Agoraphobia is a generalized anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where it is perceived to be difficult or embarrassing to escape. For some that could be wide open spaces, for others it could be shopping centres, being in crowds or social gatherings in flits or aeroplanes, or the fear of not being able to home quickly and/or safely. People will often be aware that they are looking for an escape route. People suffering from agoraphobia will find it difficult to leave their home as it feels like a safe place because of the fear that they may suffer from overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks if they were to leave.

Hypnotherapy, NLP and positive psychology can all help by helping you to re-program your thoughts, behaviours and to disconnect any older negative connections. There will nearly always be a root cause for this, as any, phobia and finding this can often have a massive effect in and of itself. From there we will be utilising the unconscious mind to assist you to train your mind and to build new ways of being more relaxed and comfortable in various settings around people, places and things, this is achievable between 2-4 sessions.

In the UK agoraphobia is currently the only phobia regularly treated as a medical condition, agoraphobia can account for approximately 60% of phobias. Until quite recently, agoraphobia or was defined as a fear of open spaces however it now covers a larger range which can include a combination of panic attacks. The word itself comes from the Greek which means the ‘fear of the marketplace’.

In response to a traumatic event, anxiety may interrupt the formation of memories and disrupt the learning processes, resulting in dissociation. Depersonalization which is a feeling of disconnection from one’s self’ and derealisation – a feeling of disconnection from one’s surroundings – are other dissociative methods of withdrawing from anxiety.


Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed. You fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line, or being in a crowd.

The anxiety is caused by fear that there’s no easy way to escape or get help if the anxiety intensifies. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to worry about having another attack and avoid the places where it may happen again.

People with agoraphobia often have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. You may feel that you need a companion, such as a relative or friend, to go with you to public places. The fear can be so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave your home.

Agoraphobia treatment can be challenging because it usually means confronting your fears. But with psychotherapy and medications, you can escape the trap of agoraphobia and live a more enjoyable life.


Typical agoraphobia symptoms include fear of:

  • Leaving home alone
  • Crowds or waiting in line
  • Enclosed spaces, such as movie theaters, elevators or small stores
  • Open spaces, such as parking lots, bridges or malls
  • Using public transportation, such as a bus, plane or train

These situations cause anxiety because you fear you won’t be able to escape or find help if you start to feel panicked or have other disabling or embarrassing symptoms.

Agoraphobia as described by the NHS – HERE

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