All About Aquaphobia, the Fear of Water, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling

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What is Aquaphobia?

Aquaphobia is the Fear of Water 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 Aquaphobia such as:

Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that Aquaphobia 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, Aquaphobia 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.

Common symptoms of Aquaphobia

Aquaphobia Symptoms & Behaviours

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

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

  • Fear or anxiety about being near water.
  • Panic attacks or anxiety attacks in situations where water is present or anticipated to be present.
  • Avoidance of situations that may involve water, such as swimming or holidays near the sea.
  • Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath when faced with water.
  • Feeling of helplessness or being out of control in the presence of water.
  • Intrusive thoughts or nightmares related to water.
  • Depression, irritability, or other mood changes related to water.

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

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

Scientist examining the possible causes of Aquaphobia

What Causes Aquaphobia?

It’s possible that your Aquaphobia may be the result of traumatic events or adverse situations that you experienced in your earlier developmental years.

You may, for example, have had a near drowning experience in childhood and are now terrified whenver you go near water.

However, because a Fear of Water is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Aquaphobia is your subjective evaluation of earlier experiences around which you have developed 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.

Aquaphobia sufferer in therapy session

Counselling and Therapy for Aquaphobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Aquaphobia the Fear of Water.

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 Aquaphobia 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 the therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

Free initial consultations for Aquaphobia

Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

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

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 Aquaphobia 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.

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 Aquaphobia then click here to visit our sister website Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy.

Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?

Then why not see if you can solve your aquaphobia 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.

Counselling Locations

We offer counselling for Aquaphobia problems for people living in:

  • Wombourne
  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury

You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.