Beating your fear of spiders
Hi, I'm Vanessa, and I sleep with 32 tarantulas.
Vanessa has always had arachnophobia and wanted to change.
At first, when watching videos online of tarantulas, it did give me the heebie-jeebies a bit.
She used a method called 'exposure therapy' as a solution.
That means she gradually interacted with her phobia in a risk-free way.
Getting over arachnophobia was absolutely fantastic. Tarantulas do not bother me at all any more. It makes you realise how interesting these creatures are.
According to an estimate, 18% of British people admit to being scared of spiders.
The spiders move quickly, but what else is there to be afraid of?
The good news is that their bite is usually no worse than a bee sting.
I would say to people that are arachnophobic, just talk to people about it because it is a really crippling fear, and it does affect a lot of people's lives in a really negative way.
[They're] just all so different and fascinating. I literally couldn't imagine my life without a spider in it now.