Online Psychotherapy for Agoraphobia via Skype
Email me to schedule online psychotherapy with me if you would like to overcome your agoraphobia
During these Skype therapy sessions I will teach you how to apply mindfulness-based exposure therapy for promoting recovery from your agoraphobia.
This approach is very effective and most clients experience tangible changes after the first few online sessions with me.
Online Mindfulness-based Skype Therapy is highly effective for overcoming anxiety and depression without relying on anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants. Treat the psychological cause of your emotional pain rather than just suppressing symptoms.
The principle healing factors developed during mindfulness-based psychotherapy are Consciousness, which is vital for overcoming the reactive habits that cause emotional pain, and Inner Compassion, which is what accelerates healing and resolution of emotional pain. When you apply both of these factors to your anxiety you will rapidly make progress in overcoming your agoraphobia.
“Having visited with many-a-therapist in the past, Dr. Strong stands out as a genuinely good listener and offers pointed and intuitive responses in return, that are real, constructive, and compassionate. His caring, non-judgmental, nature is apparent and has aided me in the healing process.”
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Online Psychotherapy using mindfulness for treating agoraphobia
Welcome! If you’re looking for online therapy for agoraphobia, then I invite you to go to my website and learn more about the online psychotherapy service that I offer for working with agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders over Skype.
So I offer Skype therapy for agoraphobia and anxiety. And it works extremely well. You don’t need to be in the same office with a therapist to receive good quality psychotherapy, but you do need to see each other and that is possible with Skype or similar video service where you can see each other. That’s really important. And if you can’t see each other, then there’s no difference at all between online therapy compared to meeting a therapist in person.
So the approach that I use for online psychotherapy for agoraphobia is called mindfulness therapy and specifically mindfulness-based exposure therapy. So as you will be aware, in order to overcome agoraphobia, you will need to design a program of exposure challenges. This is very well understood as a necessary part of your recovery process. You must essentially learn how to work with your anxiety rather than trying to avoid it.
The biggest problem that I see with people suffering from agoraphobia is that they start avoiding those anxiety-producing situations and they start to retreat more and more into a smaller and smaller space.
Avoidance is a very bad way to work with anxiety in general, because avoidance itself is fueled by fear. So when you are giving into avoidance, you’re basically feeding the underlying anxiety and strengthening it even more. So you must not all into the trap of avoiding anxiety-producing situations. Instead, we need to train with those situations so that you can break free from that anxiety.
All anxiety is basically composed of a series of conditioned, blind, habitual reactions. We become conditioned and these reactions operate subconsciously like any other habits.
So the way to work with agoraphobia and anxiety is to uncover these conditioned habits and then start changing them. And we do this by bringing them into full consciousness. So habits require unconsciousness to work fully. But when you bring a habit into conscious awareness, when you become mindful of that habit, that begins to take the power away from that blind habitual reaction.
So in mindfulness-based exposure therapy, we would design a series of challenges. And then you train for each challenge very thoroughly using the principles of mindfulness therapy.
Typically, we would identify the first charge in our series of challenges and then we play it through in the mind. And then we watch specifically for the triggers and the anxiety reactions that get triggered. When we find the anxiety reactions, we then start developing this conscious, mindful relationship with that anxiety and we start developing independence from that emotional reaction by staying as the observer.
So we’re training ourselves to observe the anxiety without becoming anxious. So this is often described as developing independence. We we can see the emotion, but we’re not overwhelmed by it.
So that’s the first step, is developing that independence. I also call that objective consciousness. We’re developing conscious awareness in which the anxiety is an object that we see in the mind but don’t react to. So objective consciousness is very important. And that’s the first quality of mindfulness that we’re developing. The more that you develop this objective consciousness, the freer you become from the anxiety.
The second part of recovery from habitual anxiety is to then start developing a compassionate relationship with the anxiety. The best way to think about anxiety is to imagine it as being like a child. The child is scared and what it most needs is the conscious and loving presence of its mother or father. When it has that conscious presence, when that relationship is strong and conscious, then the child rapidly overcomes its fear.
It’s exactly the same with our anxiety emotions, our internal anxiety. It’s like that child. When we establish a strong conscious and compassionate or loving relationship with it, that greatly accelerates its rate of healing. So building that is also essential for recovery. When it’s very strong, then the anxiety starts to heal and become neutralized, effectively.
