Help for EMETOPHOBIA (FEAR Of VOMIT)

Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and counselling in Bristol and Online

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be struggling with intense and distressing reactions to vomit? Still avoiding certain places or activities? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that their symptoms of emetophobia can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR EMETOPHOBIA

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE! For your privacy, no email registration required!If you’re looking for help to overcome a fear of vomit and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as emetophobia. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your anxiety and panic that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT EMETOPHOBIA

 

Emetophobia is the technical term given to a pervasive fear of vomit / gagging / choking / retching, and other related experiences. Many people with emetophobia have never heard of the technical term and often refer to their symptom as a fear of being sick or seeing sick. While no one really likes being sick, for various reasons your dislike or disgust can become more pervasive, persistent, debilitating, and overwhelming, in which case therapy for the fear of sick is highly recommended and can be life-changing.

 

 

Generally speaking, for individuals experiencing emetophobia, anything to do with vomit triggers a powerful distress reaction and can result in full-blown panic attacks, which are incredibly frightening and disconcerting. Sometimes the condition is referred to as SPOV or Specific Phobia of Vomiting. Emetophobia is typically more common in women, however males can be affected as well. According to the International Emetophobia Society, vomit phobia is the fifth most common phobia that people experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EMETOPHOBIA?

 

When you have emetophobia you tend to perpetually worry about being sick or encountering vomit, whether in the street or in certain social environments such as pubs or clubs, where the chances of someone being sick are significantly increased. You may also experience apprehension or anticipatory anxiety about suddenly being exposed to images of people being sick in films or on television shows. You may dread public transport or any enclosed or confined spaces where your ability to escape is limited, and you may be filled with dread when you hear about a virus going around at work or on the news.

 

 

The nature of emetophobia is such that it often leads to an increasingly restricted life. Over time you tend to slowly reduce the kind of activities you are involved in and the places you go, attempting to eliminate the possibility of being triggered and thus gain some control over the situation and your anxiety. In some extreme cases emetophobia can result in agoraphobia, where you no longer feel comfortable stepping outside of your own home for fear of being triggered. You may have already mapped out certain 'safe zones' and 'no-go areas'. Emetophobia is particularly distressing if you are pregnant, due to bouts of morning sickness, and after child-birth, when you're faced with vomit on a near daily basis!

 

 

Emetophobia is sometimes thought to be a variant of OCD as shares many similarities. It is an obsession about a particular issue and a strong compulsion to avoid or prevent it. It often includes fears of things like dirt and contamination, or aggressive hypgiene or cleansing routines that aim to eliminate sickness-inducing germs.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I EXPERIENCING EMETOPHOBIA?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of emetophobia so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things!

 

 

If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that it has to do with your brain's innate self-protective mechanisms going into overdrive! Deep in the middle of your brain you have an area known as the amygdala, a small almond-shaped nodule sometimes called the amygdalae, as there are technically two of them, one on each side of your brain. The primary job of the amygdala is to keep you safe and protect you from danger...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain 'records' experiences in a memory bank known as the hippocampus, and your amygdala draws on these positive and negative experiences in order to determine what to repeat or to avoid in the future. Emetophobia typically starts when you have a strong negative experience involving vomit - either your own or someone else's - in which you feel totally overwhelmed and out of control. Your amygdala basically says, "Hey! That was not cool. Now I absolutely HATE vomit, and I also HATE how out of control I was! I mustn't ever get that out of control again!" In short, you develop the fear of the fear of being out of control, and vomit becomes the major symbol or experience that your brain has learned will trigger it. A snowball of fear begins in which you obsess about encountering vomit, which naturally triggers your amygdala to feel out of control, and the more out of control you start to feel, the more your amygdala triggers its fear of being out of control! A slightly unusual analogy would be to think of it like a lazer beam bouncing around inside a mirrored box. Your brain effectively starts to trigger itself! Your brain gets spooked by its own experience of getting spooked! Fortunately I can help you safely and effectively get this situation back under control.

