South East Wales

Charity Triumph Over Phobia launches group in Cardiff

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Phobia sufferers in Cardiff will be able to access help in overcoming their fears with the launch of a self-help group.

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) offers support to sufferers of phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety-related issues.

Trilby Breckman, from the charity, said it hopes to combat the current lack of support for sufferers in south Wales.

The group will meet at 18:30 every Wednesday in the city centre.

The charity, founded in Bath, said 10% of people in south Wales suffer from phobias and 3% have OCD.

TOP uses exposure therapy - which involves facing fears in a controlled way - alongside cognitive behaviour therapy, to help change ways of thinking.

"It's wonderful news at long last that people suffering with anxiety-related disorders will be able to access support," Ms Breckman added.

"We welcome any adult with a phobia or OCD who would like help."

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