People without a needle phobia, or trypanophobia, don’t realise just how frightening a routine injection can be. Of course, no one really enjoys being pricked with a needle — but for those who are truly phobic, the dread goes much deeper. For them, each vaccination or blood test is a terrifying ordeal.

Trypanophobia can drive sufferers to great lengths to avoid needles — including staying away from the doctor altogether. This can have negative consequences for their health, while the knowledge that they’re postponing the inevitable can lead to more and more anxiety. The fact that they’re likely to have encountered scorn and impatience from others about their fear just makes everything worse.

Our therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy endeavour to help you gain self-control and work through your fear of needles.  Whether you prefer to meet with a counsellor face-to-face at our Melbourne clinic in Highett, or from the comfort of your home, via secure online connection, we’re here for you. You can also download a targeted self-hypnosis recording for needle phobia to help you get started. The first step to getting help is the most important, and you can take it today.

Don’t let your fear of needles result in you neglecting your health!

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. 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 Needle Phobia Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Needle phobia often stems from a traumatic experience in childhood, but sometimes people have no idea where their feelings of fear and panic came from. And as with all phobias, the reasons can be more complicated than you might expect. Investigating the underlying causes of ‘irrational’ fears through counselling may be a  good way of addressing the problems those fears can cause in your daily life.

Whether your symptoms are fainting, hyperventilating, turning pale, running in terror or just feeling nauseous, needle phobia is a real problem with real consequences, ranging from embarrassment to contracting diseases unnecessarily. The experienced therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have worked with many patients who needed treatment for this phobia, and many others.

Our training and expertise enable us to use one or a combination of different methods, including psychodynamic therapy, dreamwork, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Buddhist psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and other forms of counselling. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution and we’ll consult with you until we find the best approach for your needs.

No two courses of treatment are the same. The duration of your treatment will depend on your unique circumstances and on the progress you make with your therapist. People may feel a noticeable improvement right away, but usually, a longer timeframe is indicated for lasting success. Throughout the process, your practitioner will evaluate the success of your treatment and adjust it as necessary, until you’re ready to space out sessions and make a plan to discontinue.

You can enquire by calling (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form. If you want to get started right now, check out our downloadable self-hypnosis recording for needle phobia, which is recommended as a complement to therapy.

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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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel

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