Individuals with Health Anxiety have a preoccupation with or fear being ill.
If someone believes they have an illness, and this could be illnesses such as cancer, brain tumours to just the fear of becoming ill with viruses like Covid then any innocent or normal physical sensation can be seen as a symptom of that illness, and serves to confirm that they ‘MUST’ be ill.
This is turn, causes them to check for other symptoms, read up and find out more about the illness, focus their attention on their body sensations, and continually scan their body for sensations or more symptoms.
They can also misinterpret information on social media, the news and from friends and family.
Therapy focuses on challenging the unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, and gradually changing our behaviours (the checking, reassurance seeking, avoidance etc) therefore discovering that it is anxiety and worry about our health that makes us feel the way we do, rather than having a serious illness.
To find out more about how we can support you or someone you know with Health anxiety or to book an initial session please contact us.
Initial Consultation £50
Length of Session: 45 mins
Cost per Session:
Suggested Sessions: TBA
A discount is offered to all armed forces and emergency services personnel, NHS staff, university staff, and students.