Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting or the fear of being sick.
Despite estimates that Emetophobia may affect up to 5% of the population, it remains largely unknown because most sufferers feel so “silly” or “embarrassed” about it that often they will not even tell their partners about it for several years!
Although Emetophobia seems to be more prevalent in females, it certainly does affect males and we have helped a number here in our clinic.
The majority of Emetophobia sufferers consult us between the ages of about 21 & 30.
It is unusual for Emetophobes to seek help when they are much older than this, usually because they have learnt to cope with it up until that point and are able to get on with their lives without too much interference.
Fortunately, here at Tranceform Paul has expert knowledge of both how Emetophobia is formed as well as offering an evidence-based approach to overcoming it.
This method is based on an understanding of the causes and factors which maintain Emetophobic behaviours and is based entirely on 100% empirically supported processes for creating changes in those factors.
Common Symptoms of Emetophobia
- Fear of Being Sick oneself
- The fear of other people being sick
- Social anxiety about being sick in public
- Avoidance of Alcohol
- Avoidance of anybody who has been ill recently
- Catastrophic language patterns
- Obsessive thinking about food being cooked properly
- Obsessive cleanliness
- A high propensity for control
- The use of stomach settlers
- Obsessive thinking about germs (Norovirus)
In fact, Emetophobia can present itself in a whole host of different ways, but whichever form of Emetophobia you happen to suffer with, our research-backed & evidence based psychological training programme based on CBT can help you.
Read more detailed information about Emetophobia Symptoms here.
Common Factors in Emetophobia
The majority of Emetophobia sufferers will almost certainly be able to ‘pin-point’ a time in their lives when they were sick, and that it was ‘so bad’ that it has subsequently developed into this phobia.
Whilst it is understandable that people want to be able to identify a certain event that ‘created’ their phobia, there is very little evidence to support this notion.
Most people who have a phobia of flying in a plane have never been involved in a plane crash!
Having worked with a large number of Emetophobia sufferers here in the West Midlands there are a number of common ‘factors’ that we see that are more related to the development of this phobia, including the following observations:
- Sufferers always have a very high ‘desire for control’ and may even have associated OCD problems.
- They have a ‘catastrophic’ thinking style, often learnt from a catastrophic parent.
- They have a large number of ‘safety behaviours’ such as frequent hand washing, avoiding alcohol and checking sell-by-dates on food.
- They exhibit a high degree of ‘learned helplessness’ and believe that they can never overcome emetophobia.
Psychological Therapy for Emetophobia
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for emetophobia which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Emetophobia
If you’re committed to overcoming your fear of vomiting then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Free Initial Consultations for Emetophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your emetophobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Emetophobia with Our Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!
Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as emetophobia and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your fear of vomiting without having to visit a therapist.
Click Self-Help CBT for Emetophobia to find out more.