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Ablutophobia the fear of bathing

Ablutophobia Therapy & Counselling

Ablutophobia is the Fear of Bathing and, like all other fears and phobias, can lead to significant anxiety and stress for sufferers.

Sufferers often argue that their fear of bathing is completely rational because of the possibility of drowning.

Whilst this is certainly true, what Ablutophobia sufferers fail to take into consideration is that the likelihood of drowning whilst bathing is very unlikely in the first place.

Furthermore, this idea that something very unlikely to happen is highly likely to happen, is a common feature of phobic thinking and explains why phobias are considered to be irrational.

Silhouette of female with Ablutophobia near the sea

Ablutophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

All phobias, including Ablutophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.

Consequently, the symptoms of Ablutophobia are both specific and generic and may include:

  • Avoidance of water.
  • An elevated heart rate.
  • A sense of dread about what might happen.
  • Worrying that you might pass out.
  • Feeling dizzy or disoriented.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Dry or Sticky mouth
  • Hot sweats.
  • Stress.
  • Difficulty breathing easily.
  • Feelings of panic.

You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Ablutophobia.

However, it is important to be aware that these symptoms WILL subside over time and rarely last for more that 20 to 30 minutes.

Scientist examing the possible causes of ablutophobia

What causes Ablutophobia?

It’s possible that your Ablutophobia may be the result of traumatic events that you experienced in your earlier developmental years, such as getting into trouble whilst swimming.

By the same token, many of our phobias are learned behaviours that we picked up from our parents or caregivers.

However, because a Fear of Bathing is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Ablutophobia is your subjective evaluation of earlier experiences around which you have constructed a set of beliefs.

Ablutophobia sufferer in therapy session

Therapy & Counselling for Ablutophobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Ablutophobia and the fear of bathing.

Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:

  • How long you have had the problem.
  • Your personal preferences.
  • How your problem is affecting you today.

You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:

Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.

Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

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Arrange a FREE initial consultation

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from Ablutophobia then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any therapy or counselling going forward.

This consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet our therapists and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.

Call Paul on 07434 776125 or e-mail him on paul@leepsychology.com

Call Joan 0n 07434 776504 or e-mail her on joan@leepsychology.com

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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