Do you feel dizzy and queasy if you look down from a high place? Fear of heights can make you feel disproportionately panicky in situations such as crossing a pedestrian bridge, or riding in a lift with a glass wall — or even watching scenes in a movie that involve people teetering on the edge of long drops. There are counselling techniques that may be able to help you quiet that intense fear of falling, and the vertigo, or head spinning sensation when you’re somewhere up high.

Being afraid of dangerous situations is not irrational. And it’s true that falling from a great height can be lethal, so it makes sense that brains are programmed to avoid risky precipices. But that doesn’t mean you should allow fear to prevent you from taking part in safe activities that may involve heights. Acrophobia, or the fear of high places, can be debilitating and steal some of the joy from your life. Even if this fear doesn’t have a significant impact on your day-to-day activities, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to master it when you want to?

The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have the skills, training, and experience that may help you address your fear of heights. Our hypnotherapists may work with you to explore the subconscious drivers of your phobia with the aim of addressing and mitigating them. We offer online or face-to-face counselling and hypnotherapy sessions at our Highett clinic in Melbourne.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to book your appointment to find out if we can help you work through your fear of heights. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Fear of Heights Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are born with only two innate fears: the fear of loud sounds and the fear of falling, so it’s normal for us to have some reluctance about being in high places. However, for those with acrophobia, the fear is unrealistic and excessive. Acrophobia appears to be a hyper-reaction of the normal fear response. Some experts believe that this may be a learned response to a previous fall or a parent’s nervous reaction to heights.

At Bayside Psychotherapy, our experienced therapists are skilled in a wide range of different counselling methodologies, which we put to use to tailor personalised treatment plans for our clients. Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Buddhist psychotherapy are just some of the treatment traditions we may draw on. Mindfulness therapy is another approach that is often applied to treat the patterns of panic and association associated with phobias. At Bayside, we believe a blended, nuanced approach to phobia treatment that can adjust to changing needs is more likely to achieve success than rigid, prescriptive methods.

If you feel you aren’t achieving the results you were hoping for after a few sessions, your therapist may suggest adjustments to your program. At all times, we’ll be responsive to your concerns and opinions, and conduct all sessions in an empathetic, non-judgemental environment. We also offer a self-hypnosis download for acrophobia that may be an effective complement for your therapy sessions.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment to find out if we can help you work through your fear of heights. 

Let’s work together to see if we’re able to get to the bottom of your acrophobia!

No two individuals react to hypnotherapy and counselling the same way. And, of course, everyone has different underlying reasons for any phobias. It’s difficult to predict what treatment duration will be indicated for a given client. Even the most insignificant anxieties can be rooted in complex internalised trauma, which it’s always best to take time to address. Some have reported feeling some improvement in their panic reactions after a few sessions, while others may need regular, ongoing treatment. Our methods use measurable results, and your therapist will assess your progress regularly and adjust your program if necessary.

It’s worth persisting once you’ve started therapy, as confronting problems and ironing out treatment methods may be an important part of the process. You may even be able to take on new hobbies and go on new adventures you would never have contemplated before their acrophobia counselling.

Call us at our Highett clinic in Melbourne on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out more. All calls are confidential and there’s no obligation to proceed.

If you know you’re ready to start therapy, you can book your initial appointment via our website.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, client commitment to and participation in the treatment process is essential 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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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain