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Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces

Agoraphobia Therapy & Counselling

Agoraphobia is the Fear of Open Spaces and, like all other fears and phobias, can be a cause of significant anxiety and stress for those who suffer from it.

Sufferers often find it difficult to leave the comfort and safety of their own homes for fear that something bad may happen, or that they will not be able to get back home.

During 2020 the UK experienced the Coronavirus pandemic in which the British public were constantly told about the dangers of venturing outside and even that going outside endangered other people lives.

Following the lowering of lockdown measures, many people felt that it was still too dangerous to go outside and began to develop Agoraphobia as a result of post coronavirus stress.

Agoraphobia image of open countryside

Agoraphobia Symptoms & Behaviours

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

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

  • Avoidance of open spaces.
  • Feeling unsafe when outside.
  • 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 Agoraphobia.

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 agoraphobia

What causes Agoraphobia?

It’s possible that your Agoraphobia is the result of traumatic events that you experienced in your earlier developmental years, such as getting lost, for example on a family shopping outing.

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

Agoraphobia sufferer in therapy session

Therapy & Counselling for Agoraphobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Agoraphobia the fear of open spaces.

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 Agoraphobia 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

Contact Paul

You can contact Paul on:

07434 776125

or by e-mail at:

paul@leepsychology.com

Contact Joan

You can contact Joan on:

07434 776504

or by e-mail at:

joan@leepsychology.com

Links to More Information

These links take you to other resources on the web.

Agoraphobia on the NHS website

Joan

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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