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 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 of your career, we will endeavour to help you and develop a program of treatment for you. Sessions are available either face-to-face at our Highett clinic in Melbourne, or remotely, via a secure online connection.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out if we’re able to help you stop your fear of public speaking.

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.

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 Fear of Public Speaking Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shyness and fear of public speaking share many characteristics. However, people with this social anxiety disorder don't just feel nervous before giving a speech; they may worry about the speech for weeks or months beforehand. They may also lose sleep due to anxiety and have intense anxiety symptoms during the feared situation, such as a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, or shaking.

Symptoms of public speaking phobia can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tight chest
  • Trying to distract yourself
  • Digestive problems
  • Excess Sweating
  • Blushing
  • The sense that you're about to faint
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares

The symptoms usually do not go away but get worse as the situation progresses. The person with the fear usually realises that their fears are unfounded but still can't control them.

The good news is that 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 work through yours.

 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 may be to break the patterns of panic and paralysis public speaking triggers. We can also offer you strategies that may help calm you before a speaking event, and quell anxiety as it arises.

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 may 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 may be able to give you an estimate of how many more sessions are indicated as your treatment progresses.

Call (03) 9557 9113 today for more information. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation. You can also download our self-hypnosis MP3 recording for fear of public speaking as it may enhance your therapy sessions.

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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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