The Fears Chart
A Unique Approach to Exposure Therapy
The Fears Chart was developed by Robert A. (Rob) Nielson, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Many treatment interventions centralize around what Rob terms the ‘Fears Chart’, a process based on the work of other therapists and his own experience as a therapist. The Fears Chart has successfully helped teens and their families understand each other’s behavior since 1996, benefiting the entire family in a way that helps reconnect and rebuild the unit.
How Fears Affect Us
Many of our everyday interactions are affected by our psychological fears. These fears can appear in situations as common as ordering a hamburger at a restaurant or as unusual as being called upon to volunteer during a stage show. These fears can cause a “fight or flight” response. All of us feel this fear reaction in different ways: tense shoulders, headaches, queasy stomach, or accelerated heartbeat.
Nine of the Most Common Fears We Have Observed in Our Students are the Fear of:
- Success or failure
- Not being good enough
- Being out of control
- Not being in control
Therapeutic Work on Their Own Fears Chart Helps Students Accomplish the Following:
- Identify their avoiding behaviors
- Desensitize their Fears by approaching them
- Recognize and reduce their tendency to switch one avoidance behavior for another
- Refute their justifications and rationalizations
- Reinforce approach behaviors with affirmation