Ablutophobia

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Ablutophobia

Ablutophobia is the Fear of Bathing.

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All phobias are, by definition, irrational, but regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, phobic beliefs also produce real feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Ablutophobia is no different in this sense.

Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Ablutophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real and is having a detrimental impact on their life.

We completely understand this here at Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy and will treat you and your Ablutophobia seriously.

For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Ablutophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.

The majority of people who do suffer with Ablutophobia recognise that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!

Ablutophobia Symptoms

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The symptoms of Ablutophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Inability to Relax
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations like pins and needles
  • Palpitations
  • Aches & Pains
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness

Ablutophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.

Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!

Ablutophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.

Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”

In just as many cases, Ablutophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Ablutophobia will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.

Ablutophobia Treatment

Types of Therapy for Ablutophobia in Wolverhampton

Hypnotherapy for Ablutophobia – Hypnotherapy can be useful in helping people to locate and then use many of their own inner strengths and resources to combat the problems associated with Ablutophobia.

In this respect, hypnotherapy helps a person to ‘help themselves’ in very much the same way as other therapeutic approaches.

You may also be interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for your fear of bathing which focuses on changing the way that you ‘think’ about your problems to obtain better emotional outcomes.

To find out more about Psychological Therapy for Ablutophobia visit the page at Tranceform Psychology.

FREE Initial Consultations for Ablutophobia

We offer all prospective clients a Confidential initial assessment to chat about your Ablutophobia.

During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

At Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy we understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship and so place a great emphasis on being able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial, work-load and personal implications.

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