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Many people blush when they are surprised, exposed or embarrassed. For some people, however, blushing occurs far more frequently than during the occasional self-conscious, uncomfortable or surprising moment. Excessive blushers often report increasing intensity of their problem by becoming overly concerned, worried or nervous about encountering situations that could cause them to blush. This anticipatory blushing anxiety may produce a circular and predictable self fulfilling prophecy. Letting go of these concerns is essential if you want to curb excessive blushing. Easier said than done?
Bayside Psychotherapy offers counselling or hypnotherapy treatment services that aim to address your unique experience associated with blushing.
Do I need counselling or hypnotherapy treatment for blushing?
With the increasingly high demands being placed on us to perform, often unrealistically, within society, it is quite easy to develop fears and suffer from embarrassment. As a result, there are many reasons why excessive blushing can occur. It can stem from anxious feelings arising from unresolved conflicts, fears of rejection or inadequacy, an excessive need to please others or a desire for, or aversion to, something that is beyond our control.
Symptoms accompanying excessive blushing can include:
- Prolonged anticipation of facial flushes
- A fear of blushing
- Feelings of shame and anxiety
- Social isolation / avoidance
- Frustration with yourself
- Constant thinking about blushing
- Lowered confidence
- Feelings of humiliation and embarrassment
- Feeling self-conscious or shy
- Digestive disturbances, e.g., IBS
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, then you may be suffering from excessive blushing and you may benefit from counselling, mindfulness therapy or hypnotherapy treatment.
The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to help you break your habit by identifying your behavioural patterns and inviting you to be curious about what might be causing you to blush.
What can I expect from my sessions?
Our psychotherapists take a person-centred approach to help you to discover the causes of your excessive blushing, rather than just working with the symptoms. We provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for you to work with your counsellor.
In your first session, you’ll be able to comfortably share your blushing problem, ask questions, and decide if you believe your psychotherapist is right for you. This initial consultation will also provide us with valuable insight into the potentially underlying issues involved and what you want to achieve so we can prepare a suitable counselling or hypnotherapy treatment plan that may assist you to resolve blushing anxiety and shame. In some cases, anxiety about blushing (and thus, blushing itself) may be managed by changing habitual thoughts and responses. However, resolving the causes of blushing requires a longer term, sustainable commitment to therapy over time.
How can I address my blushing condition?
Our counselling clinic draws upon various psychotherapy approaches which aim to target the heart of the problem, which in turn could help you to reduce or free yourself from excessive blushing. The method of course, depends on which therapist you work with. For pricing and other info please refer to our counselling FAQs page.
How to prevent excessive blushing
Rather than avoiding situations anticipated to trigger blushing, mindfully approaching and eventually accepting them can be a first step. Avoidance can intensify anxiety, paradoxically. Then, with considered therapy treatments intended to resolve the cause of blushing, we can work together on approaching the underlying conflicts responsible for the blushing response.
How long will my therapy take?
How long depends on various factors. Generally long term change takes time and serious effort. Blushing is only the symptom and cannot be overcome without addressing the source. But, improvement along the way is common when people are willing to address their deeper issues (facial blushing treatment is often just the start of a far more rewarding psychotherapy process). Some people use a hypnosis download to compliment sessions such as the popular Stop Blushing Hypnosis MP3 Download.
If I’m ready to deal with my blushing, how can I make an appointment?
If you are ready to book an initial session, you can do so online. Alternatively call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 (Melbourne) or use our contact form to enquire. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.
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Monday – Friday
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- Tuesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Wednesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
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