How does it work?

Arachnophobia Free uses systematic desensitisation -- a tried and tested method for helping with fears -- in a novel interactive way. Starting off with Itsy -- who we believe won't scare even those with the most severe phobia -- we build up to more and more realistic and scary spiders until you face an augmented reality tarantula that looks and behaves like the real thing.

Towards the end of the app you will be able to have a tarantula in your hand instead of Itsy. Don't worry, we won't show you that here.

Towards the end of the app you will be able to have a tarantula in your hand instead of Itsy. Don't worry, we won't show you that here.

You can see the other spiders we use following the links, which we have put in the order you will encounter them in the app. The first two spiders won't look scary as a picture but they do move like a spider and that is enough to trigger a mild fear reaction for you to practice with. The other spiders might be too much for someone with a severe phobia to look at. Use your discretion.

  1. Cartoon spider (first desensitisation session)
  2. Cartoon spider (desensitisation sessions 2 and 3)
  3. Low fear spider
  4. Medium fear spider
  5. High fear spider
  6. Tarantula
  7. Tarantula in augmented reality