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Opthalmophobia

Mental Health Counselling for Opthalmophobia the Fear of Being Seen – Available in Wolverhampton or Online Worldwide

Opthalmophobia is the Fear of Being Seen or sometimes being ‘caught’ doing something in public.

During the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic people were obliged by law to stay at home and to minimise social interactions. It is quite plausible that some people might worry that being seen outside would result in lots of social judgement.

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Opthalmophobia is distinctly different from Scopophobia (being stared at) and has more to do with actually being ‘seen’. This may have derived from experiences where the thought of being ‘caught’ may have been involved, or alternatively due to having done something incredibly embarrassing!

All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Opthalmophobia 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 Opthalmophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.

We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Opthalmophobia 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 Opthalmophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.

The majority of people who do suffer with Opthalmophobia recognise that their fear 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 solution!

Opthalmophobia Symptoms

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

  • Panic attacks
  • Avoid going out in public
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Being quick tempered
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations like pins and needles
  • Palpitations
  • Aches & Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness
  • Migraines and Headaches

Opthalmophobia Symptoms are generally 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” behaviours.

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

Opthalmophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.

Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”

In just as many cases, Opthalmophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Opthalmophobia will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Opthalmophobia

If you’re committed to overcoming your fear of being seen 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 Opthalmophobia

Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for opthalmophobia 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.
  • 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.

Initial Consultations for Opthalmophobia

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your fear of being seen or being ‘caught out’ 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.

For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established cognitive behavioural therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

CBT 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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Do You Have a ‘Mental Illness’?

Why not try out these mental health quizzes to see if you have the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety.

PHQ 9 Depression Test

GAD7 Anxiety Test

These two tests are used throughout the mental health profession as indicators of mental illness.

NOTE: These quizzes do NOT diagnose mental illness, only that you have associated symptoms.

Contact Paul Lee BSc. MSc.

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I specialise in the following areas:

Tranceformental CBT

Life Coaching

Psychodynamic Therapy

Call me on 07434 776125

e-mail: paul@tranceformpsychology.com

Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.

Read about Joan

I specialise in the following therapies:

Hypnotherapy

Brain Working Recursive Therapy

(Conscious) Analytical Therapy

Call Joan on: 07434 776504

e-mail: joan@tranceformpsychology.com

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