Find an online therapist for help with agoraphobia


Welcome. If you’re looking for an online therapist
for help with agoraphobia, then please go to my website and take a look at the pages
and videos on the site, because I offer online therapy via Skype for the treatment of agoraphobia
and many other anxiety disorders. So if you’re suffering from agoraphobia, it’s
obviously very convenient and often sometimes quite necessary to seak out an online therapist
just because it’s so difficult to leave home. I have worked with people who have not been
able to leave home any great distance sometimes for years. The approach that I use is called mindfulness
therapy and it works extremely well for overcoming the anxiety and fear of panic attacks that
characterizes agoraphobia. Being able to work online is very important. But you must use Skype or similar video platforms
so you can see each other. That is from my experience, quite essential
for effective psychotherapy. But if you have Skype or similar platform
and you can see each other online, then it is just as effective as meeting a therapist
in person. And in many cases, it can be more effective
because you feel more secure in your home environment, and that will increase the effectiveness
of psychotherapy. So the mindfulness therapy approach that I
use works very well online through Skype. And most people that I work with see significant
improvements within a matter of weeks. The key to overcoming agoraphobia is to schedule
a series of exposure challenges and to work in a very focused way with each of those challenges,
doing a lot of mindfulness-based training before you do the challenge. And then repeating each challenge until you
can do each challenge without any anxiety at all. So we must prepare for the challenges, this
is what makes the mindfulness approach different than traditional exposure therapy. We need to prepare to make each exposure effective
and to build on the increasing confidence that you will get. So in mindfulness-based exposure therapy,
we train for each challenge by playing it through in the mind. Sometimes this is called imaginal exposure
therapy, but it is quite essential to do this before you do each challenge. You play it through in the mind. You watch very specifically for any anxiety
reactions and any anxiety-producing thoughts that typically accompany an anxiety reaction. When you’ve identified these reactions, you
then begin to work with them using mindfulness. So most anxiety reactions are based on habit,
they operate unconsciously without any real conscious awareness of the reactive process
that is happening. We need to really change that status completely
because in order to break free from a habit, you must bring a great deal of conscious awareness
to it. And that’s why we play through the challenge
scene in our mind in order to activate this anxiety so we can work with it and conscious
awareness to it. We then train ourselves to change the relationship
that we have with this anxiety and the accompanying thoughts that get triggered when we imagine
doing the challenge. We had to change our relationship from one
that is unconscious to one that is fully conscious, that is mindful. So we up a mindful relationship with the emotion
and its associated thoughts. This is the first key step to overcoming that
habit. The second step is working with those thoughts
and the emotion in a way that promotes healing. With the thoughts, the anxiety-producing thoughts,
our main mission is to be able to see them to respond consciously, but then to move the
thoughts further away so that we develop more space and more freedom that goes along with
that space. Typically, thoughts exert their effect in
producing anxiety because they are too close. We feel overpowered by them. And in order to feel overpowered by anxiety
thoughts, they must be very close. If you move them further away, if you imagine
moving the thoughts further away and making them smaller, you will effectively reduce
the intensity of those thoughts. So we train in that way using our imagination
to make the thoughts smaller and more distant. For the emotion, we develop a relationship
that’s based on non-reactivity, but also on compassion. The emotion is basically the equivalent of
a child that is experiencing fear. So we look at the emotion as being a scared
emotion, an object that is scared. And the best way to overcome fear is to develop
a compassionate relationship with that person, that animal or that object, that emotion. So we work on developing a compassionate relationship
instead of a fearful relationship towards the anxiety itself. This is precisely what the anxiety needs to
heal. The fundamental issue is that anxiety reaction
has become dissociated from your True Self. So we have to bring it in to consciousness
and give it the compassion and the fearless quality of your True Self in order to help
it heal. Your True Self is really that conscious awareness
itself, that wich is the space around thoughts and emotions. Your True Self is not the same as the thoughts
and emotions or other content that make up our common experience. Your True Self is that conscious awareness
that sees the experience, and the essential nature of your true self is that it is not
reactive and it does not feel fear. It does not suffer. The best analogy for your True Self is like
the sky. The sky is that space in which objects appear
and disappear. It might be a storm or it might be an aeroplane
or a bird. Those are all objects. They appear and then they disappear. But the nature of the sky remains constant. So the true nature of the sky is that space. And the true nature of your True Self, your
true identity, is the space of pure conscious awareness. It doesn’t matter what the objects are that
it sees. They come and go. But the consciousness remains the same. So that principle is very, very important
and it’s something that we develop very much in mindfulness therapy. We develop that relationship between your
True Self, pure conscious awareness, and the anxiety. We sometimes call that the little self. So in this way, we’re able to bring the quality
of fearlessness to the anxiety, which is fear, and this is what will neutralize that anxiety. So there’s a lot more to learn about mindfulness
therapy and the mindfulness approach to working with the mind and to working with anxiety
particularly. But it is very, very powerful. The mindfulness approach is a very, very powerful
path to develop, and it will lead to changes much faster than conventional talk therapy. It allows you to fundamentally change the
relationship you have to your mind. And that is what is needed for effective healing
and effective wellbeing and happiness. You have to break out of the habit of reactivity. So if you’d like to learn more about online
mindfulness therapy for overcoming agoraphobia and you’d like to work with an online therapist
like myself, then please send me an email. Tell me more about yourself and your particular
condition and tell me what you’ve tried so far. Also, tell me what days and times work for
you and then we can go ahead and set up a Skype therapy session. I will teach you in great detail how to work
with your anxiety using mindfulness and how to set up those exposure challenges and how
to train for each challenge so that it becomes a successful experience that will cause you
to increase your confidence and overcome that anxiety. So please contact me and let’s get started
with your recovery process from agoraphobia. Thank you.

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