Phobics face their fear by going ape

Face Your Fear helps people overcome a fear of heights with a bit of therapy at Go Ape.

Face Your Fear helps people overcome a fear of heights with a bit of therapy at Go Ape.

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A TREE-TOP therapy course which tackles sufferers’ fear of heights made its debut in Thetford Forest this week.

Face Your Fear is the brainchild of Simon Birdsey, inspired by a previous course which took on arachnophobia – a fear of spiders.

The course addresses the fear of heights – acrophobia – with hypnotherapy sessions before participants head out on to the Go Ape course to see the results.

A pilot was run last summer but Wednesday saw the first course proper.

Fund-raisers from homelessness charity, Flack, based in Cambridge, and children’s charity, the Ormiston Trust, took part.

Mr Birdsey, who has suffered from agoraphobia himself, said the course uses humour to try to break down acrophobics’ fears.

“It has been very successful and everyone has been surprised at how far they have been able to get on the Go Ape course,” he said.

The next session in Thetford Forest is scheduled for July 19.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact Mr Birdsey at info@faceyourfear.co.uk