Fear of Being Sick Counselling
Paul has been working with Emetophobia sufferers for the last 13 years and has an expert understanding of this problem.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways of helping those with the fear of being sick with the most effective forms of therapy being those based on an understanding that this fear is largely ‘created’ through the adoption of catastrophic thinking styles and a low sense of ‘agency’ (a feeling that it can’t be solved) that leads to feeling powerless about the phobia.
Fears and phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, always result is feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and the Fear of Being Sick is no different to any other (irrational) fear, although Emetophobia sufferers tend to take much more extreme precautions in avoiding their ‘triggers’ which paradoxically tends to make the problem worse not better.
Many people do not really understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the Fear of Being Sick as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering emetophobia, the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined. In fact, for the sufferer, the object or situation that triggers the phobia seems like a sensible thing to avoid!
Just because somebody else doesn’t find the situations that give rise to the Fear of Being Sick particularly worrying, doesn’t mean that sufferers are in some way ‘stupid’ or dysfunctional – at some point the phobic response was ‘coherent’ and served a useful purpose.
The good news is that most people who suffer with the Fear of Being Sick can almost certainly learn the tools and techniques to manage their thinking more effectively and reduce, or completely eradicate, their phobia.
Fear of Being Sick Symptoms
The symptoms of the Fear of Being Sick are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Inability to Relax
- Worrying about Norovirus
- Avoiding alcohol
- Avoiding people with children who may have been ill in the last few days
- Worry about becoming pregnant (morning sickness)
- Constantly checking sell-by-dates on food
- Avoid eating out at restaurants for fear of under cooked food
- Developing time consuming cleaning routines and practices
Symptoms of the Fear of Being Sick may seem to occur automatically and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts. When this happens it seems that the most natural thing to do is to develop a ‘strategy, of avoiding those situations which ‘trigger’ the problem. These strategies are collectively known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the Fear of Being Sick sufferer, these safety behaviours often have the opposite effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
In some instances the Fear of Being Sick might be the result of negative emotional experiences in earlier life, or just as often can simply be something that happened more recently that has become the current ‘focus of attention’.
If not addressed sooner rather than later, the Fear of Being Sick can often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ll always have this phobia”.
In just as many cases, the Fear of Being Sick may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Psychological Counselling for the Fear of Being Sick
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different counselling solutions for the fear of being sick which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the Fear of Being Sick
If you’re committed to overcoming your emetophobia problems 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.
Teach Yourself CBT and Overcome the Fear of Being Sick for only £149!
Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.
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Alternative Therapies for the Fear of Being Sick
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for emetophobia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Being Sick
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your fear of being sick 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 the Fear of Being Sick with Our Online CBT Programme – From Only £299!
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective for a range of mental health problems and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our advanced CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to spend a fortune.
The course is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support in-clinic or using Zoom.
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Also available as a teach yourself course that you manage yourself without interacting with a therapist for only £149.