Being afraid of public places, crowds or open spaces — agoraphobia — can inhibit every area of your life. People with this anxiety disorder can experience such paralysing fear that they’re unable to leave their homes at all. Many people find that counselling can be useful in getting to the bottom of their fears. You can even start with online counselling, from the comfort of your own home.
Our trained therapists can work with you on strategies to overcome the fear of public places or open spaces, such as shopping malls, amusement parks, or airports. We can also address the social anxiety that often comes along with agoraphobia through a variety of complementary treatment methods.
What is agoraphobia costing you?
People with this phobia experience panic and anxiety when they need to leave their home or go into exposed or crowded situations. Although agoraphobia is generally understood as fear of the outdoors, it is also associated with a dread of being trapped, or unable to escape, which can apply to a wide range of situations. Symptoms can include breathlessness, sweating, vomiting and rapid heartbeat at the prospect of going out into the open or to public places.
Many sufferers are unable to work. They can’t attend social functions, go shopping or even get to medical appointments, putting their health at risk. Agoraphobia can impact your family, your finances, and your relationships — often leading to isolation and depression. If you have this serious anxiety disorder, can you afford to ignore it? How would treating the condition improve your lifestyle and your self esteem?
Don’t let agoraphobia rule your life and rob you of joy! Find out how we can help you take back control of your life.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment, either at our Melbourne office or via a secure online connection.
Let’s work together to help you combat your fears.
The good news is that various types of counselling options are available that may help you get the better of agoraphobia. Methodologies such as hypnotherapy, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) or mindfulness therapy are often used to start rerouting your problematic patterns of thoughts and responses. Over time, you can adopt strategies to anticipate and divert panicky feelings so that you can get back to your best version of ‘normal’.
How soon will I start to see improvement?
Many people begin to feel better almost as soon as they start their treatment program. Although completely conquering the ingrained fear will take time, making the decision to take control of the situation is empowering. Treatment durations will vary because everyone is an individual. Everyone has different personal histories and underlying issues affecting their state of mind, and everyone reacts in different ways to therapeutic treatments. The good news is that the act of seeking treatment is the most important step in the direction of overcoming agoraphobia.
How does Bayside Psychotherapy treat Agoraphobia?
Bayside recognises you as unique, so your treatment plan will be tailored to you personally. We assess your progress on an ongoing basis, in case adjustment is needed. Our practitioners have training and experience in a broad range of treatment methods, including psychotherapy, dream work, hypnotherapy, Buddhist mindfulness mediation exercises — which can be combined to create a personalised program for you.
If you’re not ready to leave the house just yet, we have online counselling via secure and private chat. If it’s easier for you, you can conduct your all your sessions online throughout your treatment.
Bayside Psychotherapy also offers a targeted self hypnosis recording for agoraphobia that you can download to complement your counselling sessions.
You can call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out how we can help. If you’re ready to start therapy, you can make an appointment using our online booking form. All communication with prospective clients is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.
Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on our clients’ full commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.
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