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Therapy for Thanatophobia the Fear of Dying or Fear of Death

Thanatophobia is the Fear of Dying or Death.

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It might seem completely reasonable that death is something that people ‘should’ be afraid of, but of course EVERYBODY is going to die as surely as everybody was born and so having a fear of something that is an absolute certainty does seem is little bit ‘unproductive’!

It may be that people who experience Thanatophobia have more of their fear asociated with the ‘mode’ of death, in other words, ‘will it be painful’?

All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Thanatophobia is no different in this sense.

Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Thanatophobia 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 Thanatophobia seriously.

For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Thanatophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.

The majority of people who do suffer with Thanatophobia recognise that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!

Symptoms of Thanatophobia

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The symptoms of Thanatophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Preoccupation with safety
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme risk aversion
  • An Impending Sense of Dread
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Being quick tempered
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations like pins and needles
  • Palpitations
  • Aches & Pains
  • Fatigued Muscles
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Poor Quality of Sleep

Thanatophobia 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 phobia rather than solve it!

Thanatophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.

Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”

In just as many cases, Thanatophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Thanatophobia will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Thanatophobia

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If you’re committed to overcoming your thanatophobia related problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.

Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required

Both the Tranceformental programme and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training courses, 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.

FREE Initial Consultations

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Thanatophobia. 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.

Initial consultations are avalable using our Zoom online platform (see online therapy here) as well as in our offices in Wombourne.

At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapy relationship as being key to making any personal change or improvement, so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.

In fact, research suggests that ‘most’ of the therapeutic benefits derived from counselling are due to the positive, unconditional relationship that is created during the therapy sessions rather than the specific ‘mode’ of therapy used.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications, without pressure or coercion.

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 - don't forget we offer a FREE initial consultation to all prospective clients.

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

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

Contact Paul

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I specialise in the following areas:

Tranceformental CBT

Life Coaching

Mental Health at Work

Call me on 07434 776125

e-mail: paul@tranceformpsychology.com

The Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme is a ‘state-of-the-art’ approach to overcoming mental health problems that is grounded in proven CBT principles and based on the subjective nature of reality.

Priced at £695 for 10 sessions, or £80 on a session-by-session basis (cash only please).

Contact Joan

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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