At Kindt Clinics you can overcome
We are a team of experienced psychologists and a general practitioner, specialized in the treatment of claustrophobia and other fears. The freedom of a life without unnecessary fear, that is what Kindt Clinics stands for.
Live freely without claustrophobia
Nobody likes to get stuck in a toilet or in an elevator, but for people with claustrophobia, the fear of these kinds of situations is disproportionate. If they find themselves in a situation from which they feel they cannot easily escape, a fear reaction is triggered. The body reacts as if it is in great danger.
People with claustrophobia often choose to avoid situations that may trigger fear. The fear of fear is often predominant.
Depending on the severity of the fear, claustrophobia can be very debilitating. For example, if someone avoids public toilets, does not dare to use public transport or dreads holidays. In these cases it is advisable to treat the claustrophobia. Often someone only realizes afterwards how limiting the fear has been.
Small spaces, getting stuck, not being able to get out ...
Claustrophobia is a broad concept. Sometimes the fear occurs in all small spaces, but often it is more about the feeling of not being able to escape. This can also occur in a busy theater hall or a chair lift, rather than only in small spaces. During the intake interview, we determine what is the core of your fear and how we can best approach the treatment. '
Symptoms of claustrophobia
At Kindt Clinics we treat claustrophobia within one day
Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt, from the University of Amsterdam. She developed the fast and effective Memrec method for the treatment of fear. We welcome people from all over the world.
Costs and reimbursement
In the Netherlands, the treatment is always largely or fully covered by the basic health insurance.
People from other countries pay a fixed hourly rate.
Experiences of others with the treatment at Kindt Clinics
There is no footage available of the treatment of the fear of getting stuck. To give still you an impression of our approach, the video below shows fragments of the treatment of a fear of heights and chicken phobia, as shown in the Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things.
The experience of Sanne Verkade
“I was treated for my claustrophobia at Kindt Clinics. The treatment was very intense but more than worth it. After years I can finally say that I am fear free. There are still certain situations that cause tension and nerves, but that is nothing compared to what I felt before the treatment. I would recommend everyone to undergo this treatment. If I could, I would have done it years earlier. ”
Frequently asked questions about claustrophobia treatment
Claustrophobia comes from the Latin word claustrum, which means 'a closed place' and the Greek word φόβος, fear. So literally it is the fear of closed places.
What exactly someone with claustrophobia is afraid of differs. For some, the fear is limited to physically small spaces (often without windows), and for others it also occurs in crowds. Dreaded situations usually are: toilets, MRI scanners, caves, buses, trains, tunnels, elevators.
Fear of fear
Many people with claustrophobia don't know what it is exactly that they fear. Sometimes it's about the fear of choking. Often claustrophobia is mainly about fear of fear, or fear of what can happen if you cannot get away. After all, when we are fearful, we experience a strong tendency to leave the situation. Because this is not possible in an enclosed space, it is specifically these kinds of places that fuel fear. Someone may then fear going crazy or, for example, have a heart attack as a result of the fear.
Relatively little is known in science about how and why phobias arise. Sometimes there is a clear cause, such as a bad experience, but that is not always the case.
For the treatment at Kindt Clinics it does not matter how the claustrophobia started or how long one has been suffering from it.
Yes, fear to undergo an MRI scan is a form of claustrophobia.
Researchshows that an estimated XNUMX to XNUMX% of patients refuse to have an MRI scan, because of fear. Since an MRI scan takes an average of XNUMX minutes, it is not surprising that it evokes fear in people with claustrophobic feelings.
Other researchpoints out that an MRI scan can even trigger fear in people who did not previously suffer from claustrophobia. This study involved people who had not previously been diagnosed with claustrophobia. Despite this, XNUMX% of the people experienced some degree of fear in the MRI scanner. XNUMX% could not even complete the scan.
These studies confirm how limiting claustrophobia can be; the tendency to avoid the fear may outweigh the importance of necessary medical examinations.
Memrec for claustrophobia is unique because of its short duration (2 physical appointments) and high effectiveness (83% pass). The treatment starts with an intake interview, via video. After this, we plan the treatment.
On the day of the treatment you come to Kindt Clinics, and we start with a chat. When you are ready, the practitioner and you will go to the place where we will try to trigger the fear. The practitioner will be guiding you throughout the process. After this, you will be given the pill (a beta blocker), and you will stay with us for 2 hours for the resting period.
One or a few days later, you come back and we test the effect. If all goes well, you will immediately notice that the strong physical response stays away when you enter the same situation as during the treatment session. We take the time to get used to this experience and build your confidence. If possible, we also practice other places where you were used to experience the fear.
After the treatment, we like to keep in touch, and you are always welcome for an extra practice session.
Claustrophobia comes in many different forms. For some people the fear can be at its worst when being alone, while others mainly fear large crowds. One claustrophobic can be afraid of choking, another of getting a heart attack, and yet another does not even know exactly what it is that he or she fears.
During the intake interview, we therefore ask many questions about the fear, to ensure that we include all aspects of it during the treatment. We will look for a treatment situation that best suits you.
Do we use an MRI scanner during treatment, but are you also afraid of elevators, or vice versa? We expect the effect of the treatment to generalize to all types of small spaces . We are happy to test this with you
In our view, a treatment is successful if the fear no longer controls you. You don't have to become a fan of caves, but the fear should no longer limit you in everyday life.
The day after the treatment, you should immediately notice that the violent physical reaction to not being able to go away has disappeared. Sometimes people are still on their guard, afraid that the fear will return. We will practice with you to give you the confidence that the fear will stay away.
83% of phobia treatments are successful in one go. The effect is permanent.
The most important success factors are: we must be able to properly reactivate the fear, and you must be motivated enough to overcome your fear.