Avoidance Strategies & Behaviours

Avoidance strategies are behaviours that are designed to reduce exposure to situations that are perceived to be threatening in some way.

They are a form of safety behaviour and as such, have a tendency to make matters worse rather than better!

One of the significant down-sides of avoidance strategies is that they prevent a person from gaining evidence that the might contradict what they believe to be true about a feared situation.

For example, people who avoid making mistakes by only doing things that they know they cannot possibly get wrong will never discover that it’s OK and ‘human’ to make mistakes.

In fact, people who do everything they can to avoid mistakes end up disadvantaged in comparison to others because making mistakes is an incredibly useful method for ‘learning’ new things. If we don’t learn then we don’t really grow and evolve.

You can read more about avoidance and safety behaviours here.

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If you’d like to find out more about unhelpful avoidance strategies using a psychosocial approach, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problem, what it means to you and the potential solutions that are available.

We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment without any obligation for you to commit to any psychotherapy programmes or sessions going forward.

This initial consultation will give you the opportunity to consider the merits of the psychosocial perspective as well as the chance to find out what Paul or Joan are like as individuals.

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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