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Acrophobia is the Fear of Heights

Acrophobia Therapy & Counselling

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

Sufferers often argue that their fear of heights or high places is completely rational because falling from a very high building is cerain to result in fatal injuries.

Whilst this is certainly true, what Acrophobia sufferers fail to take into consideration is that falling from a high building 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.

Man with Acrophobia standing on the edge of a tall building

Acrophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

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

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

  • Avoidance of tall buildings or places.
  • 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 Acrophobia.

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 Acrophobia

What causes Acrophobia?

There are suggestions that a fear of heights is a hard-wired reaction as falling from a high place is an obvious threat.

Psychological research indicates, for example, that humans tend to over-estimate how high up they actually are in order to reinforce the potential dangers.

It’s also possible that your Acrophobia may be the result of traumatic events that you experienced in your earlier developmental years.

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

Health anxiety sufferer in therapy session

Therapy & Counselling for Acrophobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for acrophobia the fear of heights.

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.

Furthermore, research also suggests that therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

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Want To Find Out More?

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from Acrophobia or the Fear of Heights 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 counselling programmes or sessions going forward.

Additionally, is our view that not only do you need to decide whether our approach suits who you are and what you have been through, but also whether or not you feel you will be able to work effectively with us as individuals.

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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Lee Psychology, Maypole House, Yew Tree Court, Wombourne, South Staffordshire, WV5 9JB.

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