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Fear of Being Sick Counselling

Mental Health Counselling for the Fear of Being Sick & Emetophobia in Wolverhampton & Online

The Fear of Being Sick is known technically as Emetophobia or the Fear of Vomiting and is much more common than you might imagine with estimates that around 5% of people in the UK suffer from it!

Paul has been working with Emetophobia sufferers for the last 12 years and has an expert understanding of this problem.

You can find lots more information and links to this problem lower down the page.

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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!

The therapists at TranceForm are fully aware of this and will treat you and your Fear of Being Sick seriously when you consult us for help.

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

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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.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome the Fear of Being Sick

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If you’re committed to overcoming your Fear of Being Sick then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.

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 the Fear of Being Sick or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

Alternative Therapy Options for the Fear of Being Sick

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Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for the Fear of Being Sick is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.

These include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
  • 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.
  • Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Being Sick

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Fear of Being Sick (emetophobia) prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various 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 our change programmes 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.

Buy Our Self-Help Book

The Restrictive Realities of Belief is Paul's recently authored self-help book containing everything you need to know about how mental health problems are 'realised' through the socio-cultural beliefs that we acquire over our lifetimes and what you can do to bring about effective change.


You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:

The Restrictive Realities of Belief - Book

It is currently available as a 307 page A4 PDF file for just £19.99 which you can purchase here using PayPal. Your copy of the book will be sent by e-mail.

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For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

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Hi, I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology & specialise in the following therapeutic modalities:

Tranceformental CBT

Happiness Coaching

Psychodynamic Therapy

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Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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I specialise in the following therapies:


Brain Working Recursive Therapy

Analytical Therapy

I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, meditation and hypnotherapy

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Complete Wellness Programme

Call Joan on: 07434 776504



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