It is estimated that somewhere around a third of people with anxiety disorders are unwilling to try exposure therapy. From their point of view, it seems too risky. Why would you do something that you are terrified about? It likely seems that doing an exposure would make the very thing they fear much more likely Read More
I don’t remember how long ago this was but sometime post-grad I was introduced to and trained in providing exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP). I really like the ‘idea’ of this treatment. Most psychotherapy has an intangible quality. It can be hard to measure its effect. I remember asking a friend of mine who Read More
Back in the early 2000s, before YouTube or TikTok, I designed my own emetophobia treatment plan – exposure therapy – and worked through it with my therapist. I don’t really know how I overcame the fear of vomiting myself, however. The exposure I designed was only for the fear of seeing/hearing someone else vomit. So Read More
Anna and I have a lot of experience treating emetophobia. We know we are not the only ones. We would love to hear from other clinicians (and think it would be a great resource) about unique and effective exposures and/or eliminating safety behaviors. We have a great comment on the home page from Danielle that Read More
Sometimes when working with clients with a rare phobia such as emetophobia, it’s helpful to recommend a book and work through that book with them. Here are three books published by legitimate therapists.
10 helpful tips for people with emetophobia when traveling.
by Anna Christie I’m spending a beautiful, sunny and warm day inside today working on this website. We’ve just gotten over a heat wave in Vancouver that had us all confined to tiny rooms with tiny air conditioners. Since six people live in our house it was a challenge. The grandkids, ages 9 and 6 Read More