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR FEAR OF VOMIT

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your emetophobia, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, emetophobia sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services that can help you quickly get to the bottom of your fear of vomit and get you comfortably back in control again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME EMETOPHOBIA?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing anxious feelings about sick, while others have been battling with intense anxiety for a number of years. Sometimes the vomit fears seem to fade away and grow stronger at different times. And for some clients vomit fear is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, Sequential Psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your emetophobia you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who deals with vomit phobia and the fear of being sick, or you're seeking online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming emetophobia, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be struggling with intense and distressing reactions to vomit? Still avoiding certain places or activities? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that their symptoms of emetophobia can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR EMETOPHOBIA

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE! For your privacy, no email registration required!If you’re looking for help to overcome a fear of vomit and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as emetophobia. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your anxiety and panic that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT EMETOPHOBIA

 

Emetophobia is the technical term given to a pervasive fear of vomit / gagging / choking / retching, and other related experiences. Many people with emetophobia have never heard of the technical term and often refer to their symptom as a fear of being sick or seeing sick. While no one really likes being sick, for various reasons your dislike or disgust can become more pervasive, persistent, debilitating, and overwhelming, in which case therapy for the fear of sick is highly recommended and can be life-changing.

 

 

Generally speaking, for individuals experiencing emetophobia, anything to do with vomit triggers a powerful distress reaction and can result in full-blown panic attacks, which are incredibly frightening and disconcerting. Sometimes the condition is referred to as SPOV or Specific Phobia of Vomiting. Emetophobia is typically more common in women, however males can be affected as well. According to the International Emetophobia Society, vomit phobia is the fifth most common phobia that people experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EMETOPHOBIA?

 

When you have emetophobia you tend to perpetually worry about being sick or encountering vomit, whether in the street or in certain social environments such as pubs or clubs, where the chances of someone being sick are significantly increased. You may also experience apprehension or anticipatory anxiety about suddenly being exposed to images of people being sick in films or on television shows. You may dread public transport or any enclosed or confined spaces where your ability to escape is limited, and you may be filled with dread when you hear about a virus going around at work or on the news.

 

 

The nature of emetophobia is such that it often leads to an increasingly restricted life. Over time you tend to slowly reduce the kind of activities you are involved in and the places you go, attempting to eliminate the possibility of being triggered and thus gain some control over the situation and your anxiety. In some extreme cases emetophobia can result in agoraphobia, where you no longer feel comfortable stepping outside of your own home for fear of being triggered. You may have already mapped out certain 'safe zones' and 'no-go areas'. Emetophobia is particularly distressing if you are pregnant, due to bouts of morning sickness, and after child-birth, when you're faced with vomit on a near daily basis!

 

 

Emetophobia is sometimes thought to be a variant of OCD as shares many similarities. It is an obsession about a particular issue and a strong compulsion to avoid or prevent it. It often includes fears of things like dirt and contamination, or aggressive hypgiene or cleansing routines that aim to eliminate sickness-inducing germs.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I EXPERIENCING EMETOPHOBIA?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of emetophobia so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things!

 

 

If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that it has to do with your brain's innate self-protective mechanisms going into overdrive! Deep in the middle of your brain you have an area known as the amygdala, a small almond-shaped nodule sometimes called the amygdalae, as there are technically two of them, one on each side of your brain. The primary job of the amygdala is to keep you safe and protect you from danger...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain 'records' experiences in a memory bank known as the hippocampus, and your amygdala draws on these positive and negative experiences in order to determine what to repeat or to avoid in the future. Emetophobia typically starts when you have a strong negative experience involving vomit - either your own or someone else's - in which you feel totally overwhelmed and out of control. Your amygdala basically says, "Hey! That was not cool. Now I absolutely HATE vomit, and I also HATE how out of control I was! I mustn't ever get that out of control again!" In short, you develop the fear of the fear of being out of control, and vomit becomes the major symbol or experience that your brain has learned will trigger it. A snowball of fear begins in which you obsess about encountering vomit, which naturally triggers your amygdala to feel out of control, and the more out of control you start to feel, the more your amygdala triggers its fear of being out of control! A slightly unusual analogy would be to think of it like a lazer beam bouncing around inside a mirrored box. Your brain effectively starts to trigger itself! Your brain gets spooked by its own experience of getting spooked! Fortunately I can help you safely and effectively get this situation back under control.

