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Episode 13: Avoidance and Safety Behaviours (Monologue) Emetophobia Help with Anna Christie

Host: Anna Christie, Psychotherapist and Emetophobia Specialist Monologue by Anna Christie on Avoidance and Safety Behaviours. Anna lists a lot of possible behaviours, and encourages listeners to make their own list. If you can put your list in order from easiest to most difficult to give up, you can slowly work on doing just that, and your emetophobia will improve significantly. Anna goes into more detail about how this works. Trigger Warnings: The phrase "get sick" "was sick" etc. are used and the term "throw up" once. No stories are told and nothing gory or disgusting is discussed. Opening Quotation: "When fear makes your choices for you, no security measures on earth will keep the things you dread from finding you. But if you can avoid avoidance – if you can choose to embrace experiences out of passion, enthusiasm, and a readiness to feel whatever arises – then nothing, nothing in all this dangerous world, can keep you from being safe." ~ Martha Beck Intro Music: YouTube Audio Library, "Far Away (Sting)" by MK2, Used with Permission.Support the show (http://www.buymeacoff.ee/emethelp)
  1. Episode 13: Avoidance and Safety Behaviours (Monologue)
  2. Episode 12: A Heart-Wrenching Story as a Cause
  3. Episode 11: The Emetophobic Brain, Made Easy
  4. Episode 10: Exposure Therapy – Not As Bad As You Think!
  5. Episode 9: Dr. Donna Rosko: How to – and how not to – treat emetophobia with CBT

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Are you afraid of vomiting or of seeing/hearing someone vomit? Do you experience anxiety or have panic attacks related to the fear of vomiting? Do you think about vomiting almost every day and especially when you don’t feel well? The fear of vomiting is called EMETOPHOBIA and it is much more common than you think.  6% of women and 1% of men suffer from a fear of vomiting. This means that 23 MILLION people in the United States alone have a fear of vomiting. 

Why have you never heard of it?  Shame and embarrassment. Emetophobics keep it hidden from everyone and suffer in silence.

Anna Christie, 2020

My name is Anna Christie, and I had a very severe phobia of vomiting for years. I don’t like to use the word “cure” because emetophobia is not a disease. But I am fully recovered thanks to conventional CBT, and I am now a licensed psychotherapist specializing in emetophobia. 

I offer treatment for emetophobia online via Skype, give professional consults, provide free resources to therapists, write, educate and offer guest speaking. My fee per 50-minute session is $200CAD. I see most clients for 16-20 sessions.

As of September 1st, 2020 my waitlist for ADULTS is several months long. Click here to add your name to my waitlist. I am no longer taking CHILDREN or ADOLESCENTS on a waitlist. 

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