For some, a deathly fear of snakes is completely reasonable but what about moths, grasshoppers or puppies? Animal Planet goes "in treatment" with Dr. Robin Zasio (HOARDERS) on the new six-part series MY EXTREME ANIMAL PHOBIA.
Each hour-long episode features three people embarking on a five-day, live-in course of intensive exposure therapy in hopes of freeing them from their extreme animal fears. Whether wild animals or domestic pets, including - roaches, cats, lizards, spiders, dogs, birds, snakes, pigeons, bees, bats and even moths - exposure therapy is highly effective - and entertaining too.
Plenty of people are afraid of something, but in extreme cases, the fear can become so intense, it's actually a phobia. MY EXTREME ANIMAL PHOBIA features desperate adults looking for salvation from their worst - and seemingly ludicrous - fears. These individuals turn to the Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, run by psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, who has 20 years of experience treating anxiety.
Highlights from the first episodes of MY EXTREME ANIMAL PHOBIA include:
MY EXTREME ANIMAL PHOBIA: "Pilot"
In the series premiere, macho-dad Tom is co
nfronted by a severe phobia of mice that paralyzes him and puzzles his kids. Then, 21-year old Jackie reveals that dogs terrify her. Her phobia is so bad that she can't go to the park, visit with friends or walk on the street. And then meet Cameron - a 22-year old who dreams of living in New York City - but hasn't made the move because of his intense aversion to birds.
MY EXTREME ANIMAL PHOBIA: "They Hide in the AC"
Single mother Jahara is deathly afraid of spiders and refuses to turn on her air conditioning for fear they will come blowing out. In another story, Marvin, an all-around tough-guy, is unable to walk around his neighborhood due to his paralyzing fear of pit bulls. Finally, a childhood encounter with a snake has made Seth a prisoner in his own home.