Phobias are a fear of a certain object, certain situation, or encounter.  So, it could be fear of crossing bridges, fear of snakes, fear of choking to death, fear of water, fear of flying, and so on. Instead of masking the anxious feelings with medications or advise, suggestion, and behavioral conditioning, psychodynamic counseling and psychoanalytic therapy address the real meaning of these anxiety symptoms so the person can master them and learn from them once in for all.