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR FEAR OF VOMIT

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your emetophobia, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, emetophobia sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services that can help you quickly get to the bottom of your fear of vomit and get you comfortably back in control again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME EMETOPHOBIA?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing anxious feelings about sick, while others have been battling with intense anxiety for a number of years. Sometimes the vomit fears seem to fade away and grow stronger at different times. And for some clients vomit fear is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, Sequential Psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your emetophobia you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who deals with vomit phobia and the fear of being sick, or you're seeking online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming emetophobia, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

FREE initial consultation

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be struggling with intense and distressing reactions to vomit? Still avoiding certain places or activities? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that their symptoms of emetophobia can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR EMETOPHOBIA

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!If you’re looking for help to overcome a fear of vomit and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as emetophobia. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your anxiety and panic that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT EMETOPHOBIA

 

Emetophobia is the technical term given to a pervasive fear of vomit / gagging / choking / retching, and other related experiences. Many people with emetophobia have never heard of the technical term and often refer to their symptom as a fear of being sick or seeing sick. While no one really likes being sick, for various reasons your dislike or disgust can become more pervasive, persistent, debilitating, and overwhelming, in which case therapy for the fear of sick is highly recommended and can be life-changing.

 

 

Generally speaking, for individuals experiencing emetophobia, anything to do with vomit triggers a powerful distress reaction and can result in full-blown panic attacks, which are incredibly frightening and disconcerting. Sometimes the condition is referred to as SPOV or Specific Phobia of Vomiting. Emetophobia is typically more common in women, however males can be affected as well. According to the International Emetophobia Society, vomit phobia is the fifth most common phobia that people experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EMETOPHOBIA?

 

When you have emetophobia you tend to perpetually worry about being sick or encountering vomit, whether in the street or in certain social environments such as pubs or clubs, where the chances of someone being sick are significantly increased. You may also experience apprehension or anticipatory anxiety about suddenly being exposed to images of people being sick in films or on television shows. You may dread public transport or any enclosed or confined spaces where your ability to escape is limited, and you may be filled with dread when you hear about a virus going around at work or on the news.

 

 

The nature of emetophobia is such that it often leads to an increasingly restricted life. Over time you tend to slowly reduce the kind of activities you are involved in and the places you go, attempting to eliminate the possibility of being triggered and thus gain some control over the situation and your anxiety. In some extreme cases emetophobia can result in agoraphobia, where you no longer feel comfortable stepping outside of your own home for fear of being triggered. You may have already mapped out certain 'safe zones' and 'no-go areas'. Emetophobia is particularly distressing if you are pregnant, due to bouts of morning sickness, and after child-birth, when you're faced with vomit on a near daily basis!

 

 

Emetophobia is sometimes thought to be a variant of OCD as shares many similarities. It is an obsession about a particular issue and a strong compulsion to avoid or prevent it. It often includes fears of things like dirt and contamination, or aggressive hypgiene or cleansing routines that aim to eliminate sickness-inducing germs.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I EXPERIENCING EMETOPHOBIA?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of emetophobia so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things!

 

 

If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that it has to do with your brain's innate self-protective mechanisms going into overdrive! Deep in the middle of your brain you have an area known as the amygdala, a small almond-shaped nodule sometimes called the amygdalae, as there are technically two of them, one on each side of your brain. The primary job of the amygdala is to keep you safe and protect you from danger...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain 'records' experiences in a memory bank known as the hippocampus, and your amygdala draws on these positive and negative experiences in order to determine what to repeat or to avoid in the future. Emetophobia typically starts when you have a strong negative experience involving vomit - either your own or someone else's - in which you feel totally overwhelmed and out of control. Your amygdala basically says, "Hey! That was not cool. Now I absolutely HATE vomit, and I also HATE how out of control I was! I mustn't ever get that out of control again!" In short, you develop the fear of the fear of being out of control, and vomit becomes the major symbol or experience that your brain has learned will trigger it. A snowball of fear begins in which you obsess about encountering vomit, which naturally triggers your amygdala to feel out of control, and the more out of control you start to feel, the more your amygdala triggers its fear of being out of control! A slightly unusual analogy would be to think of it like a lazer beam bouncing around inside a mirrored box. Your brain effectively starts to trigger itself! Your brain gets spooked by its own experience of getting spooked! Fortunately I can help you safely and effectively get this situation back under control.

