Claustrophobia is the extreme or irrational fear of confined places. It is an anxiety disorder whereby the sufferer has an intense fear of being closed in, with no ability to escape. It doesn't necessarily relate to small spaces, but rather rooms that don't have a clear and easy escape.
Many people can feel uncomfortable in such confined spaces; however, claustrophobia can lead the sufferer to experience a panic attack when faced with such stimuli or situations. The sufferer fears not being able to breathe properly, running out of oxygen, as well as distress and extreme discomfort at being restricted.
A claustrophobia sufferer may also experience hot flashes, hyperventilation, dizziness, an accelerated heart rate, sweating, fainting, numbness, tightness in the chest or chest pain, a strong need to go to the toilet, disorientation or even a chocking sensation.
Claustrophobia is a distressing condition and one which many sufferers go their entire lives without seeking treatment. Don’t be one of these people as there is a positive way forward for claustrophobia sufferers.
Are you in need of Claustrophobia Counselling in Northern Beaches?
At Cit Counselling, we have helped people from all walks of life to take control of their claustrophobia and regain control of their life. Being in a crowded elevator, flying on a plane, driving in a car, shop changing rooms, public toilets, revolving doors, underground trains or trams, tunnels, car washes, hotel rooms with windows that don't open, basements and cellars can all trigger anxiety among claustrophobia sufferers.
This anxiety disorder can make day-to-day life very difficult. A sufferer can find themselves going to extreme lengths to avoid situations which may trigger their anxiety. It does not have to be this way though.
Cit Counselling is the leading provider of claustrophobia counselling Northern Beaches has to offer. Led by expert clinical psychologist, Janette Tombleson, we can help you to understand the root cause of your irrational fears, recognise your thought processes and control your anxiety disorder.
Claustrophobia is often the result of a past experience, typically a childhood trauma, or it can be a behaviour inherited from parents or peers. Together we can identify the past experience or person from whom you inherited the behaviour and work to acquire a different coping mechanism to situations that trigger your claustrophobia. We can help to retrain your mind to no longer feel threatened by the places you fear.
After each session, you will feel more and more in control of your phobias and more in control of your life as a result. Living with claustrophobia will prevent you from being able to enjoy life as you should.
You do not have to live your life held back by irrational fear. Help is at hand at Cit Counselling in Northern Beaches, Sydney. We offer a relaxing, comfortable, safe environment for you to tackle your claustrophobia. Allow us to help you to take a positive leap forward and live a more fulfilled life.