All About Acrophobia, the Fear of Heights, & How To Overcome it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands
What is Acrophobia?
Acrophobia is the Fear of Heights or high places and is extremely common across the population.
Sufferers will often argue that their fear of heights or high places is completely rational because falling from a very high building, for example, is almost certainly likely to result in fatal injuries.
Whilst this is certainly true, what acrophobia sufferers fail to take into consideration is that falling from a high building is extremely unlikely in the first place.
This ‘statistical’ distortion (that something extremely unlikely to happen, is highly likely to happen) is a common feature of phobic thinking and explains why phobias are considered to be irrational.
It is the perception that high places are dangerous that is the key to understanding and overcoming acrophobia.
Acrophobia Symptoms & Behaviours
All phobias, including Acrophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.
Consequently, the symptoms of Acrophobia are both specific and generic and may include:
- Avoidance of tall buildings or places.
- An elevated heart rate.
- A sense of dread about what might happen.
- Worrying that you might pass out.
- Feeling dizzy or disoriented.
- Heart palpitations.
- Dry or Sticky mouth
- Hot sweats.
- Difficulty breathing easily.
- Feelings of panic.
You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Acrophobia.
However, it is important to be aware that these symptoms WILL subside over time and rarely last for more that 20 to 30 minutes.
CBT for Acrophobia
If you’re committed to overcoming your fear of heights then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand the psychological aspects of your problem.
It can also help you to identify any unhelpful thinking styles or limiting beliefs that might be reinforcing the issue.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme. if you prefer not to consult a therapist directly.
CBT is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Free Initial Consultations for Acrophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Acrophobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various psychological therapy 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 any therapy treatments 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.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.
Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.
Areas We Serve
Tranceform offers CBT, therapy & counselling for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.