All About Ablutophobia, the Fear of Bathing, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling
What is Ablutophobia?
Ablutophobia is the Fear of Bathing and, like all other fears and phobias, can be a cause of significant anxiety and stress if you suffer from it.
There may be a number of reasons why you developed Ablutophobia such as:
- Negative bathing or swimming experiences in the past.
- Aquaphobia Fear of water
- Thalassophobia Fear of the sea.
- Gymnophobia the fear of nudity.
There is no scientific evidence that Ablutophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance in spite of the traction that biomedical models of mental illness are given in the media.
On the contrary, Ablutophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to you and is therefore a psychosocial phenomenon.
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:
- Fear or anxiety about the idea of bathing or swimming.
- Panic attacks or anxiety attacks in situations where you are likely to encounter water.
- Avoidance of situations that may involve bathing, such as swimming pools or health spas.
- Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath when faced with the prospect of bathing or swimming.
- Feeling of helplessness or being out of control in the presence of water.
- Intrusive thoughts or nightmares related to bathing.
- Depression, irritability, or other mood changes related to Ablutophobia.
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.
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.
Is Your Phobia Making You Anxious Or Are You Creating Your Own Problem?
It might be hard to accept, but it’s almost certain that the anxiety you experience when you encounter your phobic object or situation is being created by YOU unwittingly and NOT the thing you fear.
Find out more about the subjective vs objective nature of phobias here.
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 the fear of bathing on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Ablutophobia
- Counselling for Ablutophobia
- Pluralistic Therapy for Ablutophobia
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.
Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular phobia and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.
The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
Applied Psychology Solutions
If you’d like to learn how to overcome Ablutophobia but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.
If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?
Then why not see if you can solve your own problems using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.
Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.
Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.
How About Hypnotherapy?
There are numerous ways to overcome and cope with mental health problems and Hypnotherapy is an increasingly popular approach.
If you’d like to find out more about Hypnotherapy for Ablutophobia then click here to visit our sister website Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy.
We offer counselling for Ablutophobia problems for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.