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Treatment of Taphophobia (fear of being buried alive) in London

Treatment options for rare situational phobias in London


Taphophobia (the fear of being buried alive)

Dear Dr David Kraft

I need psychotherapy. I have looked on the internet and found that I am suffering from a condition known as Taphophobia which is the fear of being buried alive. I have recurring dreams about it. I watched an Edgar Allan Poe film when I was a child and I have a dread that I will be buried alive and suddenly wake up conscious in a coffin. I have thought about this for many years and cremation is also not an option because I also fear waking up in a coffin and being burnt alive in the furnace. No listens and noone helps me. I understand that this is probably not the sort of thing that can be resolved in a few sessions. I have had this fear from many years. In fact, I have had it since I moved to London from Australia. The recurring nightmares are something that I have looked at with another psychotherapist but this all stopped because I went to university to study psychology, although I didn’t learn much about human behaviour on the course. And, in London, whenever I go on the London Underground, I get claustrophobic. What a terrible phobia this is! I also fear heights and trains, buses. I have lift phobia and the feelings of stress pour out of me in sweat. This causes a great deal of fear inside of me for hours. And I can’t shake it off. My last psychotherapist said that the fear of the coffin and being trapped are interconnected. I agree. I moved from being out in the open to a small flat in London. In a sense I feel that I am trapped in a coffin here in London. And I will for eternity. Please help me with this all-consuming phobia.


Dear H

Thank you for your enquiry. I would be happy to see you for a psychotherapy session in Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF. Alternatively, you can see me in Enfield. This fear needs to be tackled using psychodynamic psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy can be used at a later date. May I suggest contacting me at dmjkraftesq@yaho.co.uk or ringing me so that everything that you say can be private. The internet is not secure. I will delete your message straight away but a cached version of your message will be available for anybody to read.

Yours sincerely



David Kraft, PhD
UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor
BUPA Psychotherapist
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Honorary Secretary of the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, RSM
Member of Council for BSCAH
Member of the Academic & Accreditation Committee, BSCAH
Honorary Secretary of the Mets & South Branch, BSCAH
Key words: psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, London, Harley Street



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