Claustrophobia Counselling

Claustrophobia is the Fear of Enclosed Spaces 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 Claustrophobia, for example:

  • Negative experiences in small spaces in the past.
  • Growing up with a parent who suffered from a fear of enclosed spaces.
  • A fear of being buried alive – Taphophobia.

Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence that Claustrophobia 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, Claustrophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to you and is therefore better described as a psychosocial phenomenon.

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Claustrophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

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

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

  • Avoidance of small or tight spaces such as lifts or tunnels.
  • An elevated heart rate.
  • A sense of dread about what might happen.
  • Worrying that you might pass out.
  • Feeling dizzy or disoriented.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Having a dry or sticky mouth.
  • Hot sweats.
  • Feeling Stressed.
  • 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 Claustrophobia.

However, you should also be aware that many of these somatic symptoms (symptoms felt in the body) WILL subside over time and rarely last for more than 20 to 30 minutes.

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What Causes Claustrophobia?

It’s possible that your Claustrophobia may be the result of traumatic events or adverse situations that you experienced when growing-up.

For example, you may have felt trapped in a tightly packed lift at some point and were unable to stop the lift to get out.

However, because a Fear of Enclosed Spaces is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Claustrophobia is the way you understood and made sense of your earlier experiences around which you have built a set of beliefs.

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Counselling and Therapy for Claustrophobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Claustrophobia the Fear of Enclosed Spaces.

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

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

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

Although all forms of psychotherapy 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.

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Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming Claustrophobia 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.

Paul Lee BSc. MSc. Psych.

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Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP.

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