Fear of Ants Counselling Wolverhampton
Therapy for the Fear of Ants & Myrmecophobia
The Fear of Ants is known technically as Myrmecophobia and may also be the fear of insects or ‘creepy crawlies’ in a more general sense.
Fears and phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, always result is feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Fear of Ants is no different to any other (irrational) fear.
Many people do not really understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the Fear of Ants as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering this phobia, the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined. In fact, for the sufferer, the object or situation that triggers the phobia seems like a sensible thing to avoid!
The therapists at TranceForm are fully aware of this and will treat you and your Fear of Ants seriously when you consult us for help.
Just because somebody else doesn’t find the situations that give rise to the Fear of Ants particularly worrying, doesn’t mean that sufferers are in some way ‘stupid’ or dysfunctional – at some point the phobic response was ‘coherent’ and served a useful purpose.
The good news is that most people who suffer with the Fear of Ants can almost certainly learn the tools and techniques to manage their thinking more effectively and reduce, or completely eradicate, their phobia.
Fear of Ants Symptoms
The symptoms of the Fear of Ants 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
Symptoms of the Fear of Ants may seem to occur automatically and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts. When this happens it seems that the most natural thing to do is to develop a ‘strategy, of avoiding those situations which ‘trigger’ the problem. These strategies are collectively known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the Fear of Ants sufferer, these safety behaviours often have the opposite effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
In some instances the Fear of Ants may be the result of negative emotional experiences in earlier life, or just as often can simply be something that happened more recently that has become the current ‘focus of attention’.
If not addressed sooner rather than later, the Fear of Ants can often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ll always have this phobia”.
In just as many cases, the Fear of Ants may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Treatment for the Fear of Ants
TranceForm is able to offer two distinct forms of therapy for treating the Fear of Ants, “Incremental” therapy and “Transformational” therapy. The main difference between these two Therapeutic models lies in the way they approach the problem.
Incremental Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Thrive Programme tend to regard the symptoms of the Fear of Ants 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. By following these types of therapies a person makes ‘incremental’ changes over the course of time.
Transformational Therapies such as Psychoanalysis and Coherence Therapy are fundamentally different to incremental 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. Following a course of transformational therapy a person will often ‘uncover’ the ‘original’ experience that led to the development of the symptoms in a ’cause-and-effect’ doctrine.
The choice of which therapy could be more effective for the Fear of Ants will depend on a wide range of individual factors that are normally discussed at the initial consultation – see below.
FREE Initial Consultations for the Fear of Ants
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Fear of Ants.
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 and counselling 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.
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