Toilet anxiety is very common, and while every client I see is different, they all share a common underlying theme. You see, for most people with toilet anxiety there is no medical issue, no infection, no weakness…
Fear of being ‘caught short’ too far away from a toilet. Fear of being stuck in traffic… or on a train… or in a meeting… and not being able to get to a toilet. Fear that when you get to the only toilet, it’s occupied. Or worse… out of order.
Needing to use the loo 5-6 times right before you leave the house… having to avoid eating or drinking before going out. Anxiety and embarrassment that people will notice if you need to excuse yourself multiple times.
These are fears that everyone can relate to, but for some people they stop life being fun.
Toilet Anxiety Often Starts Small, But Grows Bigger
Like agoraphobia, toilet anxiety often starts as a minor worry, but this can soon become a source of more anxiety as it keeps nagging away, creating a vicious cycle of physical & emotional distress, until eventually it has a devastating impact on your ability to socialise, study or work.
In my experience, most clients have a story to tell about how or where it started.
For some, it was primary school… maybe they had (or witnessed) a toilet accident in class.
But it can start at any age. Food poisoning on holiday is another common starting point for toilet anxiety.
I’ve also heard stories about drinking too much and being unable to get off the bus. Being stuck on a crowded train between stations. Being stuck next to a stranger on a flight and not being able to get out of the seat. Or being caught in a long queue for the toilet at a festival.
Some clients also have toilet dreams (or ‘nightmares’) leading up to a trip or important event where their worst case scenarios play out.
How does hypnotherapy help with toilet anxiety?
The thing is, like all fears and anxious thoughts, they aren’t necessarily true or helpful.
Just because you can picture yourself having an accident, embarrassing yourself or living your worst case scenario, doesn’t mean it will happen. Most people have similar thoughts from time to time, but these are quickly dismissed because they know they can simply hold on until they can reach a toilet.
So toilet anxiety is essentially an issue of confidence – it’s a lack of belief and confidence in your body’s ability to deal with the situation when it arises.
Using hypnotherapy I am able to deliver suggestions directly to the subconscious part of your mind. Once your subconsicous mind takes on that suggestion, the beliefs change, the behaviours fall in line, and confidence returns.
Usually, permanent improvement can be achieved in 4-6 sessions, so you no longer need to waste your precious energy living with the anxiety and problems that toilet anxiety brings.
“I know it sounds crazy, but worrying about needing the toilet was ruining my life and sapping my confidence”…
Whatever your story, I know that from helping people who who suffer from toilet anxiety that the longer they leave it, the worse it often gets. They find their world closing in on them as they gradually stop doing the things they used to enjoy. It can stop them going to restaurants, getting a haircut, travelling on public transport, driving a car in case they get stuck… until eventually, the only place that feels safe is home.
I know because I’ve seen it with my clients so many times.
We might be in the middle of a pandemic right now but offices will open again, travel will start up again, restaurants will open, social activities will return… so get yourself ready now.
Let me help you take back control with hypnotherapy. Together we will rebuild your trust in your body, stop the intrusive thoughts, relax your mind, build confidence and help you get back your life.
And best of all, sessions are via Zoom, which means you can stay in the comfort of home!
You can either book sessions online, or call me for an appointment.