Phobia Free aims to help with fear of animals. Our first offering will deal with spiders. Do you have a spider phobia? Take the test!

How does it work?

Phobia Free has received approval from the British National Health Service. Phobia Free uses systematic desensitisation -- a tried and tested method for helping with fears -- in a novel interactive way. Starting off with Itsy -- who we believe won't scare even those with the most severe phobia -- we build up to more and more realistic and scary spiders until you face an augmented reality tarantula that looks and behaves like the real thing. In fact, the very last session calls for you to go out into the world and take pictures of real spiders using your phone or tablet.

Towards the end of the app you will be able to have a tarantula in your hand instead of Itsy. Don't worry, we won't show you that here.

Towards the end of the app you will be able to have a tarantula in your hand instead of Itsy. Don't worry, we won't show you that here.

You can see the other spiders we use following the links, which we have put in the order you will encounter them in the app. The first two spiders won't look scary as a picture but they do move like a spider and that is enough to trigger a mild fear reaction for you to practice with. The other spiders might be too much for someone with a severe phobia to look at. Use your discretion.

  1. Cartoon spider (first desensitisation session)
  2. Cartoon spider (desensitisation sessions 2 and 3)
  3. Low fear spider
  4. Medium fear spider
  5. High fear spider
  6. Tarantula
  7. Tarantula in augmented reality

What can I expect?

Systematic desensitisation deals with your fear of spiders by teaching you to be relaxed and then getting you to progressively closer to the spider until you are able to touch it without fear. It sounds impossible but this technique has been successfully used in therapy for many, many years now.  As you need to learn to relax in order to overcome your phobia, Phobia Free includes our Stress Free app, which you get as a bonus!

As your progress through the app you will be able to cooperate with other people with fear of spiders that are going through the same thing and you can also get your friends and family to support you using our social tools.

We hope our app will help you become Phobia Free.