So this is very much part of the mindfulness therapy training that I will teach you during our online Skype therapy sessions together.
You do this training with the anxiety before you do the exposure challenge. Then when you do the challenge, you will essentially be putting your training into effect. You’ll be now translating it into practical experience. Experiential learning is by far the most important way to overcome anxiety.
If there’s any residual anxiety after doing your chance, you would then work with that, also using mindfulness.
Basically, what we’re learning to do here is learning how to meditate on our anxiety. This is the complete opposite of avoidance, and this is the proven path to overcome anxiety. It works amazingly well.
When people start to understand how to meditate on their anxiety, they recover very quickly. And I will teach you exactly how to do this during our sessions together. Most people suffering from agoraphobia will start to see improvements after the first two or three sessions.
It really doesn’t take that much work to start seeing improvements. You just have to know how to go about working with your anxiety effectively. That is the key ingredient here. If you work in a very systematic way using mindfulness, you will rapidly gain confidence and you will rapidly begin to overcome those anxiety reactions, those habitual anxiety reactions.
So if you’d like to learn more about online psychotherapy for agoraphobia using mindfulness, then please contact me and let’s schedule a Skype therapy session. Thank you.
Go to my Contact Page to learn more about how to get started with online psychotherapy for agoraphobia
Online Psychotherapy via Skype for Agoraphobia
Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy for agoraphobia is a very effective approach that helps you systematically remove the habitual fear reactions that characterize agoraphobia and the intense anxiety about leaving your “comfort zone”. Most people see excellent results after 3-4 weeks.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional online therapist specializing in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of agoraphobia. So if you’re looking for online psychotherapy for agoraphobia, then I do ask you to visit my website and learn more about this online service that I offer via Skype and then feel free to email me using the contact page to ask any questions you may have about this online psychotherapy approach for treating agoraphobia.
So Mindfulness Therapy, which is what I specialize in and have developed specifically for treating agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders, is extremely effective. It works in a very strategic and focused way on helping you resolve the fear reactions, the anxiety and panic attacks, that are a feature of agoraphobia.
Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy for Agoraphobia
So the primary approach that I will be teaching you is called Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy. So all forms of successful psychotherapy for treating agoraphobia will employ some form of exposure therapy. Clearly that is a necessary component to help you extend the range of confidence that you have, to be able to move into areas that were previously very difficult for you, to move into different social situations and to leave your comfort zone and develop a much broader level of comfort. This is a necessary approach.
So we work by extending the boundaries of our comfort zone and we do this by developing a systematic approach, that is, that you will design a series of challenges to go to your comfort zone and move a little bit beyond that comfort zone on a daily basis.
But the important thing here that I teach in the mindfulness-based approach to exposure therapy is preparing before you do each challenge. I feel this is what is often missing. Simply throwing yourself into difficult and anxiety producing situations is not very efficient and probably not very effective for most people. You have to train yourself out of the habitual anxiety reactions before you do each of the challenges and that’s the focus of mindfulness therapy and the mindfulness-based exposure therapy.
So you set up a series of challenges and then we do the training. So the training is about meditating on each of those challenges. You start off by playing the challenge through in your mind in order to find those anxiety reactions. You want to get access to them under your terms so that you can work with them consciously rather than trying to struggle with them in the heat of the moment during the challenge.
So when you have access to an anxiety reaction or fear reaction, you then work on helping that anxiety resolve itself. You’re promoting an internal pathway that heals the anxiety so that you can imagine doing the challenge without feeling any fear. That’s the goal of the rehearsal meditation, the training before you do the challenge.
Now one very important way of healing the internal habitual reactions that lead to anxiety is to develop a very strong relationship with that anxiety reaction where you are the observer, what we call the True Self, that which is able to be present with the emotion without becoming reactive and without becoming identified with that emotional reaction.
So this is the first most important training with the anxiety – learning to be present with it without becoming identified with the emotion, without becoming overwhelmed by it and without proliferating anxiety based reactive thinking.
So we train to do that, it doesn’t happen automatically, you have to train. You are training yourself out of the anxiety habit. So that’s the first part. We form a very strong non-reactive relationship with the emotion and then we move to the second part, which is developing compassion. This is what really heals the anxiety.
