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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Chapman

How Hypnotherapy can be used to treat Emetophobia: Insights from an East London Therapist.

Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, seems to be increasingly prevalent since the pandemic, affecting individuals in various ways. While some may develop restrictive eating habits or avoid certain foods and places, others experience significant disruptions in their work and social life. This fear can lead to avoidance of events or situations where vomiting may occur, causing distress and isolation. The impact of emetophobia varies from person to person, but it can significantly affect individuals' daily lives and well-being.

Often the fear of vomiting can stem from negative experiences with vomiting, illness especially in public or inconvenient situations. Some people connect it to the fear of being judged and others don't but normally there is a link to feeling out of control. As a result of our unconscious tries to claw back a sense of control - making the sufferer feel anxious about going out, eating new things, eating in social settings or being away from home which in turn reinforces social isolation and avoidance behaviours.

I have successfully used Cognitive Hypnotherapy in my East London clinic to treat emetophobia. Hypnosis can help individuals explore and understand the underlying reasons for their fear, which may include past traumatic experiences or learned behaviors. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can assist in reframing perceptions of vomiting or rejection, reducing anxiety responses, and promoting a sense of control and safety.

I have found that clients often use hypnotherapy as a last resort and as they have been struggling with the issue for a while therefore some behaviours become habitual. I encourage my clients to address their thoughts and challenge them. Providing them with tools and techniques to use in the moment to tackle the anxiety and feel more grounded and in control.

Emetophobia can be treated using hypnosis
Emetophobia can lead to social isolation and avoidance behaviours

The downloads that I supply you with will aid this process and encourage you to see yourself free of this fear, feeding the unconscious the new image of you embracing life, phobia free. Helping you become more receptive to embracing the opportunities that come your way.

If this is something that you have been struggling with and you would like to get in contact with me to see how we can work together either online or from my East London or Buckhurst Hill Therapy room then please get in touch to book in a discover call

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