd October 2016

“Staff and volunteers were brilliant such an amazing course cannot believe the results.”

2nd October 2016

"So today I attended the spider phobia workshop. I didn't have much hope of this helping me at all however, due to the severity of my phobia I was willing to go to any length to find something or someone who may be able to help me.
To give an indication of the severity of my phobia I was unable to be in the same room as a spider without taking an extreme panic attack and my legs buckling from under me.
So signing up and arriving at the workshop was a massive step for me.

The volunteers were great, all very empathetic and understanding. This made the whole atmosphere as relaxed as could be and allowed for reassurance when things got a little much. There was a group of 14 individuals who all had a phobia of spiders ranging in severity.

I found the layout of the workshop very helpful, it was broken down into small chunks with each section being explained fully and no pressure being associated. This alone was encouraging because for me because of the anxiety and fear associated with spiders.

Today I was terrified to say the least, my
anxiety levels were through the roof, there were times I wanted to run in the opposite direction and there was floods of tears!!

But today I learned so much, today I tested my limits and pushed myself further then I could ever have imagined.

But most importantly I can proudly say -

Today I faced my fear in a controlled environment!!!

I could not have done this without the support from the group, the volunteers, Morag the hypnotherapist and most importantly one of Edinburgh Zoos Keepers - Gareth!

Gareth allowed me to do something I never thought I could do and for that I will be forever thankful!

Thank you to everyone who helped me today especially Cállum who was there start to finish, holding my hand! - you have changed my life without a word of an exaggeration."

4th September 2016

The keepers were fantastic and I am really happy with the outcome of the workshop.

4th September 2016

Such a supportive environment in which to address my spider phobia and perfect combination of hypnotherapy, 'spider perspective' theory and comradery of both staff and fellow phobics. The very next day I lifted a house spider and showed it to my small son telling him how friendly it was! I hardly recognise myself and see spiders in a totally new light. Feel 'free'! . Thank you Edinburgh Zoo and all involved.

15 May 2016

“Just to say thank you for this empowering, life changing experience. I thought I'd be trapped in the phobia forever but now i just don't love them, but the panic has gone!”

15 May 2016

“I am very grateful for the patience shown to me during the 'hand-on' session at the end of the day. I was very determined but took a long time to actually do anything.”

15 May 2016

“It's been almost 2 months now since I participated in the phobia workshop. Since then, I have confidently caught and released loads of spiders :) Before the workshop, I couldn't even be in the same room as a spider without having a panic attack. I can honestly say this workshop was life changing for me and I'll be forever grateful to the zoo for running it.”