Emetophobia Hypnosis Hypnotherapy

By Cara Ostryn, Thrive Consultantemetophobia hypnosis london at the Rickmansworth Thrive Programme Clinic, serving Wembley London

About Emetophobia – the fear of sick

Emetophobia is a persistent and unwarranted fear of being sick or vomiting and, according to the International Emetophobia Society, it is the fifth most common phobia.

I receive many enquiries from emetophobes – it is THE most common phobia that I treat. Sufferers find it often extremely debilitating and disabling. Many of my clients have already sought treatment – to little or no avail. Nearly every emetophobe I have treated believed there is no cure – a myth perpetuated often by emetophobia forums. This is not true! Even many doctors do not understand the phobia and will often prescribe anti-depressants for it.

Emetophobia can interfere with educations, careers, marriages, and family relationships. Many phobics take time away from work or school unnecessarily because of the fear of vomiting themselves or being exposed to people who can pass germs that will cause them to vomit. Many phobics suffer panic or anxiety attacks when they imagine the slightest hint that they may vomit. Sadly, some women even deny themselves motherhood for fear of morning sickness and some sufferers become housebound. Emetophobia consumes a great deal of time and energy of the person who suffers from it. There is the constant mental stress of worrying when one will vomit next.

quotes_66I am proud to say that I am an ex-emetophobe!  It has completely changed my life; and no amount of thank yous would be enough for Cara showing me how to effectively use the exercises and techniques in the Thrive book, and supporting me. I recommend this to anyone who has a fear, phobia, anxiety, stress, etc. Try the Thrive Programme and I guarantee you will a whole load better. It is completely different from other therapies such as CBT, it makes you feel good about yourself and empowers you, so you can get over your problem.stop smoking


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Emetophobia – the secret phobia

Emetophobia is rarely spoken of partly because of the nature of the subject – sufferers feel that is unpleasant and ‘dirty’ and victims are acutely embarrassed. Mostly, emetophobes are female who have had symptoms since their youth. They have wasted years avoiding situations where either they or someone around them could become ill. Those with a mild phobia have anxious thoughts while eating. Some suffer so severely they refuse to leave their home. Many phobics suffer terrible panic attacks when they have nausea or imagine that they do.

Profile of a typical emetophobe

•  Is probably female and below average weight.

•  Dislikes dinner parties, weddings, social events and crowded rooms which can lead to anxiety / panic attacks.

•  Eats out in restaurants very rarely and when doing so is very choosy – avoiding chicken, spicy or unusual cuisines. Some will go hungry rather than eat in public places.

•  Does not drink or restricts themselves to a single glass of wine and avoids pubs/clubs where others may drink heavily.

•  Avoids flying and travelling by boat, especially to foreign countries.

•  Avoids public transport, preferring to travel by car and driving themselves.

The Thrive Programme for Sick Phobia – amazing results from study!

In the largest ever research survey on the efficacy of treatment for emetophobia, 62 participants responded. 55 participants stated their symptoms reduced from ‘significant’ to having ‘little or no impact’ upon their lives, and five from ‘significant’ down to ‘modest’.

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Louise Fellows, 38, talks about her experience of Thrive to overcome her sick phobia

quotes_66From as young as 8 years old I developed an ever growing fear of sickness, although I’m not sure what it was that started it. Since then my emetophobia had developed a growing debilitating presence in my everyday life. I developed obsessive cleaning and sanitation habits as I was terrified of getting anything like Norovirus. Through recognizing my career aspirations and ambitions, some significant life changing events (Divorce), battling with Depression in my early 20’s for 18 months and now being a proud mum to my seven year old son meant I couldn’t go on anymore with this phobia it was really ruining my life.

It was only after I researched “fear of sickness” online that I realised firstly it had a name “emetophobia” and secondly that I wasn’t alone and thirdly there was a programme called “THRIVE” that could cure me! WOW! So I found my amazing Thrive consultant, Cara.  Cara worked patiently and encouragingly with me through the programme and was my absolute rock and anchor to help me understand my inner workings and my belief systems which helped me find that cure. The fantastic thing about Cara and the Thrive programme is that she made me understand that it was ME that would find the cure! The Thrive book was my training course and Cara supported every step along the way but it was down to me to put the effort in and work through the exercises and process process process my mind to make this change.

Cara helped me learn so much about myself, people have seen such a significant change in me. As well as Cara helping me cure my phobia, she has given me confidence. I have a renewed gravitas in my personal and professional life. It’s a whole new me, and I can’t actually believe a book has done this for me. It has changed my life, it was worth every penny. I’m sure like any emetephobe that this review reaches out to, you only need to take 6 weeks of your life after suffering years of misery to cure this debilitating and secret Phobia. Thrive really is a cure. Thank you Cara so much, I hope that many more emetephobes come to you for this cure.stop smoking


Below is a video  Louise Fellows, 38,  who talks about her experience of emetophobia and how she overcame it with the Thrive Programme.

To view more video testimonials from ex-emetophobes, click here

The Thrive Programme: emetophobia treatment near Wembley London


emetophobia hypnotherapyThe Thrive Programme is a hugely successful treatment for emetophobia! Discover how to completely change the way you think and feel about situations that are linked to being sick or seeing someone be sick. All emetophobes that I have helped have certain styles of thinking that maintains and escalates their symptoms. They feel powerless and fearful about their thoughts of sick, and this leads to them avoiding any situation where they may be confronted with vomit. However, the more you avoid something the more fear you create and the more powerless you feel. Added to that, there is a strong brooding/ruminating component to the thinking, which further compounds the anxiety. In just six weekly sessions, I can teach you how to feel completely in control of your thoughts and feelings – no longer feeling powerless in the face of this unpleasant phobia.

Created by psychotherapist Rob Kelly, The Thrive Programme is a very powerful training programme that helps you to understand yourself, your personality and your thinking that is causing the problem. Once you have that insight, it can be very easy to think differently, change old patterns of behaviour and feel back in control.

This treatment does not involve Hypnosis, it is an empowering and liberating psychological training programme. It is also very different to CBT (even though it may sound similar on the surface). CBT is very much about looking at the symptom in isolation and giving sufferers techniques to deal with the anxiety once it has occurred (fire-fighting). Thrive is all about giving you the insight to understand and change why you are having these thoughts in the first place. It will help you to identify and change the very root of where those thoughts they are coming from – your core psychological and emotional foundations – such as your self esteem.


quotes_66I just wanted to say how happy and grateful I am to you, Cara. I used to be an emetophobe but since coming to you I have overcome my fear of sick. I never believed that anyone could help me. No one understood – I wasn’t just scared – I was petrified. I’m so happy now and can’t stop smiling and can’t believe I used to be scared of sick. Thank you so much for changing my life and making it a better one. To other sufferers out there, don’t live with this fear as I don’t anymore.stop smoking

Free Consultation

Booking your free initial consultation couldn’t be easier.

It is perfectly natural that you may have questions about The Thrive Programme or hypnotherapy. To arrange a free consultation or to book an appointment call 07740 781 573

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Alternatively, you can email me at: info@caraostryn.co.uk

Emetophobia Treatment Wembley London

Help for emetophobia at the Rickmansworth Hypnotherapy  Clinic serving Wembley London