My Extreme Animal Phobia

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.3  (34)

My Extreme Animal Phobia is a gripping docu-series that aired on Animal Planet in 2011. The show is presented by Robin Zasio, a clinical psychologist specializing in phobia treatment, along with Laura Aguinaga and Seth Margolies, who are trained animal handlers. The show revolves around individuals who suffer from extreme and debilitating phobias related to animals. The phobias range from common fears such as spiders and snakes to more unusual oddities such as cows, birds, and even butterflies. The series follows these individuals as they embark on a journey to overcome their fears and find a way to lead a normal life.

Each episode features a new individual with a different type of animal phobia, and the show is structured to show the person's exposure to the animal gradually. The initial stage involves familiarizing the person with the animal through pictures, videos, and even touching stuffed animals that resemble the animal in question. Zasio and her team carefully assess the participant's level of fear and come up with a treatment plan that suits them best.

The next phase involves meeting an animal in person, but from a distance. For instance, if the individual is scared of snakes, they may be shown a snake in a glass enclosure, with an expert explaining its anatomy and behavior. This step is designed to help the person overcome the initial fear of being around the animal.

The subsequent phase involves getting closer to the animal. The participants are asked to perform tasks such as feeding, holding, and grooming the animal. The team is there to provide emotional support and encouragement to the person. The ultimate goal is to help the individual overcome their phobia by empowering them with knowledge about the animal and demystifying its behavior.

One of the advantages of the show is that it educates the public about different animal species and demystifies their behavior. For instance, one episode features an individual who is scared of cows. The team visits a dairy farm and explains the animal's behavior and how to interact with them safely.

What sets My Extreme Animal Phobia apart from other phobia shows is the high level of professionalism and care provided to the participants. The team has a solid background in animal handling, and they know how to create a safe and controlled environment for both the person and the animal. Additionally, they offer therapy sessions to help participants deal with any underlying emotional issues related to their phobia.

Overall, My Extreme Animal Phobia is an engaging and informative show that teaches empathy, hope, and respect for all animals. The show is not limited to the phobic individual, but also appeals to the larger audience who may not be aware of how to interact safely with some animals. The combination of therapy and expert animal handling makes the show a must-watch for anyone who seeks to overcome their fears and embrace the natural world.

My Extreme Animal Phobia is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on October 21, 2011.

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Episode 7
7. Episode 7
December 9, 2011
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Petrified of Pets
6. Petrified of Pets
December 2, 2011
A woman's fear of cats borders on the supernatural; a woman avoids dogs at all costs after being attacked; a man is debilitated by his fear of spiders.
It's Trying to Get Me
5. It's Trying to Get Me
November 18, 2011
Donyale's fear of moths is so severe that all family activities are planned around avoiding them. Tino is reduced to tears by even the sight of a lizard. And Luann's fear of birds prevents her from joining her family in enjoying the outdoors.
Swarms of Venom
4. Swarms of Venom
November 11, 2011
Shelly fears shark attacks so much she refuses to swim in any body of water. Kurt wrestles men twice his size for a living, but cowers in fear when confronted with a bee. And Tameeka won't even enter her own home if she sees a millipede in the doorway.
My Worst Nightmare
3. My Worst Nightmare
November 4, 2011
A man's fear of bats keeps him inside at night; a woman is afraid she'll find a rat in the bathroom.
Worse than Halloween
2. Worse than Halloween
October 28, 2011
A crippling fear of bats prevents Tom from leaving the house at night. Roxanne refuses to enter the bathroom by herself for fear of running into a rat.
They Hide in the AC
1. They Hide in the AC
October 21, 2011
The premiere of a series featuring people who confront their fears of animals of all kinds with help from psychologist Robin Zasio.
Where to Watch My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia is available for streaming on the Animal Planet website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch My Extreme Animal Phobia on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime and Animal Planet.
  • Premiere Date
    October 21, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (34)