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR FEAR OF VOMIT

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your emetophobia, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, emetophobia sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services that can help you quickly get to the bottom of your fear of vomit and get you comfortably back in control again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME EMETOPHOBIA?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing anxious feelings about sick, while others have been battling with intense anxiety for a number of years. Sometimes the vomit fears seem to fade away and grow stronger at different times. And for some clients vomit fear is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, Sequential Psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your emetophobia you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who deals with vomit phobia and the fear of being sick, or you're seeking online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming emetophobia, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

The Bristol Psychotherapy

& Hypnotherapy Clinic

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE initial consultation

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be struggling with intense and distressing reactions to vomit? Still avoiding certain places or activities? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that their symptoms of emetophobia can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR EMETOPHOBIA

 

If you’re looking for help to overcome a fear of vomit and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as emetophobia. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your anxiety and panic that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT EMETOPHOBIA

 

Emetophobia is the technical term given to a pervasive fear of vomit / gagging / choking / retching, and other related experiences. Many people with emetophobia have never heard of the technical term and often refer to their symptom as a fear of being sick or seeing sick. While no one really likes being sick, for various reasons your dislike or disgust can become more pervasive, persistent, debilitating, and overwhelming, in which case therapy for the fear of sick is highly recommended and can be life-changing.

 

 

Generally speaking, for individuals experiencing emetophobia, anything to do with vomit triggers a powerful distress reaction and can result in full-blown panic attacks, which are incredibly frightening and disconcerting. Sometimes the condition is referred to as SPOV or Specific Phobia of Vomiting. Emetophobia is typically more common in women, however males can be affected as well. According to the International Emetophobia Society, vomit phobia is the fifth most common phobia that people experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EMETOPHOBIA?

 

When you have emetophobia you tend to perpetually worry about being sick or encountering vomit, whether in the street or in certain social environments such as pubs or clubs, where the chances of someone being sick are significantly increased. You may also experience apprehension or anticipatory anxiety about suddenly being exposed to images of people being sick in films or on television shows. You may dread public transport or any enclosed or confined spaces where your ability to escape is limited, and you may be filled with dread when you hear about a virus going around at work or on the news.

 

 

The nature of emetophobia is such that it often leads to an increasingly restricted life. Over time you tend to slowly reduce the kind of activities you are involved in and the places you go, attempting to eliminate the possibility of being triggered and thus gain some control over the situation and your anxiety. In some extreme cases emetophobia can result in agoraphobia, where you no longer feel comfortable stepping outside of your own home for fear of being triggered. You may have already mapped out certain 'safe zones' and 'no-go areas'. Emetophobia is particularly distressing if you are pregnant, due to bouts of morning sickness, and after child-birth, when you're faced with vomit on a near daily basis!

 

 

Emetophobia is sometimes thought to be a variant of OCD as shares many similarities. It is an obsession about a particular issue and a strong compulsion to avoid or prevent it. It often includes fears of things like dirt and contamination, or aggressive hypgiene or cleansing routines that aim to eliminate sickness-inducing germs.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I EXPERIENCING EMETOPHOBIA?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of emetophobia so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things!

 

 

If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that it has to do with your brain's innate self-protective mechanisms going into overdrive! Deep in the middle of your brain you have an area known as the amygdala, a small almond-shaped nodule sometimes called the amygdalae, as there are technically two of them, one on each side of your brain. The primary job of the amygdala is to keep you safe and protect you from danger...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain 'records' experiences in a memory bank known as the hippocampus, and your amygdala draws on these positive and negative experiences in order to determine what to repeat or to avoid in the future. Emetophobia typically starts when you have a strong negative experience involving vomit - either your own or someone else's - in which you feel totally overwhelmed and out of control. Your amygdala basically says, "Hey! That was not cool. Now I absolutely HATE vomit, and I also HATE how out of control I was! I mustn't ever get that out of control again!" In short, you develop the fear of the fear of being out of control, and vomit becomes the major symbol or experience that your brain has learned will trigger it. A snowball of fear begins in which you obsess about encountering vomit, which naturally triggers your amygdala to feel out of control, and the more out of control you start to feel, the more your amygdala triggers its fear of being out of control! A slightly unusual analogy would be to think of it like a lazer beam bouncing around inside a mirrored box. Your brain effectively starts to trigger itself! Your brain gets spooked by its own experience of getting spooked! Fortunately I can help you safely and effectively get this situation back under control.

