All About The Fear of Men & How To Overcome it with CBT Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands
What is the fear of Men?
The fear of Men is also known as Androphobia.
There are generally two principal causes of this problem, maltreatment by a male within a relationship, especially if the relationship has been abusive at all, and it may also be linked to very strict parenting styles, again, particularly if punishment was a theme within childhood.
In some cases, therefore, the fear of men may be highly rational but it is always important to be cautious of overgeneralising as not ALL men should be feared.
Fear is the emotional experience that we have when we perceive there to be some sort of threat in our immediate location or context, or even that a threat may present itself in the future (anticipatory anxiety) and this is certainly true for somebody who has a fear of Men.
The important thing to be aware of is that we only need to perceive (believe) that something is a threat in order to trigger the fear reaction and just as importantly, what one person perceives to be a threat may not be regarded as threatening to somebody else.
In other words, the fear of Men is a highly individual experience based on the subjective belief that Men represents a threat to that individual.
Many people do not really understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the fear of Men as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering this fear the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined.
We are fully aware of the subjective nature of individual fears and will treat you and your Fear of Men seriously when you consult us for help.
Fear of Men Symptoms & Behaviours
All phobias, including the Fear of Men, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are invariably always perceived as a threat.
Consequently, the symptoms of the Fear of Men are both specific and generic and may include:
- Fear or anxiety about being in the presence of Men.
- Panic attacks or anxiety attacks in situations where Men are present or anticipated to be present.
- Safety behaviours or avoidance of situations that may involve Men, such as social events or work-related activities.
- Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath when faced with Men.
- Feeling of helplessness or being out of control in the presence of Men.
- Obsessive thoughts (OCD) or nightmares related to Men.
- Depression, irritability, or other mood changes related to Men.
You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of the Fear of Men.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the Fear of Men
T-CBT is a clinically proven psychotherapy course that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify any limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking styles that you might have developed in order to cope, and then provide guidance on how to make changes to your thinking and behaviours to irradicate the problems.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has an excellent track-record with problems based on anxiety and fearful cognitions (thoughts) which are key factors in the fear of Men.
Alternative Psychotherapies for the Fear of Men
Although we generally recommend CBT for Androphobia, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for people preferring a different approach.
Psychodynamic therapy which focuses on understanding why the problem has arisen and relies on the therapy relationship to bring about change.
Counselling which is less formally structured than CBT but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss issues. Talking problems through with a skilled counsellor is often therapeutic in its own right.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Men
We offer all prospective clients FREE initial consultations to discuss your Androphobia problems prior to commencing any psychotherapy programmes.
The consultation and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various solutions that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available online.
We recognise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so it is important to meet (either face-to-face or online) before deciding to follow a course of psychotherapy.
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
We offer mental health services, therapy & counselling for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.