At Kindt Clinics you can overcome
your fear of heights
We are a team of experienced psychologists and a general practitioner, specialized in the treatment of vertigo and other fears. The freedom of a life without unnecessary fear, that is what Kindt Clinics stands for.
Live freely without fear of heights
Everyone is careful at heights, which is functional. This normal fear becomes a phobia when the fear is excessive; the body reacts as if it is in great danger, when in fact it is not.
People with a fear of heights may feel like they are going to fall or jump. In some cases, the mere idea of being at height is scary.
Because heights are difficult to avoid in everyday life, a fear of heights can be very hindering. Fortunately, it is usually treatable
Fear of heights in the mountains?
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Symptoms of vertigo
At Kindt Clinics we treat vertigo within one day
Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt from the University of Amsterdam. After twenty years of research, she developed the fast and effective Memrec method to treat fears and phobias. At Kindt Clinics, we welcome people from all over the world.
Costs and reimbursement
Kindt Clinics' needle phobia treatment falls under basic health insurance coverage in the Netherlands ('ongecontracteerde basis-ggz'). That is why it is always largely or fully compensated.
People from other countries pay a fixed hourly rate.
Other people's experiences
In this excerpt from the Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things, you see images of Eva's fear of heights treatment. In this case, the treatment was done in a fire brigade ladder truck. We have various locations in and around Amsterdam that we use for the treatment of fear of heights.
John“I've been afraid of heights since I can remember. I had already tried everything: ignoring the fear (didn't work), hypnosis (didn't work either) and exposure therapy. That exposure sometimes worked, but I often had a relapse when, for example, I was a bit more tired for a period. Then I had to start all over again. The only thing that worked was avoiding heights, but I found that too restrictive. Read more
“My experience is great! The contact by email and the intake interview via Skype with Maartje. Good information on the website and of course the fact that after 48 years I got rid of my terrible fear of heights.
I am very satisfied with the guidance, the contact and of course the treatment. Be very positive about it and tell everyone. Even pass it on to the doctor. A very effective way to get rid of my very bad fear of heights for good and in a short time. It is a pity that this method was not available decades earlier. ”
Frequently asked questions about the treatment of vertigo
Memrec for vertigo is unique because of its short duration (2 physical appointments) and high effectiveness (70% succeed in one go). The treatment starts with an intake interview, via video. In this interview, we get to know each other, and determine how we should approach your treatment; there are many different forms of vertigo. After this, we plan the treatment.
On the day of the treatment we go to a place at a height. The practitioner helps you to evoke the fear in the right way. You will of course never be surprised or forced to do anything. Then you will be given the pill (a beta blocker), and you will stay with us for 2 hours for the resting period.
A day (or a few days) later you come back and we test the effect. You should immediately notice that the strong physical response stops when you are at height again. We take the time to get used to this experience and build your confidence.
After the treatment, we like to keep in touch, and you are always welcome for an extra practice session.
A treatment is successful for us if your fear of heights no longer limits you in your daily life. You don't have to like heights, but you should be able to stand on a high balcony without panicking.
Already on the day after the treatment, you should notice that the strong physical response to heights has disappeared. However, you may still feel a bit tense. On the one hand because this is normal when being at height, but also because you still have to gain confidence that the intense fear that you are used to will now stay away.
70% of the needle phobia treatments are successful in one go. The effect is permanent.
The most important factors contributing to treatment success are, XNUMX) we must be able to properly reactivate the fear and, XNUMX) you must be motivated enough to overcome your fear.
Some of the people with a fear of heights have a strong physical reaction to height in addition to a fear response. If they look from top to bottom, or sometimes from bottom to top, they feel dizzy and/or nauseous.
This physical response has to do with the vestibular organ. Far away on the horizon or in the abyss, our eyes register (almost) no movement, but the balance organ does notice that you are moving. This contradictory information makes you dizzy. People who suffer from this physical response can be more prone to develop a fear of heights. In that case, the fear of heights is often more about the fear of that unpleasant feeling.
Fear of heights can greatly enhance the described physical response. Because you start to breathe faster, the dizziness gets worse. Although unfortunately nothing can be done about the original physical reaction, a successful fear treatment tends to reduce the unpleasant feeling.