Acrophobia Counselling Wolverhampton
Acrophobia and Fear of Heights Therapy
Acrophobia is the Fear of Heights or high places and is extremely common across the population. In many cases this phobia may seem completely rational as very high places can often be genuinely dangerous, but for the majority of people experiencing “height” the danger is very low as most tall buildings are quite safe and rarely fall down!
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ridiculous or silly, the person who suffers from the phobia 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 Acrophobia 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 phobic person “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 Acrophobia understand 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!
Symptoms of Acrophobia
The symptoms of Acrophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Inability to Relax
- An Impending Sense of Dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Acrophobia 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!
Acrophobia 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 a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Acrophobia 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 Acrophobia will find a course of Psychotherapy helps enormously.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Treatment for Acrophobia
TranceForm is able to offer two distinct forms of Psychotherapy for treating Acrophobia, “Directive” therapy and “Psychodynamic” therapy. The main difference between these two Therapeutic models lies in the way they approach the problem.
Directive Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme tend to regard the symptoms of Acrophobia as existing very much in the present moment and consider that the past experiences of the sufferer should largely be disregarded as playing little part in the problem today. These types of therapy place a low emphasis on the dynamic processes that exist between the Therapist and the Client and see the methodology itself as being the main solution.
Psycho-Dynamic Therapies such as Psychoanalysis and Schema Therapy are fundamentally different to the Directive approaches as they consider that events and influences experienced in the earlier formative lives of the person can cause, or at least “pre-dispose”, a person to suffer in a specific way in later life. The aim of psycho-dynamic therapy is to help a person to understand and resolve these causative issues following the doctrine of “cause and effect”. In these types of Therapy, the relationship between the therapist and client is considered as an important factor in the solution to the problems.
You can read more about Psychodynamic Therapy V Directive Therapy approaches here.
FREE Initial Consultations for Acrophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Acrophobia. 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 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 Acrophobia
Acrophobia problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these 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 good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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