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Fear of Buttons

Mental Health Counselling for the Fear of Buttons – Available in Wolverhampton and Online

The Fear of Buttons is Technically Known as Koumpounophobia. It is a rare phobia and may be related to early childhood experiences in which a young child might put a button in their mouths resuting in a distressed or catastrophic reaction from a parent resulting in a phobic reaction years later.

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    All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and the Fear of Buttons is no different.

    Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Koumpounophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.

    You can read more about phobias in general here.

    We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Fear of Buttons seriously and with ‘unconditional positive regard’.

    It has long been understood within the world of psychology that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Koumpounophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents a real danger to them, then they will experience real fear with all of the associated symptoms.

    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 Buttons 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 Buttons 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 Buttons Symptoms

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    The symptoms of the Fear of Buttons are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

    • Panic attacks
    • Inability to Relax
    • Problems Concentrating
    • Being quick tempered
    • Feelings of dizziness
    • Prickly sensations like pins and Buttons
    • Palpitations
    • Aches & Pains
    • Fatigue
    • Dry and Sticky mouth
    • Sweating Excessively
    • Breathlessness
    • Migraines and Headaches

    Koumpounophobia 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 Buttons rather than solve it!

    Your Fear of Buttons 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, Koumpounophobia 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 Buttons 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.


    Transform Your Thinking & Overcome The Fear of Buttons

    If you’re committed to overcoming your fear of buttons then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul, or Joan.

    Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required

    The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychological training course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, 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.

    Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

    Initial Consultations for the Fear of Buttons

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    We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your fear of buttons prior to commencing any treatment plans.

    The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes

    Why not drop us an e-mail to find out if we can help before arranging your initial assessment or, if you prefer, leave us a message on our Facebook page: facebook.com/tranceformational/ and we’ll get back to you to arrange a mutual date and time.

    During this consultation we will discuss the various 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 our change programmes 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.

    For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

    CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

    The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.

    Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

    Visit Online Counselling for more details.

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    Contact Paul Lee BSc. MSc.

    Read about Paul

    I specialise in the following areas:

    Tranceformental CBT

    Life Coaching

    Psychodynamic Therapy

    Call me on 07434 776125

    e-mail: paul@tranceformpsychology.com

    Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.

    Read about Joan

    I specialise in the following therapies:

    Brain Working Recursive Therapy

    (Conscious) Analytical Therapy

    Tranceformental CBT

    Call Joan on: 07434 776504

    e-mail: joan@tranceformpsychology.com

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