Latte31 - I have heard of exposure therapy as a way to treat phobias. I recently saw a television program that dealt with a women that had arachnophobia which is the fear of spiders.
Every time she came in contact with a spider her heart would race and she would be filled with anxiety. What the psychologist did was slowly introduce the spider to the lady little by little.
At first she was in the same room with the spider and then the spider was placed in a cage in front of her and at the end she was holding the spider in her hands.
The point of the exposure therapy is to point out that our worst fears are worked up in our minds and there is no truth to them.
This is why when the lady was confronted with the spider in her hands and nothing happened to her it will start replacing her previous fear with this new found feeling and will no longer have the phobia.
Of course it does take a long time to get someone to this point, but at least it is a viable option for those that suffer from phobias and anxiety.