Does the idea of presenting a speech paralyse you with fear? You’re not alone! Many otherwise confident and articulate people feel faint at the prospect of public speaking. And it’s increasingly difficult to completely avoid having to speak publicly, whether for work or to fulfil social expectations. The good news is, you can get help overcoming your fear.

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are available to work with you to address your fear of public speaking, or “glossophobia”. Whether you need to speak at a major event or get past your dread of speaking tasks you face in the course your career, we can develop a program of treatment for you. Sessions are available either face-to-face at our Highett clinic in Melbourne, or remotely, via secure online connection.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out how we can help you stop fearing public speaking.

We also offer a  self hypnosis MP3 recording for fear of public speaking if you want to get a head start on treatment at home.

Public Speaking Fears

Don’t let fear of speaking hold you back

Just because fear of public speaking is common, it doesn’t mean it can’t be intense. Some sufferers report that they fear presenting a speech more than death — others feel like passing out when put on the spot. Glossophobia may be associated with social anxiety, or other phobias. But it’s just as likely to be public speaking alone that terrifies people.

Fear is a primal emotion that developed to protect people from harm, to give them the instinct to escape or destroy threats to life. But when fear is irrational and excessive, it serves no purpose and causes problems. If the thought of speaking publicly makes you feel like you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, it may be time to seek professional help.

Symptoms of public speaking phobia can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tight chest
  • Trying to distract yourself
  • Digestive problems
  • Excess Sweating
  • Blushing
  • Sense that you’re about to faint
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Feeling compelled to avoid work or occasions that may involve public speaking

You don’t need to tackle your fear on your own. The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have experience treating phobias of all kinds, for people from all walks of life. We may be able to provide you with the tools you need to help you need to overcome yours.

How does Bayside Psychotherapy treat phobias?

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we draw on our knowledge of a wide range of therapy methodologies to tailor treatment plans to clients’ needs. Some of the approaches we may apply include counselling, mindfulness therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Buddhist psychotherapy.

After an initial assessment, we will consult with you to come up with what we feel will be the most effective form of treatment to get to the bottom of your fears. We aim to help you gain insight into the origin of your fear. Generally, the better you understand yourself, the easier it will be to break the patterns of panic and paralysis public speaking triggers. We can also offer you strategies to help calm you before a speaking event, and quell anxiety as it arises.

How fast can you expect results?

Phobias can’t be overcome overnight. There may be years of entrenched anxiety to unpack before lasting change can come about. Everyone has different underlying causes for their fear of public speaking, and some may be very deeply buried. However, others report feeling significant improvement quite quickly. The duration of treatment will depend on an individual’s circumstances and response to treatment. The ability to commit to therapy is also an important factor.

After a few sessions, your practitioner will evaluate how well your therapy is working. If it’s not going as planned, they may make some adjustments. They’ll be better able to give you an estimate of how many more sessions are indicated as your treatment progresses.

If you’d like to enhance your therapy on your own time, you can download our self hypnosis MP3 recording for fear of public speaking.

Call (03) 9557 9113 today for more information. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation. Alternatively, if you are ready to start therapy to address your fear of public speaking, you can click here to make a confidential appointment.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment to and participation in 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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