You look at that anxiety in the same way that you might look at a frightened animal or a child. What it needs is your compassion, your presence your non-reactive presence. So we develop compassion towards the emotions.
The emotions are what constitute self. When we are talking about developing more compassion towards yourself and learning to love yourself, what we really mean is that you’re learning to develop compassion and love towards your emotions. So that’s very important. That promotes healing in a very significant way.
The other way that we can work with emotions is to change the imagery of the emotion. So we will find when we meditate on our emotions that they are all based around some form of imagery. Typically intense emotions are too big and too close. But that imagery is produced by habit. That is what creates the anxiety, that emotional imagery and it’s habitual. So we work on changing that habitual imagery into a different form that helps that anxiety resolve.
So that might be simply making the emotions smaller in size. It might be moving it further away from us and seeing it in its new position and being a lot smaller. So working with imagery can be very, very effective indeed when you’re working with anxiety and fear reactions.
So this is all part of that preparation that rehearsal meditation. We look for the anxiety as we imagine going beyond our comfort zone. We then help that anxiety heal. So we’re setting up pathways in the brain that heal that anxiety if it gets triggered.
Then we do the challenge, and our job then is simply to stay awake so that if we notice anxiety we simply acknowledge it and let that training take effect.
Then after the challenge we may meditate again on the results. We look for any anxiety that got triggered during that challenge. We work with it in the same way helping train the anxiety to resolve itself.
We also develop appreciation for what we have been able to do during our challenge and we magnify that imagery too, the sense of being more in control the sense of being bigger than the anxiety. So that’s developing the natural imagery of your True Self. Your True Self does not experience anxiety. It is that natural place that is free from anxiety that is our true nature.
After completing one round of challenge we then repeat it, after taking a break, and we keep doing that until we have completely overcome any trace of fear with that specific challenge. Then we move on to the next challenge in our list and we work with that in the same way doing these trainings before each challenge, executing the challenge, meditating after each challenge and then repeating until we have neutralized all anxiety.
If you take this systematic approach you will see results very quickly and indeed most of my clients see dramatic changes after just two or three weeks of practicing in this way.
So what I’m attempting to do is give you mindfulness tools for overcoming your anxiety and working on your agoraphobia from home.
Being able to see a therapist online, of course is very convenient and quite necessary if you’re suffering from agoraphobia and find it difficult to leave the comfort zone of your home. So you can have sessions in your home via Skype.
If you would like to learn more about the mindfulness approach for online psychotherapy for agoraphobia, then please go to my website. Please email me if you have any questions and let’s get started. Let’s schedule a Skype therapy session and get started on your recovery process.
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Psychotherapy for Agoraphobia online via Skype
Agoraphobia Therapy Online via Skype
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I provide online therapy via Skype for the treatment of anxiety disorders, including agoraphobia.
So if you’re interested in online psychotherapy for agoraphobia, then I invite you to learn more by visiting my website and then simply e-mail me. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about online therapy and this approach that I specialize in for treating agoraphobia, without the use of medications. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, and if you feel comfortable with this approach, then we can schedule a Skype therapy session and you can evaluate for yourself if this is the right approach for you. It certainly is for the majority of people that I’ve worked with over the last 10 or so years.
I see a lot of people who suffer from agoraphobia, not surprisingly, since it’s very difficult to leave the security of home when you’re suffering from agoraphobia.
So the approach that I have developed over the years is called mindfulness therapy and specifically mindfulness-based exposure therapy. So you know already that you need to face your anxiety, you need some form of exposure therapy plan and protocol; that’s going to be an essential part of your recovery process. But it’s how you go about that that makes all the difference.
So I do not advocate straightforward exposure therapy in its usual form, which simply means exposing yourself incrementally to your challenges until you develop more comfort with them through familiarization. I think that is a rather ineffective and crude approach to exposure therapy. It Is much, much more effective when you do a lot of detailed preparation and training before you do each of your exposure challenges, whatever that might be.
So many people that I’ve worked with suffering from agoraphobia feel very uncomfortable in public places where there are lots of other people around. The real underlying fear for most people with agoraphobia is the sense of being out of your comfort zone and worrying about having a panic attack in that environment and not feeling that you have an escape route. You feel trapped in that environment. That’s very common.
