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Cynophobia Counselling

Mental Health Counselling for Cynophobia the Fear of Dogs – Available in Wolverhampton or Online throughout the rest of the World

Cynophobia is the fear of dogs and is quite a common phobia. In the vast majority of cases Cynophobia will have been created by a negative experience with a dog at a young age, particularly as dogs are prone to bark unexpectedly and at seemingly inocuous events.

Some people find that it is specific breeds of dog that they fear rather than fearing all dogs. Horiffic media stories about viscious dog attacks may also contribute to a general sense of unease around dogs,

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All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce real feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Cynophobia is no different in this sense.

Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Cynophobia knows only too well that the anxious feelings and panic attacks that they experience are real enough.

We completely understand this here at Tranceform Psychology and will treat you and your Cynophobia seriously.

For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Cynophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.

This fact highlights the significance that our ‘beliefs’ have on the way that we experience things because the ‘meanings’ that we attribute to our experiences creates the conditions for how our bodies respond.

Much of the work we do in helping people overcome phobias like Cynophobia focuses on the evaluation and modifications of a person’s core beliefs and values so that exposure to the phobic trigger can be ‘evaluated’ differently and given new and more useful ‘meanings’ – what is known as ‘adaptive coping’.

Most people suffering from Cynophobia do recognise that their phobia is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a good outcome!

Cynophobia Symptoms

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The symptoms of Cynophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Being short tempered
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations like pins and needles
  • Palpitations
  • Aches & Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness

Cynophobia symptoms tend to be automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “safety” or “avoidance” type behaviours.

Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solving it!

Cynophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be directly (or indirectly) linked to the object or situational fear but this is not always the case because phobias can also be assimilated (or learned) in the earlier stages of life if parents, family members or other influential people in a person’s life exhibit the phobia.

Over time, Cynophobia symptoms may become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – in these cases, sufferers may not seek help for their problem for many years as they learn to ‘accept’ it.

In just as many cases, however, Cynophobia may become much more pervasive and start to get in the way of normal living. This is particularly true if the safety and avoidance behaviours have grown in frequency and sophistication.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Cynophobia will find a course of psychological therapy helps enormously.

You can read more about the different types of psychological therapy for Cynophobia below.

Overcome Your Cynophobia with Our Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!

Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as Cynophobia and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

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Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your Cynophobia without having to visit a therapist.

Click Self-Help CBT for Cynophobia to find out more.

Psychological Help for Cynophobia

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If you’re committed to overcoming your Cynophobia problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed 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.

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

Alternative Therapy Options for Cynophobia

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Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Cynophobia 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.

Free Initial Consultations for Cynophobia

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Cynophobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various 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 our change programmes 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.

Buy Our Self-Help CBT Course

Tranceformental CBT is now available as a self-help (therapist-free) online course.

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The course teaches you everything that you need to know to overcome a wide range of mental health problems and phobias and follows exactly the same procedures and uses the same materials as our in-clinic programme (costing £795) but because there is no direct engagement with a therapist is available for ONLY £99.

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This course includes:

16 weeks access to the online portal.

10 in-depth modules.

A separate, down-loadable practical workbook.

Options to add Face-to-Face or Zoom support sessions if desired.

All for just £99!

Find out more about our course of Self-Directed CBT here or purchase the course by clicking the image below, or simply visit our shop.

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For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

You can purchase a course of Tranceformental CBT in our shop by clicking on the image below.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

Contact Paul Lee BSc. MSc. MIAEBP

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Hi, I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology & specialise in the following:

Tranceformental CBT

Mental Health at Work

Psychodynamic Therapy

Call me on 07434 776125

or e-mail me on:

paul@tranceformpsychology.com

Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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I specialise in the following therapies:

Hypnotherapy

Brain Working Recursive Therapy

Analytical Therapy

I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, meditation and hypnotherapy

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Call Joan on: 07434 776504

e-mail:

joan@tranceformpsychology.com

You can see all Hypnotherapy Products in our shop here.

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