CBT for Agoraphobia
CBT for Agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces) is one of the most effective ways of overcoming the emotional distress caused by anxiety related phobia conditions.
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and was developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960’s who noticed that people’s inner-thoughts were often much more significant than the things that they said out loud during therapy.
He called these inner-thoughts cognition and argued that the way that people think about their experiences links directly to the emotions that they then feel. In this sense, emotional experiences are a form of behaviour.
These ideas form the central concept of CBT which states that:
The way people think determines the way that they feel.
In the case of an Agoraphobia sufferer (phobias are a FEAR response) the fear and emotions that are felt are the direct result of what they think their experiences mean.
How does CBT for Agoraphobia work?
Normally a programme of CBT for Agoraphobia takes place over a period of 10 to 20 weeks with an hour long session once per week.
Firstly, because the way you think about your day-to-day experiences is determined by your core beliefs, the early sessions of CBT for Agoraphobia involve exploring and measuring these beliefs.
Secondly, once you are able to uncover your core beliefs, your thoughts about certain experiences will make more sense.
Thirdly, by understanding how you have made sense of your experiences in the past you can then begin to make changes to your thoughts and beliefs in order to create new, and more useful, emotional outcomes.
CBT for Agoraphobia builds upon the 5 core CBT principles developed by Aaron Beck.
How many sessions of CBT for Agoraphobia will I need?
Whilst this is a diificult question to be precise about, most people will be able to overcome their emotional distress in around 10 sessions.
However, because CBT for Agoraphobia is always tailored to your own individual needs and circumstances, getting the outcome that you want may sometimes require more sessions.
If you have been suffering Agoraphobia problems for many years and your level of anxiety is quite high, then in all likelihood, you can reasonably expect to take a bit longer to get where you want to be.
Our Tranceformental CBT for Agoraphobia programme is based on 10 sessions delivered over 10 weeks and uses an online learning platform for you to develop greater self-awareness and knowledge in the days between sessions.
How much does CBT for Agoraphobia cost?
Our Tranceformental CBT for Agoraphobia programme costs £799 which includes access to the online learning platform for a period of 16 weeks, 10 X 1 hour long sessions with Paul at the clinic in Wombourne or, if you prefer, via Zoom video sessions.
Paul is a post-graduate psychologist and holds both BSc. (Hons) and MSc. (Psych) degrees in applied psychology as well as a professional diploma in CBT.
He has been running Tranceform Psychology with Joan since 2009.
Find out more about CBT for Agoraphobia.
If you’d like to find out more about our CBT for Agoraphobia programme, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation at the clinic (as well as online) so that you can find out more about our services as well as get the opportunity to discuss your Agoraphobia related problems before having to committ to any sessions with us.
Overcome Agoraphobia with our online CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Agoraphobia is clinically proven to be effective.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.