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Episode 6: Support Groups – are they good or bad? Emetophobia Help with Anna Christie

Host: Anna Christie, Psychotherapist and Emetophobia SpecialistAnna Interviews: Charlotte Young from ScotlandTrigger Warnings: Just the regular ones – you may hear the word “vomit” used or talking about a time when someone was sick. No stories told and no gory details.Charlotte and Anna chat about online support groups, and the pros and cons as well as all the social media platforms that you can find information, help and support (both good and bad).Opening Quotation: “Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” ~ Yoko OnoIntro Music: YouTube Audio Library, “Far Away (Sting)” by MK2, used with permission.
  1. Episode 6: Support Groups – are they good or bad?
  2. Episode 5: Emetophobia and Depression
  3. Episode 4: Coping with Emetophobia and Other Illnesses
  4. Episode 3 How I Freed Myself from Living in my Bathroom
  5. Episode 2 The Frustrating Search for a Cause

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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