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR FEAR OF VOMIT

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your emetophobia, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, emetophobia sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services that can help you quickly get to the bottom of your fear of vomit and get you comfortably back in control again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME EMETOPHOBIA?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing anxious feelings about sick, while others have been battling with intense anxiety for a number of years. Sometimes the vomit fears seem to fade away and grow stronger at different times. And for some clients vomit fear is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, Sequential Psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your emetophobia you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who deals with vomit phobia and the fear of being sick, or you're seeking online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming emetophobia, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE initial consultation

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

© SEBASTIAN T. EASTWOOD-BLOOM 2018

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be struggling with intense and distressing reactions to vomit? Still avoiding certain places or activities? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that their symptoms of emetophobia can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR EMETOPHOBIA

 

If you’re looking for help to overcome a fear of vomit and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as emetophobia. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your anxiety and panic that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

  DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT EMETOPHOBIA

 

Emetophobia is the technical term given to a pervasive fear of vomit / gagging / choking / retching, and other related experiences. Many people with emetophobia have never heard of the technical term and often refer to their symptom as a fear of being sick or seeing sick. While no one really likes being sick, for various reasons your dislike or disgust can become more pervasive, persistent, debilitating, and overwhelming, in which case therapy for the fear of sick is highly recommended and can be life-changing.

 

 

Generally speaking, for individuals experiencing emetophobia, anything to do with vomit triggers a powerful distress reaction and can result in full-blown panic attacks, which are incredibly frightening and disconcerting. Sometimes the condition is referred to as SPOV or Specific Phobia of Vomiting. Emetophobia is typically more common in women, however males can be affected as well. According to the International Emetophobia Society, vomit phobia is the fifth most common phobia that people experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EMETOPHOBIA?

 

When you have emetophobia you tend to perpetually worry about being sick or encountering vomit, whether in the street or in certain social environments such as pubs or clubs, where the chances of someone being sick are significantly increased. You may also experience apprehension or anticipatory anxiety about suddenly being exposed to images of people being sick in films or on television shows. You may dread public transport or any enclosed or confined spaces where your ability to escape is limited, and you may be filled with dread when you hear about a virus going around at work or on the news.

 

 

The nature of emetophobia is such that it often leads to an increasingly restricted life. Over time you tend to slowly reduce the kind of activities you are involved in and the places you go, attempting to eliminate the possibility of being triggered and thus gain some control over the situation and your anxiety. In some extreme cases emetophobia can result in agoraphobia, where you no longer feel comfortable stepping outside of your own home for fear of being triggered. You may have already mapped out certain 'safe zones' and 'no-go areas'. Emetophobia is particularly distressing if you are pregnant, due to bouts of morning sickness, and after child-birth, when you're faced with vomit on a near daily basis!

 

 

Emetophobia is sometimes thought to be a variant of OCD as shares many similarities. It is an obsession about a particular issue and a strong compulsion to avoid or prevent it. It often includes fears of things like dirt and contamination, or aggressive hypgiene or cleansing routines that aim to eliminate sickness-inducing germs.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I EXPERIENCING EMETOPHOBIA?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of emetophobia so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things!

 

 

If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that it has to do with your brain's innate self-protective mechanisms going into overdrive! Deep in the middle of your brain you have an area known as the amygdala, a small almond-shaped nodule sometimes called the amygdalae, as there are technically two of them, one on each side of your brain. The primary job of the amygdala is to keep you safe and protect you from danger...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain 'records' experiences in a memory bank known as the hippocampus, and your amygdala draws on these positive and negative experiences in order to determine what to repeat or to avoid in the future. Emetophobia typically starts when you have a strong negative experience involving vomit - either your own or someone else's - in which you feel totally overwhelmed and out of control. Your amygdala basically says, "Hey! That was not cool. Now I absolutely HATE vomit, and I also HATE how out of control I was! I mustn't ever get that out of control again!" In short, you develop the fear of the fear of being out of control, and vomit becomes the major symbol or experience that your brain has learned will trigger it. A snowball of fear begins in which you obsess about encountering vomit, which naturally triggers your amygdala to feel out of control, and the more out of control you start to feel, the more your amygdala triggers its fear of being out of control! A slightly unusual analogy would be to think of it like a lazer beam bouncing around inside a mirrored box. Your brain effectively starts to trigger itself! Your brain gets spooked by its own experience of getting spooked! Fortunately I can help you safely and effectively get this situation back under control.

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR FEAR OF VOMIT

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your emetophobia, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, emetophobia sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services that can help you quickly get to the bottom of your fear of vomit and get you comfortably back in control again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY ANXIETY?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing anxiety, while others have been battling with anxiety for a number of years. For some clients anxiety is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your emetophobia you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who deals with vomit phobia and the fear of being sick, or you're seeking online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming emetophobia, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE initial consultation

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required