Lizzie Smith Hypnotherapy - Agoraphobia

I have recently been seeing a number of clients struggling with anxiety that is manifesting in agoraphobia. This has been as a direct result of the lockdown and feeling less safe in public places. In some ways this is not a shock as we have become accustomed to staying “safe” at home where possible. However, a surprising number of young people are now struggling in social and crowded situations and are reaching out for help after experiencing unwelcome feelings of panic.

So what is Agoraphobia?

It is often assumed people with agoraphobia are fearful of open spaces but it is more complex. It is a fear of being in a situation where you may not be able to escape and feel helpless. So being hemmed in and help not being available.

The symptoms of agoraphobia are panic – so feeling hot, heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea and rapid breathing. Sufferers will avoid situations where this anxiety can occur and they could feel out of control. As a result, people with agoraphobia will do shopping online and avoid social situations, staying at home if at all possible, rarely venturing out.

Agoraphobia can develop due to past trauma, bereavement or as a complication of panic disorder. This can arise when you associate a panic attack with a certain situation or place and then, as a result, avoid it. It can also have genetic links. Covid-19 has also become a contributing factor to people feeling agoraphobic.

So if this resonates and you are finding leaving the house difficult or you avoid certain “stressful” situations, you may be suffering from agoraphobia.

How can hypnotherapy help?

I work with agoraphobia in my hypnotherapy practice using a combination of treatments. Hypnotherapy is extremely effective for treating anxiety and is very relaxing and therapeutic.

I also use BWRT® therapy to treat panic attacks and bad memories of a past trauma. It is a profound therapeutic intervention and can dissolve problems almost instantaneously.

So, if you feel you need some help with anxiety that has recently got worse causing you to feel trapped and unable to go out, then please do get in touch with me.  All appointments are online.

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