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Paranoia

Paranoia is defined by thinking that people are somehow ‘out to get you’ or that otherwise seemingly random or innocuous events are ‘directed’ towards you personally, usually with the intent of malice or harm.

As with all problematic unhelpful thinking ‘styles’ or beliefs, the degree of ‘severity’ lies along a spectrum, at one end being mild thoughts and associated feelings and at the other end, severe paranoia making functioning extremely difficult.

Paranoia is most frequently associated with ‘paranoid schizophrenia’ although this is rarer than most people believe and when it is present, is generally treated with anti-psychotics.

Here at Tranceform Psychology we help people with thoughts or feelings of paranoia that are considered NOT to be as the result of psychosis.

If you think that you might be experiencing paranoia as the result of schizophrenia then we urge you to consult your GP or Psychiatrist for a formal diagnosis.

Paranoia is normally more prevalent in people who have a high sense of social anxiety and a feeling of a lack of ‘power’ over their own lives (also known as an external locus of control) which gives rise to thinking that people are being highly critical of them or even somehow ‘after them’ – this is often made worse by also have a catastrophic thinking style.

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Paranoia & Paranoid Thinking Test

Try answering the following 10 questions which have been designed to illuminate Paranoia related thoughts and feelings.

The higher the number of YES responses the more likely you experience bouts of paranoia and paranoid behaviour.

  1. Do you frequently worry that people are somehow trying to ‘use’ you?
  2. Do you worry about being ‘let-down’ or ‘betrayed’?
  3. Do you find it difficult to forgive and forget people who have mistreated you?
  4. Do you worry that people don’t tell you the ‘whole story’ or are trying to ‘deceive’ you?
  5. Do you worry that your partner may be cheating on you?
  6. Do you analyse people’s remarks to see if they are insulting you in some way?
  7. Do you find it difficult to confide in people fearing they may tell everybody?
  8. Do you worry that people are laughing at you ‘behind you back’?
  9. If you catch somebody staring at you in the street or whilst shopping do you automatically think they must be thinking something negative about YOU?
  10. Do you worry that friends might be meeting up without you behind your back?

(Adapted from ‘The Paranoid Thinking Style’, the Thrive Programme, Rob Kelly, 2015)

Although answering YES to each of these statements may seem perfectly reasonable to you they do indicate that paranoia is a component part of your thinking.

This notion that they are reasonable and make sense is due to what is called ‘confirmation bias‘ which is how our minds ‘twist’ the facts so that they make sense to our beliefs.

Psychological Therapy for Paranoia

Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for Paranoia which you can read about below.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Paranoia

If you’re committed to overcoming your Paranoia problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

Teach Yourself CBT and Overcome Your Problems for only £149!

Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.

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Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your mental health problems without having to visit a therapist.

Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.

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Alternative Therapies for Paranoia

Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Paranoia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.

These include:

Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.

General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.

Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

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Free Initial Consultations for Paranoia

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Paranoia problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.

At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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Overcome Your Mental Health difficulties with Our Online CBT Programme - From Only £299!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective for a range of mental health problems and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our advanced CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to spend a fortune.

The course is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support in-clinic or using Zoom.

Click Tranceformental CBT to find out more.

Also available as a self-directed course that you manage yourself without interacting with a therapist for only £149.

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