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Blushing Therapy & Counselling

Blushing is the involuntary reddening of the face, usually (but not always) triggered by an emotional experience such as embarrassment or stress and invariably occurs when you ‘need it least’!

It affects people of all genders in roughly equal numbers.

More often than not, other areas of your body such as the neck, ears and upper chest can also be affected.

As well as causing redness, it can also make the affected area actually feel hot – often described as feeling “flush.”

Although this is a normal reaction to certain situations, you may feel very self-conscious when you blush and would like to be able to stop those “inappropriate” blushes.

Because blushing can be seen by other people it is often linked to social anxiety.

Worrying about going red in public is known as Erythrophobia.

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Blushing Symptoms

The symptoms associated with blushing problems are very similar to experienced with social anxiety and may include:

  • Worrying about going red at the wrong moment
  • Avoiding being the centre of attention
  • Worrying what people might think about you when blushing.
  • Feeling awkward in social situations.
  • Avoiding eye-to-eye contact with others.
  • Worrying about those in positions of authority.
  • Fearing criticism.
  • Worrying about making ‘silly’ mistakes.

Although there may be physical reasons why you might blush, such as certain illlnesses or other biological factors (see below), most blushing problems are psychological in nature.

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What Causes Blushing?

“Normally” you blush when a strong emotional trigger stimulates the nervous system to widen the blood vessels in the face, technically known as “vasodilation.”

This increases the flow of blood into the blood vessels just underneath the skin, causing your face to turn red.

It can be triggered by both Psychological as well as Physical causes, such as:

  • Social Anxiety (social phobia) – the fear of social situations and being around people (psychological).
  • Rosacea – a skin condition that mainly affects the face (physiological).
  • Female Menopause (physiological).
  • Some medications – for example Tamoxifen used in breast cancer treatment (physiological).
  • It can also be triggered by alcohol consumption, hot drinks, eating hot or spicy food and strenuous exercise.

We recommend that you consult your GP prior to contacting us in order to rule out any of the physiological causes listed above.

Do I Need Therapy for Blushing?

Most people will blush from time to time, and it’s not usually a cause for concern.

However, if you blush frequently it can have a significant negative impact and lead to the avoidance of certain situations or interacting with other people.

If it has become a problem then consider making an appointment to come along for one of our free initial consultations where we can discuss the types of therapy available.

Blushing sufferer in therapy session

Therapy & Counselling for Blushing

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for blushing and blushing-related anxiety problems.

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 your blushing problems 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

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Links to More Information

These links take you to other resources on the web.

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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