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Fear of Public Speaking Counselling

Mental Health Counselling for the Fear of Public Speaking – Available in Wolverhampton and Online

The Fear of Public Speaking is one of the most common phobias that people suffer from, including many people who have never made any kind of public speech. Its technical name is Glossophobia.

The thought of standing up in front of a crowd of strangers (or friends and colleagues) can turn even the most robust individual into a nervous wreck!

Many people cannot imagine anything much worse than having to get up and give a speech, or make a presentation at work!

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For some, the fear of public speaking might create so much Anxiety that they would rather turn down a better paid job because it requires making presentations.

It is not uncommon for men to opt out of being their friends “best man” as they will be expected to make a speech at the wedding.

Symptoms of Fear of Public Speaking

Typically just the thought of having to get up and speak publicly can result in:

  • Palms sweating
  • Hands and legs developing the shakes
  • Mouth Goes dry
  • Thoughts start to race through the mind
  • The heart starts to “pound”
  • The memory goes completely blank
  • Feeling like you’re blushing terribly

In fact, just about all of the symptoms associated with having a Panic Attack.

If you have suffered these “symptoms” when having to speak publicly, or develop these feelings at the prospect of having to do so, then you would almost certainly benefit from undertaking some sort of training or therapy.

You can also try these steps to overcome the Fear of Public Speaking on Wikihow.

The Fear of Public Speaking May Be Social Anxiety Disorder

In all of the cases that we have helped people to resolve their fear of public speaking it has been by recognising that this problem has an almost identical set of “cognitive distortions” as Social Anxiety Disorder.

Common underlying thoughts may be that:

  • “I will make a fool of myself and people will think I’m an idiot”
  • “I’ll forget or stumble over my words and people will think I’m stupid”
  • “I’m not as clever as the other people and people will think I’m a fraud”

The common thread in these thoughts is that “other people” will come to some conclusion about them and almost always this is believed to be some sort of negative conclusion.

People hardly ever think to themselves..

I bet they’ll all think I’m brilliant at public speaking

.. even though they might be!

Help for Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of Public Speaking, in common with ALL Phobias, is “irrational” in nature and is produced by Limiting Beliefs.

The distorted thinking present with Fear of Public Speaking may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety.

If we can learn how to manage this distorted thinking using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the Anxiety.

It is also possible that people suffering from Fear of Public Speaking may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Fear and Anxiety.

In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking associated with Fear of Public Speaking itself, following a course of Psycho-dynamic Therapy may be more beneficial.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

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If you’re committed to overcoming your Fear of Public Speaking problems 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 Public Speaking

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Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for the Fear of Public Speaking 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 the Fear of Public Speaking

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Fear of Public Speaking 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.

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You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:

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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.


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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.

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.

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