Online Therapy for Agoraphobia over Skype
Are You Looking for Help to Overcome Your Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder?
Would You Prefer to Get Help Without Leaving Home?
Are You Looking for and Alternative to Medications?
Mindfulness Therapy is an Excellent Choice for Treating Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
NOW YOU CAN GET MINDFULNESS THERAPY ONLINE VIA SKYPE FOR YOUR AGORAPHOBIA
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Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional psychotherapist living in Boulder, Colorado, and I offer Online Therapy as one of my choices to clients who are seeking help in managing Social Anxiety Disorder or Agoraphobia.
Now, as you know, it can be very challenging indeed to get the kind of help that you need for your anxiety if you find it very difficult to leave home, or if you are struggling with a Driving Anxiety, which is very common for people with Social Anxiety Disorders. So, this Online Therapy becomes a very good choice to consider. If you are interested in Online Therapy for your Social Anxiety or Agoraphobia, please head on over to my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com, and read the relevant pages about Online Therapy for Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia. Then, if you are considering trying this approach, please contact me and we will discuss if this is the right approach for you. It's very important that you find an approach that you feel comfortable with, so we will discuss that before you schedule a session. All you need, of course, is Skype and PayPal accounts and then you are ready to go. Very easy to get started and I can help you with that.
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.
What Treatment Methods work Best for Agoraphobia?
In my experience, the best therapeutic approach for helping people overcome agoraphobia is a combination of Cognitive Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Therapy. Cognitive-based therapy helps you identify the underlying habitual and reactive thoughts and beliefs that create anxiety. Developing awareness of these habitual negative thinking patterns is a very important first step in changing them.
Mindfulness Therapy helps you neutralize and resolve the underlying emotional panic anxiety and fear that fuels the thoughts and beliefs. Learning how to diffuse and resolve the underlying emotions is essential and mindfulness is one of the best awareness tools for doing this. With practice, you begin to completely change your relationship to the emotions from being a victim to being aware. the more aware you are, the less reactive you become. As you become less reactive, you can begin to explore ways to heal the anxiety-fear directly. Instead of fighting your emotions or avoiding them, you learn how to be with them as a friend. Mindfulness training makes this possible.
Imaginal Exposure followed by real challenges
The combined approach teaches you how to work with panic anxiety thoughts without becoming overwhelmed by them and this makes it possible to do Imaginal Exposure Exercises, where you imagine leaving your house or going on a journey or being in a crowded place. Through repetition you quickly learn how to process any anxiety reactions as they arise and you prepare yourself for an actual real-life challenge. At first, we make the challenge small and manageable. We begin to build direct experience and confidence and build on what we have achieved. This very systematic process of preparation through guided Imaginal Exposure followed by real challenges is a proven and effective method for breaking free from agoraphobia and panic attacks.
Mindfulness Therapy is very Effective for Overcoming Agoraphobia
So, what is Mindfulness Therapy, and how can this help with Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia? Well, primarily, Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to work with those emotions, those very strong emotional reactions that get triggered by thoughts about leaving the security of your home or other secure area. Agoraphobia is often translated as a fear of open spaces, but that is not quite true. What it is really pointing to is this extreme fear of leaving a controlled environment, a secure area where you feel in control, and it is often associated with panic attacks and the fear of having a panic attack in a public area, where it is out of your control.
So, these kind of reactions can be very intense indeed and it takes some work to work with them, but it is entirely possible, and Mindfulness Therapy is one of the best methods that I know, because it changes your relationship to these underlying emotional reactions, these habitual emotional reactions. It changes your relationship to them from becoming identified with them and reacting to them with further reactivity to a relationship based on friendship, awareness and compassion; the primary hallmarks of Mindfulness Therapy. It's about learning how to make friends with those emotions. If you try to fight them or resist them, they don't change; you've probably tried that already. If you try to argue with them, or tell yourself I shouldn't be feeling this way, that seldom works very well either. What is truly needed is to establish a true level of presence, mindfulness, with those underlying emotions. This is the heart of friendship; friendship is what heals; love is what heals. This is what we cultivate in a very detailed way. You learn how to transform your emotions, or more specifically, how to allow your emotions to transform themselves.
So, if you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy for your Social Anxiety or Agoraphobia, please visit my website and contact me, and I look forward to helping you through Mindfulness Therapy. Thank you.
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"People just don't understand how hard it is to cope. I wanted so much to go to see my daughter's school play, but I just could not leave the house. Peter helped me, step by step. After the first session, using his mindfulness methods, I was able to step outside and walk to my car and sit in it. After a week of practicing, I was actually able to drive my daughter to school. I cannot explain what a big change this is for me. I feel there is hope now." - Linda, Georgia
Agoraphobia Treatment Therapy Online - In-Home Counseling for Agoraphobia
Online Therapy for Agoraphobia provides new hope for many people suffering from this painful condition. If you are suffering from agoraphobia then you know how difficult it is to leave home to seek help from a therapist or counselor. This is a big challenge. Recognizing this problem, I have developed a system of online therapy that I offer online via Skype. All you need is a computer with a webcam and Skype (which is a free application) and PayPal and you can begin online counseling. This is very convenient and far less intimidating than going to visit a therapist in his or her office and this online program is proving very helpful for many people who would not otherwise seek help for their panic anxiety.
Dr. Peter Strong, author of 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation', is a specialist in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders such as Agoraphobia and Social Anxiety.
"Agoraphobia and other forms of panic anxiety occur when the mind contracts and we lose our connection with life. Mindfulness Therapy teaches us how to stop this emotional contraction and reverse it so that we feel more connected again." - The Path of Mindfulness Meditation, by Dr Peter Strong.
It will take lots of hard work on your part to overcome the underlying beliefs and habitual panic reactions that keep you a prisoner, but the good news is that many people have totally transformed their anxiety through the practical methods taught during Online Mindfulness Therapy.
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.
Online Treatment Therapy for Agoraphobia
Are You Ready to Make the Change?
Are you considering Online Therapy? Skype Therapy for Agoraphobia is becoming a very popular choice for many people for obvious reasons. I hope that I can have the opportunity to help you overcome your agoraphobia and anxiety. Please tell me about your specific anxiety and feel free to ask any questions you may have about online counseling therapy for agoraphobia and social anxiety in general. Mindfulness Therapy has proven very effective at helping people overcome this form of anxiety. You will know after the first session if this approach is right for you. Many people see significant improvements after 3-6 sessions.
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