Paranoia Therapy & Counselling
Paranoia is defined by thinking that people are somehow ‘out to get you’ or that otherwise seemingly random or innocuous events are ‘directed’ towards you personally, usually with the intent of malice or harm.
As with all problematic unhelpful thinking styles or limiting beliefs, the degree of ‘severity’ lies along a spectrum, at one end being mild thoughts and associated feelings and at the other end, severe paranoia making functioning extremely difficult.
Paranoia is most frequently associated with ‘paranoid schizophrenia’ although this is rarer than most people believe and when it is present, is generally treated with anti-psychotics.
Here at Tranceform Psychology we help people with thoughts or feelings of paranoia that are considered NOT to be as the result of psychosis.
If you think that you might be experiencing paranoia as the result of schizophrenia then we urge you to consult your GP or Psychiatrist for a formal diagnosis.
Paranoia is normally more prevalent in people who have a high sense of social anxiety and a feeling of a lack of ‘power’ over their own lives (also known as an external locus of control) which gives rise to thinking that people are being highly critical of them or even somehow ‘after them’ – this is often made worse by also have a catastrophic thinking style.
Paranoia & Paranoid Thinking Test
Try answering the following 10 questions which have been designed to illuminate Paranoia related thoughts and feelings.
The higher the number of YES responses the more likely you experience bouts of paranoia and paranoid behaviour.
- Do you frequently worry that people are somehow trying to ‘use’ you?
- Do you worry about being ‘let-down’ or ‘betrayed’?
- Do you find it difficult to forgive and forget people who have mistreated you?
- Do you worry that people don’t tell you the ‘whole story’ or are trying to ‘deceive’ you?
- Do you worry that your partner may be cheating on you?
- Do you analyse people’s remarks to see if they are insulting you in some way?
- Do you find it difficult to confide in people fearing they may tell everybody?
- Do you worry that people are laughing at you ‘behind you back’?
- If you catch somebody staring at you in the street or whilst shopping do you automatically think they must be thinking something negative about YOU?
- Do you worry that friends might be meeting up without you behind your back?
(Adapted from ‘The Paranoid Thinking Style’, the Thrive Programme, Rob Kelly, 2015)
Although answering YES to each of these statements may seem perfectly reasonable to you they do indicate that paranoia is a component part of your thinking.
This notion that they are reasonable and make sense is due to what is called ‘confirmation bias‘ which is how our minds ‘twist’ the facts so that they make sense to our beliefs.
Therapy & Counselling for Paranoia
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychotherapy solutions for Paranoia which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Paranoia
If you’re committed to overcoming your Paranoia problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychotherapy 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.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Alternative Therapies for Paranoia
Although our preferred form of psychotherapy for Paranoia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
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.
Free Initial Consultations for Paranoia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Paranoia problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various 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 Paranoia with our CBT Course
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an 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.