FEAR of snakes, known as ophidiophobia, or ophiophobia, is the second most common phobia in the world, affecting nearly one third of adults.
“I’ve had five calls this week alone from clients who want help with their snake phobias,” said Mark, who works out of his practice in Winyates.
“Normally at this time of year it’s a fear of flying as everyone is off on holiday. Then in September and October, come the spider calls.”
Mark explained how the only two fears we are born with are falling and a fear of loud noises.
“Everything else we have learnt,” he added. “And so these fears can be un-learnt. Most often they originate from a memory or something that has been passed on from our parents at a young age.”
Elliot Guy, the owner of the 11ft python that made a bid for freedom last week, agrees.
“My first encounter with a snake was when I was ten-years-old in Germany.” he said. “Back then it looked huge but in reality it must have only been around 4ft long.
“I just froze but for me, the encounter piqued my curiosity and my fascination with them has continued ever since then.
“I think the fear comes from when people don’t understand snakes.”
Mark agrees, adding he at first pinpoints what triggers the fear and then works on relaxation techniques.
“It’s very rewarding to help people conquer their greatest fears,” he said.
If you would like Mark to help you with a phobia, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07980 233160.