There are many different types of agoraphobia. A lot of people just feel very uncomfortable driving, for example. They can leave their house, but they just cannot drive on a busy road. That’s a different quality of agoraphobia. But it’s basically any situation where you feel trapped. So in the mindfulness-based exposure therapy approach we identify all of our challenges, all of our triggers. That’s the first step. It’s very good to write those down, make a list of your triggers. And then we set up a strategy of exposure challenges each day. And we make sure that we stick to that strategy.
We do not skip the practical challenges because avoidance, of course, is one of the big problems with agoraphobia, and the more that you avoid anxiety-producing situations, the more you’re likely to reinforce that anxiety. I also don’t recommend medications, because, really, medications are simply another form of avoidance. They’re not really equipping you with new ways of working with your anxiety that resolve that anxiety; it is just covering up the symptoms. And that’s not really an effective treatment.
The only effective treatment is to strategically and intelligently design an exposure protocol that you follow through, religiously. So how do we go about doing this in the Mindfulness-based exposure approach?
Well, we choose one of those challenges that we’re going to work on. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, something that you feel is a good challenge, not too stressful, but sufficient that it creates anxiety.
We then prepare for that challenge by learning how to apply mindfulness to work with that anxiety. We effectively learn how to meditate on that anxiety. This is the most important thing that we can do.
Meditation means forming a very conscious and direct and non-reactive relationship with your mind, with your thoughts, with your emotions so that you can begin to change that content.
So we hold the anxiety in the mind. This is meditation, where we learn to stay with that anxiety, progressively, through training, so that we can be with the anxiety without reacting. Then we are really making possible change and healing.
So anxiety is usually kept alive by this process of reactivity. That’s the real issue. The way that we react to the anxiety and the way that we identify with it and become that anxiety is what feeds it is what keeps it alive. And that’s what we’re trying to change during the mindfulness-based approach. We hold that anxiety in the mind. We learn through training, through meditation, to sit with, without anxiety, without becoming reactive, without becoming identified. We hold it as an object in the mind.
We then start investigating its structure and how to help it heal. We call this the response of compassion, which is a very important part of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. We encounter the suffering and we respond to it in a way that could help it heal. We learn to develop an internal, comforting relationship based on friendliness and kindness and respect for that emotion.
We see the emotion as being an object that is stuck. It’s in pain. It is in pain. You are learning to be the parent, if you like, to that emotion. You are learning to take care of it like a parent will take care of a child. When you build that kind of relationship with your anxiety that is based on love instead of fear, then you stop feeding the anxiety and you promote its healing.
So building that internal relationship is very, very important, and I would say it is essential for healing. So reactivity stops healing. No reactivity, or that quality of mindful presence promotes healing, and in a big way too. So people I’ve worked with very severe agoraphobia have been able to overcome their agoraphobia by this approach, by developing this internal relationship.
So this is what we do before each challenge. We imagine doing the challenge. We look for the anxiety that arises, that gets triggered out of habit. And then we work with that anxiety developing this different quality of relationship this mindful and compassionate relationship internally with the anxiety, seeing it like a child, as an object that we can help heal.
We do that until the anxiety resolves itself. So we’re training the anxiety to heal itself by our conscious, mindful presence. Then is the time to do the challenge and not before. So we train in this way to neutralize the anxiety before we do the exposure challenge. And then we do the live challenge, whatever that might be. We watch very carefully for any anxiety that may get triggered. But here we respond to that anxiety, not with fear, but with mindfulness. And the moment we connect with that fear, again, with mindfulness, our training takes over and so that anxiety is able to resolve itself in real-time. So this way we have effectively training out of the anxiety habit and we get to a place where we are able to do that challenge with no anxiety at all.
That’s our goal.
So if you would like to learn more about Mindfulness-based exposure therapy, do please contact me and if you like the idea of online psychotherapy, please contact me. This approach is very effective and most people see very big changes within quite a short period of time. This is quite different than the classical talk therapy or counseling. It’s actually working at the deep process level that creates your anxiety. It works at the psychological level directly. That’s the important thing.
So please contact me if you are struggling with agoraphobia and you are committed to overcoming your agoraphobia. Thank you.