Emetophobia Testimonials

All of the following testimonial come from genuine clients who we have worked with since 2009.

Please note that have used stock images for clients faces to protect confidentiality.

Emetophobia – Fear of Vomiting

“I first contacted Paul as I suffered from a number of things – which were really affecting my life.

Low self esteem, social anxiety, no confidence, panic attacks but most of all emetophobia.

All of the above effected my life in a big way.

I wouldn’t eat out unless completely unavoidable, I wouldn’t travel if I wasn’t the driver, I wouldn’t go out on my own or with friends except for lunch break.

I wouldn’t eat new food, I would only trust 2 people to cook for me (my mom and my partners mom) I didn’t go on holiday, I wouldn’t speak in front/to people I didn’t know well face to face.

I would panic to the point where we would nearly have to call an ambulance if I felt poorly, I wouldn’t stay in the house on my own, be around anyone with a bug or who had been in contact with someone who had been poorly and as for babies – that was a no go!… The list could go on forever.

Paul suggested a course in Changing Limiting Beliefs.

With Paul and at home, I worked through my course book completing all exercises and talking through my issues at weekly sessions.

Since I have completed the course – now 8 weeks ago I have improved a lot.

I have completed 2 presentations with work one where my boss drove me to Wycombe and one in my office. Both in front of around 15 people.

I didn’t get embarrassed or panic when I felt sick with nerves.

I have been to Leeds for a supplier meeting.

I have been with my Nan through her fight with cancer – even through the sickness!

I have sat with my sister during her morning sickness and my friends children when they had the dreaded winter sickness bug!

I went to a charity comedy night in a packed pub been to the cinema with my partner and Christmas shopping to Merry Hill 3 times (once on my own!). Not once panicking that I couldn’t see the door.

I have even been promoted at work and now run a small team.

I let my partner cook tea and have even started to eat a wider variety of food.

I stay on my own at home when my partner does the night shift and I haven’t had a panic attack in over 3 months.

I have dealt with my own sickness – not being sick but feeling sick.

I have come to learn that my emetophobia is an obsession and by learning new ways of thinking I can overcome it.

I am still not keen on the thought of being sick but I no longer go into complete melt down. I get my hot water bottle, put the TV on and distract myself. We have even been talking about having children in the new year!

I never thought I would of got this far and if it had not been for the help and support I got from both family, friends and Paul I don’t think I would be where I am now.

Paul makes talking through your problems easy.

He does not judge or call you stupid, he listens and helps you manage your thoughts/beliefs/fears better.

The course was definitely a good choice for me.

I still have things to change and develop and I still work from my book at home but I am getting there – my life has definitely improved for the better.”

Ms. J

Emetophobia – Fear of Vomiting

“I first came to see Paul in October 2012 with my Fiancé about my ’emetophobia’, as at the time I felt the whole process was too delicate to deal with alone.

I was so down about my ‘emetophobia’ that coming to see Paul was my last resort, after having a course of unsuccessful CBT on the NHS.

After this had failed, I really didn’t see a way of me getting better.

Along with my ‘emetophobia’, I had picked up other traits that were really bringing me down, such as anxiety, panic attacks and low self esteem.

‘Emetophobia’ put my life on hold in many ways.

I never felt I could tackle things on my own, such as simple every day things like eating a meal out, and on very anxious occasions, even in my own home, purely because I feared I would be sick.

I would find it extremely difficult when I went on holiday, as I feared the foreign food would make me ill.

Being around people who were ill would send me into a complete anxiety attack, and I would quarantine myself to ‘protect’ me from the ‘sickness bug’.

Before I came to see Paul, I never imagined myself ever having children, as the whole thought of going through a pregnancy, and then having to look after a baby/child when it was ill, was just unthinkable.

Paul knew just the programme for me called the ‘Thrive’ programme, a programme I read and completed at home, and would then come to him weekly to review my progress, that unbelievably, we began to notice improve really quickly.

Paul increased my confidence so much, and because of that, the effort I put in to getting myself better increased.

Through working with Paul, I have come to realise that I don’t, and even never have had ‘emetophobia’ (hence the quotation marks around that word every time I mention it) instead; I just have badly managed thinking and limiting belief systems.

It was thinking that I had ‘emetophobia’ that kept the ‘fear’ going.

It’s amazing how much you actually relax once you realise the phobia isn’t effecting you, but instead your own thoughts and limiting beliefs are.

When I have unhelpful thoughts crop up in my mind, I am able now to control them, and when I say to myself that its me who’s creating these thoughts, no one else, and certainly not the thing called ‘emetophobia’ it puts things back into perspective, and I can soon go back to getting on with my day-to-day tasks.

Eating out is now a pleasure, not a massive worry, and I can happily eat out with people who I’m even not that close to.

However when I do have the OCCASIONAL blip, I know now that everyone can have a bad day, and that it’s ok to feel it sometimes, it doesn’t mean I’m taking a step back.

Since meeting Paul, I’ve set up my own small business making balloons, and couldn’t be happier.

Eventually, I’d like to quit my day job and do it full time. It’s since my self-esteem has grown that I’ve been able to do this.

I travelled over an hour away from my home on my own, motorway driving, to attend balloon classes, and when there, did not have any panic/anxiety/’emetophobic’ thoughts, because I was doing something I absolutely loved, but of course before I met Paul, this wouldn’t have been possible.

I also have better relationships with my friends, as before I found it very hard to become close to anyone other than my fiancé.

Through limiting beliefs, I never thought I’d get on with other girls, but since starting the programme with Paul, I have amazing relationships with my friends.

I went shopping for a whole day with my friend, something I previously found incredibly intimidating and anxious, but I had a wonderful time, and the friendship between us grew even closer.

I’ve even been asked to be a godmother to one of my friends daughters.

Paul’s been fantastic, we’ve laughed more times than what I’ve felt down, and in a therapy session, that’s pretty unheard of.

Before I came to see Paul, I couldn’t actually say what I wanted to do with my life, I couldn’t imagine my future.

Now, I know exactly what I want to do, where I want to be, and the thought of starting a family further in the future no longer scares me, but actually excites me.

Thanks a lot Paul, keep in touch.”

Ms. G

Emetophobia – Fear of Vomiting

“I had suffered from ’emetophobia’ and anxiety since I can remember (I’m 26 now) and at the start of 2014 I decided to do something about it.

After looking online for help I came across the Thrive Programme and did some research into it (I was sceptical after going through counselling, CBT and Analytical Therapy and not really improving) and I found Paul’s site.

After reading through it about 10 times I decided to give him a call and arranged my initial consultation.

I can honestly say Paul is one of the nicest people I have met and he made me feel relaxed and calm straight away.

During our consultation we talked about the programme and what it involved and I knew there and then that it was something I wanted to do.

I have currently had 5 sessions with Paul and my life has completely changed, I am more confident, relaxed and happy.

I have overcome many of the ‘issues’ I had when I started the programme and well on my way to beating others.

This programme is challenging but in a good way as you learn about who you are as a person and that we all have the power in us to change and thrive gives you the skills and confidence to ….. Thrive.

I would advise anybody who suffers with emetophobia, anxiety or any other issue that is stopping you living your life to do this programme.”

Paul H

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