Minor concern about health can be harmless as most who worry try to take good care of themselves. But being a hypochondriac often involves obsessing about health concerns to the point of detriment. While everyone feels anxious and stressed at times when thinking about their health and mortality, being obsessed and fraught with worry on an ongoing basis can consume you. If you have been considering entering therapy for hypochondria, read our FAQs page to learn how we operate, and book online once you are ready.

Some people report they obsess, stay up at night, afraid for their life and wellbeing because they can’t let go of a nagging worry that something is really wrong with them — sometimes despite several doctors confirming a clean bill of health.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to help you overcome hypochondria. With our training and knowledge, we aim to help you reduce the feeling of panic, anxiety, and fear associated with your health and wellbeing while working through the deeper patterns.

How can we help you with hypochondria?

Hypochondria involves preoccupation about the body, as particular to each individual. Persistent obsessions with imagined body illness (even where medical tests demonstrate nothing sinister) often serve as defence mechanisms against painful, but unprocessed, thoughts and emotions from childhood. Emotional pain can even get transferred into physical pain. The clinicians at Bayside Psychotherapy will aim to help you unearth and resolve the causes, and stop ruminating about symptoms, through mindfulness therapy, counselling or psychotherapy, depending on which therapist you work with and what approach you are ready for.

We can tackle your anxiety via video conferencing from the comfort of your own home with online counselling sessions. Self hypnosis can also be a valuable tool and you can download recommended hypnosis recordings that can also help you… simply by listening: Overcome hypochondria MP3 recording.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to enquire, or book your confidential appointment online.

Let’s work together to help you combat your medical fears

How do you know if your fears are hypochondria? Some clients report the following experiences:

  • You’re plagued with worry about medical decisions, despite a clean bill of health.
  • Life is spent continually worrying or losing sleep about unfounded health fears.
  • You feel ongoing stress over mild medical symptoms.
  • You avoid going out or getting close to people because you’re afraid of catching a contagious disease.
  • Actual bodily syndromes may seem to emerge in response to chronic stress and anxiety.

Hypochondria is a crippling experience for some, more recently termed illness anxiety disorder, that requires attention. Our therapy aims to help you either manage or even ameliorate hypochondria*: the treatment plan will depend upon your unique circumstances, what function hypochondria serves (or aims to serve).

The good news is that counselling and psychotherapy is available for people who are curious and open to talking through their issues. One suggested approach could be mindfulness therapy to initially calm the anxious mind, if needed during the initial phases of therapy. Then psychotherapy can aim to overcome the deeper inner conflicts and displaced anxieties giving rise to the hypochondriac symptom in the first place.

When will I start to feel better?

While every case is unique sometimes people report feeling less anxious once engaging in a structured and regular course of psychotherapy. Treatment types and timelines will vary based on the individual but taking the first step in the right direction can make a massive difference.

How is Bayside Psychotherapy’s hypochondria treatment different?

Impartial counselling, mindfulness therapy and a tailored treatment approach make Bayside Psychotherapy positioned to endeavour to help address the root cause. Rather than use a uniform approach, our psychotherapists tailor their approach to your needs and unique situation.

Although Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation exercises, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dream work, NLP, Hypnotherapy and other methods are options, your commitment and realistic expectations are crucial for a greater chance of benefitting from sessions. The goal is to determine the best course to manage health and illness anxiety disorder and its causes. With counselling and psychotherapy we will try to help you best.

Psychotherapy for hypochondria

You can book a first appointment at our online clinic here or by calling (03) 9557 9113. Set up an appointment for online counselling to help you stop hypochondria.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment and collaboration to the treatment process in an endeavour 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
  • Paul Mischel

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel