Paranoia Counselling in Wolverhampton
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.
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.
- Do you frequently worry that people are somehow trying to ‘use’ you?
- Do you worry about being ‘let-down’ or ‘betrayed’?
- Do you find it difficult to forgive and forget people who have mistreated you?
- Do you worry that people don’t tell you the ‘whole story’ or are trying to ‘deceive’ you?
- Do you worry that your partner may be cheating on you?
- Do you analyse people’s remarks to see if they are insulting you in some way?
- Do you find it difficult to confide in people fearing they may tell everybody?
- Do you worry that people are laughing at you ‘behind you back’?
- 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?
- 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.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Paranoia
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to change your paranoia related issues (or other thinking errors) into something more helpful, then why not follow the Thrive Programme with Paul here at TranceForm.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change a range of unhelpful thinking and limiting belief systems that have an adverse impact on the living experience.
Over the course of ten sessions you will discover how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then learn proven scientific principles to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience.
FREE Initial Consultations for Paranoia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your paranoia problems. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Paranoia
Paranoia problems may be made even worse by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these ‘thinking errors’ by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was nice because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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Don't hesitate to get in touch with us to find out how Tranceform could help you to achieve your goals and aspirations or overcome problems. We offer ALL prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss all the options available to you.