Fear of Bad Breath Therapy & Counselling
The Fear of Bad Breath is technically known as Halitophobia and may be the fear of HAVING bad breath yourself, or alternatively the fear of encountering other people’s bad breath.
Either way, if this phobia is having a negative impact on your life or social interactions, then a solution is available.
The fear of bad breath may have become more exaggerated since the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic because of the problems associated with transmission of the virus in a person’s breath.
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Halitophobia 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 Fear of Bad Breath seriously and with ‘unconditional positive regard’.
This ‘reaction’ itself is not ‘faulty’ – the problem isn’t the Anxiety that is experienced, but the ‘idea’ or ‘thoughts’ that go into creating this reaction!
The greater majority of people who suffer with the Fear of Bad Breath readily accept that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge.
It is important to understand, therefore, that despite the severity and strength of the negative emotional experience that the Fear of Bad Breath might produce inside you, that it is 100% created by your thinking and not by the external object or environment itself.
This idea is known as ‘constructionism’ and is particularly well understood.
Fear of Bad Breath Symptoms
- Anger problems
- Generalised Anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Control issues
- Feelings of depression
- Insomnia & sleeping problems
- Low Self-Esteem
- Low Self-Confidence
- Panic attacks
- Overthinking things
- Avoidance and safety behaviours
Halitophobia 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 Fear of Bad Breath rather than solve it!
Your Fear of Bad Breath may be the result of negative experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, these symptoms can become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “you have learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Halitophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated avoidance behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer with a Fear of Bad Breath will find that a course of Psychological Therapy will help enormously by helping to change the fundamental thinking contributing to the problem in the first place!
Therapy & Counselling for the Fear of Bad Breath
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for the Fear of Bad Breath which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the Fear of Bad Breath
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychological therapy course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problems.
It will also help you to identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issues, 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.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Self-Help CBT Course for the Fear of Bad Breath only £149!
Our online self-help CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this course will provide you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your mental health problems from the comfort of your own home.
Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.
Alternative Therapies for the Fear of Bad Breath
Although our preferred form of psychological therapy for the Fear of Bad Breath is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
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.
Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Bad Breath
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Halitophobia 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 the Fear of Bad Breath 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.