All About the Fear of Being Sick & How To Overcome it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands


What is the Fear of Being Sick?

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 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.

Fear is the emotional experience that we have when we perceive there to be some sort of threat in our immediate location or context, or even that a threat may present itself in the future (anticipatory anxiety) and this is certainly true for somebody who has a fear of Being Sick.

The important thing to be aware of is that we only need to perceive (believe) that something is a threat in order to trigger the fear reaction and just as importantly, what one person perceives to be a threat may not be regarded as threatening to somebody else.

In other words, the fear of Being Sick is a highly individual experience based on the subjective belief that Being Sick represents a threat to that individual.

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 this fear the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined.

We are fully aware of the subjective nature of individual fears and will treat you and your Fear of Being Sick seriously when you consult us for help.

The common symptoms of the fear of Being Sick

Fear of Being Sick Symptoms

The symptoms associated with the fear of Being Sick have much in common with other fears and phobias and may include:

  • 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
  • Catastrophising language patterns
  • Obsessing about food being cooked properly
  • Obsessive cleanliness
  • Control issues
  • The use of stomach settlers
  • Obsessive thinking about germs (Norovirus)

Often the symptoms of Emetophobia can seem to occur without the object of fear even being present indicating that the fear of Being Sick has become normalised into everyday life.

This normalisation process often results in the development and use of safety behaviours in an attempt to prevent exposure to triggering events which, paradoxically, may cause the problem to get worse.

In other words, safety behaviours tend to reinforce the fear of Being Sick rather than diminish it!

Emetophobia may be the result of earlier traumatic experiences that can be directly (or indirectly) linked to a specific object or situation, but this is not always the case because fears can also be inherited as learned behaviours from the social context in which a person is brought up.

The good news is that the majority of people who suffer with a fear of Being Sick will find a course of psychotherapy highly beneficial.

Therapy & Counselling for the Fear of Being Sick

You can read more about the different types of therapy for the fear of Being Sick below.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the Fear of Being Sick

If you’re determined to overcome your fear of Being Sick then we highly recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul.

T-CBT is a clinically proven psychotherapy course that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify any limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking styles that you might have developed in order to cope, and then provide guidance on how to make changes to your thinking and behaviours to irradicate the problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has an excellent track-record with problems based on anxiety and fearful cognitions (thoughts) which are key factors in the fear of Being Sick.

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Alternative Psychotherapies for the Fear of Being Sick

Although we generally recommend CBT for Emetophobia, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for people preferring a different approach.

These include:

Psychodynamic therapy which focuses on understanding why the problem has arisen and relies on the therapy relationship to bring about change.

Counselling which is less formally structured than CBT but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss issues. Talking problems through with a skilled counsellor is often therapeutic in its own right.

Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

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Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Being Sick

We offer all prospective clients FREE initial consultations to discuss your Emetophobia problems prior to commencing any psychotherapy programmes.

The consultation and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various solutions that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available online.

We recognise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so it is important to meet (either face-to-face or online) before deciding to follow a course of psychotherapy.

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 Your Problems with our CBT Course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.

Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.

It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.

To find out how 'severe' your symptoms are, take the Emetophobia Quiz here.


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You can purchase your course of CBT in our shop by clicking on any of the links below.

Self-Help CBT Course - £149

Course + 2 Clinical Sessions - £299

Course + 5 Clinical Sessions - £499

Course + 10 Clinical Sessions - £799

Areas We Serve

We offer mental health services, therapy & counselling for people living in:

  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Wombourne
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire

For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.

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