Online Mindfulness Therapist for Treating Agoraphobia without using medications
Speak with a Psychotherapist Online via Skype for highly effective online treatment for Agoraphobia, Anxiety, and other forms of emotional stress. Contact me to discover more about this online counseling service and organize a Skype session with me. Inquiries welcome
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Online Treatment for Agoraphobia via Skype
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional psychotherapist and I offer mindfulness based online therapy for agoraphobic anxiety and panic attacks.
The mindfulness approach is extremely effective and during online therapy sessions I will teach you how to work with your agoraphobic anxiety using the techniques of mindfulness to help you prevent your becoming overwhelmed by the anxiety reactions.
We do this by actually meditating on our anxiety before we do any challenges. Meditating helps to change the relationship that you have with your anxiety and this is absolutely essential, because the biggest problem that I encounter is that people suffering from anxiety tend to become identified with their emotions. You tend to become consumed by your emotions. This causes you to effectively lose your identity and become the emotion itself, and this creates a very reactive place that is very difficult to escape from.
So with mindfulness training you can change this pattern and learn to develop a relationship with your anxiety whereby you do not become identified with it where you can see the anxiety as an observer. This is essential for change.
Once you begin to do this the rate of recovery from agoraphobic anxiety and panic attacks increases dramatically, and most people will see quite substantial changes after only four or five sessions with me once they start applying the mindfulness-based techniques.
So the basic idea is that you will schedule sessions with me and we will work on setting up a series of challenges that you can manage and then you prepare for these challenges using mindfulness meditation.
You do that challenge and you meditate on any anxiety that arose during that challenge. And each time we learn a little more about how to change our relationship to our anxiety so that we basically break free from the habit of identification and becoming overwhelmed by it.
And this approach is, from my experience, the most effective there is for overcoming agoraphobic anxiety. So if you’d like to get started with me simply go to my website and then email me to schedule a Skype therapy session with me. Thank you.
Treating Agoraphobia from Home
Nearly 3.2 million Americans (ages 18-54) suffer from agoraphobia according to the National Institute Of Mental Health…
Now you can get Online Treatment for Agoraphobia from your home through Skype.
If you suffer from severe anxiety or other form of social anxiety or phobia then it is obviously very difficult to leave the security of your home to find a therapist to help you. This is why I offer this online psychotherapy service. Using Skype, you can have your therapy sessions at home.
In countries such as Australia the online therapy option is very actively promoted by the national health authorities because the distances are so large and the supple of therapists insufficient in rural areas. But, even in the UK, more and more people are turning to online therapy services and it is being supported and recommended by the National Centre for Clinical Excellence.
Mindfulness-based Treatment Therapy for Agoraphobia
Mindfulness Therapy (MT) is a form of therapy that develops your ability to form a therapeutic relationship with your inner core emotions; your fears, anxiety and depression in which you first learn to stop the proliferation of reactivity and then embrace the painful emotion with the healing space of mindfulness.
This is essential if you want to overcome anxiety and panic attacks. Most of the time, we avoid or resist our core anxiety and fears according to our learned patterns of habitual reactivity, but the truth is that nothing can change if we avoid or resist our emotions. We have to learn how to face our pain if things are to change.
Mindfulness is a very compassionate practice that teaches us exactly how to go about doing this. It is not easy at first, but with continued practice using the tools I will teach you during online sessions, you will learn how to “sit” with your emotions and create that therapeutic relationship that is so essential for healing and transformation.
When you have learned how to “sit” with your anxiety and the other emotions associated with your agoraphobia then the emotions begin to change, and since you are not running away from them you can actually participate in helping the emotions heal.
We learn to make friends with our emotions, a very important second step in the healing process. The age-old truth is that love heals. Reacting with hatred to your inner negative emotions can not help them heal, yet this is what we tend to do most of the time out of habit and wrong understanding.
Working with Inner Imagery – The secret to healing Agoraphobia
After you have learned how to form a therapeutic relationship with your core emotions, you can now explore the structure of these emotions. Every emotion has a structure, partly in the body and partly in the mind. When we get anxious and panicky, our breathing becomes shallow, our hands may start trembling, our mouth may become dry and we experience a knot in our stomach.
These are all part of the bodily structure of agoraphobia. These physical changes are actually required to maintain the emotion of panic and anxiety, and we can use this to our advantage, because if we make an effort to change these bodily structural components of the anxiety, then we can change the emotion itself. This is one reason why deep breathing can be a very helpful technique for managing the anxiety attacks that occur in agoraphobia.
There are many physical techniques like regulation of breathing, regulation of movement and posture and simple relaxation techniques that you will learn during mindfulness therapy for agoraphobia. These can be very helpful, but the most important way to control agoraphobia is to change the underlying emotions at the psychological level.
Internally, every emotion is structured around imagery – inner pictorial representations that resonate with the emotion. For example, anger is usually associate with the color red and anger is structured around imagery that is red in color and probably hot as well. We can learn about the structure of our inner imagery by observing the emotions with mindfulness. from what we learn, we can intuitively see what changes in the imagery might be helpful. Change the imagery and you change the structure of the emotion.
People with agoraphobia typically have a great deal of inner imagery, very often based on the feeling of emptiness, an inner void or black hole that threatens to swallow up everything.
Discovering the structure of this imagery provides a very powerful tool for changing the intensity of the anxiety underlying agoraphobia. This approach is one of the most effective treatment for agoraphobia and was pioneered by Dr. Strong in the 1980s.
Please feel free to contact me to learn more about using mindfulness therapy to treat agoraphobia.