Fear of Dentists Counselling
Mental Health Counselling for the Fear of Dentists – Available in Wolverhampton & Online
Fear of Dentists refers to the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care as opposed to fear of dentists themselves.
Its technical name is Ondontophobia.
Other names for this phobia include Dental Phobia, Dentophobia, Dentist Phobia or Dental Anxiety.
However, it has been suggested that the term “dental phobia” is inappropriate as many people with this condition do not feel their fears to be irrational or unreasonable and can relate directly to a previous painful experience.
As with any type of phobia, there are varying degrees of fear of dentists.
The most common, and least severe, is simply a worry of the unknown.
This may arise if you’ve heard “horror” stories from other people or you’re worried about what might happen.
The next level of fear of dentists is “Dental Fear”, which is a reaction to a known danger.
For example, you may have had a tooth removed and experienced some pain.
As a result, you may stress about experiencing it again.
In these cases it may not seem at all like the fear you experience is “irrational” but, on the contrary, completely logical!
However, in general terms, Dentistry is so good these days that it is reasonable to expect a pain-free experience.
Dental phobia is similar to dental fear but is a more severe form of fear of dentists.
It’s often the result of a bad past experience either at the hands of a poorly trained dentist, or because of a particularly painful experience.
For some people, dental phobia can be so crippling that simply seeing a toothpaste advert or a dental surgery can cause distress.
Reasons you may have developed the fear of Dentists:
- A bad childhood experience
- A Fear of Needles or Injections
- Fear of the Dentist’s Drill (association with the sound)
- Feeling out of control of the situation
- Feelings of vulnerability
- Invasion of your personal space
- Fear created by friends relating terrible experiences
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome the Fear of Dentists
If you’re committed to overcoming your Fear of Dentists then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.
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 the Fear of Dentists
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for the Fear of Dentists is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
- 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 the Fear of Dentists
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Fear of Dentists 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 Book
The Restrictive Realities of Belief is Paul's recently authored self-help book containing everything you need to know about how mental health problems are 'realised' through the socio-cultural beliefs that we acquire over our lifetimes and what you can do to bring about effective change.
You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:
It is currently available as a 307 page A4 PDF file for just £19.99 which you can purchase here using PayPal. Your copy of the book will be sent by e-mail.
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.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.
I specialise in the following therapies:
I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, mediation and hypnotherapy
Call Joan on: 07434 776504