A fear of spiders is very common (and perhaps for good reason here in Australia). Yet, very few people ever seek treatment for this phobia, even though cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for Specific Phobia has an outstanding success rate and is one of the most effective psychological interventions for ANY disorder.
The reason for this, is that most people are reasonably happy to go through life simply avoiding spiders wherever possible - their fear of spiders doesn't hold them back from anything particularly important in life - so they aren't motivated to do anything about it.
You've identified a pretty good motivation for overcoming your spider phobia, so I'd strongly encourage you to seek help from a psychologist who is experienced in using CBT to treat phobias. Most clients of mine who I've successfully treated for phobias describe experiencing a change in the way they relate to their fears generally (not just in relation to the specific phobia), which feels very liberating and can have pretty profound implications in other areas of life.
CBT for a phobia would go something like this:
1. You work with the psychologist to decide on your final treatment goal - do you eventually want to be able to pick up a spider/cockroach/stick insect with your bare hands or simply be near one?
2. You learn skills to be better at being with your anxious thoughts and feelings without them overwhelming you or pushing you around, then practice these skills across a range of situations so that you are able to apply them in real-life.
3. You start a process of 'exposure' therapy where you apply the skills you've learned to handle your anxiety in the context of the specific phobia, until you're eventually able to achieve the goal you set.
This process requires some courage, but a skilfull clinician will be able to help you along the way, and, importantly, you are in charge of the entire process. You will never be rushed or pushed into doing anything until you're ready.
Good luck, I hope you go for it!
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