Understanding Emetophobia: A Path to Recovery

Conquer Your Fear of Vomiting with Expert Psychotherapy

Discover how specialised therapy at Lee Psychology can help you overcome emetophobia and reclaim your life.

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what is emetophobia?

The Impact of Emetophobia on Daily Life

Emetophobia, or the intense fear of vomiting, can significantly disrupt daily activities and overall quality of life.

This phobia can trigger overwhelming anxiety about the possibility of vomiting, whether from illness, anxiety, or other causes.

Individuals who worry about being sick often go to great lengths to avoid situations where vomiting could occur, leading to restrictive behaviours that can impact social interactions, dietary choices, and even professional opportunities.

At Lee Psychology, we understand how this fear can permeate every aspect of your life, leading to a cycle of anxiety and avoidance.

Our therapies are designed to address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of emetophobia, helping you to gradually face and overcome your fears in a supportive environment.

recognising the signs

Symptoms and Behaviours of Emetophobia

The most common symptoms and behaviours associated with the fear of vomiting include:

  • Avoidance of alcohol.
  • Staying away from people who have recently been ill.
  • Preferring to cook their own food and obsessively checking that all food has been thoroughly cooked throughout.
  • Having very high standards of personal hygiene and cleanliness, often to the point of obsession.
  • Avoiding taking medications that have sickness as a side-effect.
  • Using stomach settlers such as mint teas or other herbal infusions.
  • Very high levels of anxiety.

You may have these or other symptoms as Emetophobia tends to be unique for each person.

The Emetophobia Test

Find out how severe your fear of vomiting is with our online test.

Exploring Effective Therapy Options for Emetophobia

Comprehensive Treatment Approaches at Lee Psychology

Our Therapeutic Services for Emetophobia

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT helps individuals with the fear of beig sick by challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies.


Through guided relaxation and focused attention, hypnotherapy can help reduce the anxiety and fear associated with emetophobia, enabling individuals to respond more calmly in triggering situations.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Combining CBT and hypnotherapy, this approach provides a dual-action strategy to tackle the thought patterns and physical reactions of a vomit phobia simultaneously.

Adlerian Therapy

Adlerian therapy focuses on understanding the unique lifestyle of individuals with a fear of vomiting and fostering social interest and community feeling, which can be therapeutic.

What Our Clients Say

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia

Alice Gardiner Beats Emetophobia “I contacted Paul in September this year after I had researched why I was so scared of being sick. I found out it was called Emetophobia and that there was something I could do about it! I had had a course of Cognitive Behavioural...

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Fear of Being Sick All The Time

Fear of Being Sick All The Time

Are You Living in Fear of Being Sick All the Time? Unlike many other phobias which can, to a certain extent, be avoided by simply not going near the *"phobic object", Emetophobia is rather unique as it leads the sufferer to be in fear of being sick all the time....

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Fear of Being Sick Cured

Fear of Being Sick Cured

Fear of Being Sick Cure - Rachel's Testimonial I first came across the Thrive Programme in October 2013 in a last desperate search for help and support for my fear of being sick (Emetophobia). At the time I was a new mom and had just experienced my first round of the...

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Meet Paul & Joan

Paul lee bsc msc (psych) & joan lee d.hyp (adv)

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Paul Lee

Mental Health Psychologist

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Paul specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy, helping clients transform their thought patterns and behaviours.

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Joan Lee


Joan integrates hypnotherapy with traditional therapeutic practices to offer innovative solutions for a wide range of mental health problems.

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Ready to Overcome Your Fear?

Take the first step towards a life free from the fear of vomiting. Schedule a consultation with Lee Psychology today and find out how our specialised psychotherapies can help you.