Our expert says:
I would certainly want a good expert opionion in a situation like this. To be sure of the right diagnosis. Overall, you are describing a child with excessive anxiety, especially, apparently, focussed on getting locked into places - has this ever actually happened to him ? Or maybe has he seen a movie in which people got locked in and something awful happened to them ?
He seems to be Awfulizing and Catastrophizing - expecting the most awful and catastrophic possible outcome to ordinary events.
The psychologist sounds unhelpful, and somewhat out of date, hung up on old-fashioned and analytical type explanations rather than more realistic and useful ones.
Like Liza, I'm sceptical about psychologists who are certain about one very specific explanation for anything, of the One Size Fits All variety. CBT ( Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ) would indeed be the best bet, and would ensure an up-tp-date modern psychologist using well tested methods. It is a method good at understanding and revising unhelpful habits of thought and deed such as you are describing in your boy.
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