PO Box 182, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 9AE.


A UK Charity (reg. no. 1109541) dedicated to helping men and women for whom urinating in the presence or vicinity of other people, is difficult or impossible, and dealing with the problems this brings about. This anxiety based condition used to be listed under the category of Social Phobia, but it is now preferred to refer to paruresis as a Social Anxiety Disorder. The condition is also known by a number of other names including "avoidant paruresis", "shy bladder syndrome" and "pee shyness". It is sometimes grouped along with other conditions under the term "toilet phobia".


Andrew Smith (M.A. Cantab)

David Winton

Committee Members:
Tim Harris
Dr Matt Lane MB ChB BSc. MA
Peter Daw MSc Snr Clinical Psychologist
Ann Allcoat

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This website and our discussion boards are not substitutes for medical advice and do not constitute the practice of medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a G.P. because difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious physical medical condition.

We are a group of people who have suffered with avoidant paruresis. We have organised ourselves into a self-help organisation to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are not practising medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession.

You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counselling if warranted. The UKPT disclaims all legal liability whatsoever.


Hon Advisors

Hon. Consultant: Professor Alex Gardner
(Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Psychotherapist)

Peter Daw MSc Snr Clinical Psychologist

Dr Roman Czornyj, Bsc DClinPsy (Clinical Psychology)