The Australian Psychological Society publishes a literature review of evidence-based psychological interventions for mental disorders. This review looks at high-quality scientific studies to determine what treatments are supported by evidence.
The current (third) edition of the review states:
There is Level I evidence for cognitive behaviour therapy and Level II evidence for self-help (primarily CBT-based) in the treatment of specific phobia in adults. In the current review, there was insufficient evidence to indicate that any of the remaining interventions were effective.
NB: Level I is the highest level of evidence.
What this means is that, even though it is possible that some other interventions may be beneficial in treating phobias, there is currently not enough high-quality scientific evidence to support any treatment other than cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
CBT treatment for phobias involves learning skills to manage anxious thoughts and feelings and exposure to the feared stimulus (in your case, open doors) to gradually reduce the anxiety response.
Since the evidence shows that self-help using CBT can be an effective strategy, you might want to try to get hold of a CBT-based self-help book such as The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Dr Edmund Bourne.
If you'd prefer to work with a professional, or you don't have much success using the book on your own, a psychologist who specialises in treating anxiety disorders using CBT will be able to help. You can get a mental health plan from your GP to see a psychologist under Medicare.
All the best.
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