Minor health concerns 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 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.

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 wrong with them — sometimes despite several doctors confirming a clean bill of health.

Health anxiety may involve a displacement from one anxiety to another. For example moving from something unprocessed in a person’s past displaced onto a bodily fear fixation. It is not uncommon for such body based fixations know as health anxiety to change from one specific fear to another.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to help you work through hypochondria by speaking in depth and exploring where the anxieties may originate. 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.

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 find out if we’re able to help you. 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 Hypochondria Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health anxiety 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 will endeavour to tackle your anxiety via video conferencing from the comfort of your own home or during face-to-face sessions in our clinic. Self-hypnosis may also be a valuable tool. You can download our recommended Hypochondria Hypnosis recording, which you can listen to in the comfort of your home.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 to book your confidential appointment. 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.

Let’s work together to see if we can help you combat your medical fears.

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.

Health anxiety is a crippling experience for some, more recently termed illness anxiety disorder, that requires attention. Our therapy endeavours to help you manage and maybe 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 are available for people who are curious and open to talking through their issues. One suggested approach could be mindfulness therapy which may help calm the anxious mind if needed during the initial phases of therapy. 

Treatment types and timelines will vary based on the individual but taking the first step in the right direction has the potential to make a massive difference.

Impartial counselling, mindfulness therapy and a tailored treatment approach make Bayside Psychotherapy positioned to possibly help address the root cause. 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 benefiting 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 our best to help you.

You can book an appointment by calling (03) 9557 9113. 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.

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
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain