Fear of Sunlight Counselling Wolverhampton
Therapy for the Fear of Sunlight & Heliophobia
The Fear of Sunlight is Technically Known as Heliophobia.
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Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Heliophobia 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 Sunlight 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 Heliophobia 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 Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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.
The symptoms of the Fear of Sunlight 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
- Aches & Pains
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
Heliophobia 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 Sunlight rather than solve it!
Your Fear of Sunlight 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, Heliophobia 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 Sunlight 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!
TranceForm Psychology is able to offer a range of different psychological treatments for your Fear of Sunlight including both ‘cognitive’ (thinking) based talking therapies as well as therapies based on ’emotional’ content. See below for more details.
Cognitive Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Thrive Programme tend to regard the symptoms of Heliophobia as being due to ‘unhelpful thinking styles‘ or patterns of thinking that directly ‘create’ the ‘feelings’ of anxiety and stress when encountering the phobic object or situation. At Tranceform our preferred approach is through the Thrive Programme which addresses the most fundamental core beliefs and so changes these problems at ‘source’.
These types of therapy focus on building a set of ‘coping skills‘ and mechanisms that are very much focused on the ‘present day’ experience rather than any ‘past traumas’.
This relationship between thinking (cognition) and feelings (behaviour) is the central pillar of these types of therapy and is supported by a substantial body of scientific evidence.
Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) is a hybrid form of therapy offered by Joan which is designed to create new neural pathways that ‘circumvent’ any hard-wired ‘reflex’ type responses that have been laid-down by habitual responses to trigger stimuli or events. In other words BWRT helps to ‘disconnect’ the normal phobic reaction by breaking the association between trigger and response and creating more preferred responses. This is a very similar mechanism to EMDR offered by Dr. Somal here at the clinic.
Psycho-Dynamic Therapies such as Psychoanalysis take a different approach to the cognitive therapies as they consider that events and social influences experienced in the earlier formative lives of the person can cause, or at least “pre-dispose”, a person to ‘process events’ in a specific way in later life.
The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to help a person to explore, develop personal insight and resolve these causative issues following the doctrine of “cause and effect”.
You can read more about Psychodynamic Therapy V Directive Therapy approaches here.
FREE Initial Consultations for Fear of Sunlight
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Fear of Sunlight.
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 Psychology we understand that therapy is a collaborative process 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 for Fear of Sunlight, including both the financial and personal implications.
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