Testimonials for Cure Your Emetophobia and The Thrive Programme

The following testimonials all come from REAL people who have overcome their emetophobia and other symptoms with the this Programme.

See also: Video testimonals, Lisa’s video diary, Jenni’s video diary, Claire Fox’s video diary

 

I have had emetophobia for as long as I can remember. I am 29 years old and although I have been through some good times in my life where I feel I can manage the fear I have had some desperately low times where I could not function normally in everyday life. I have had all the typical emetophobic habits such as not eating in case I would be sick, drinking gallons of water a night to flush out my system, pacing the floors at night terrified to sleep, obsessive hand washing, running from anyone who was sick or knew of someone who was sick, avoiding eating out, avoiding public transport, staying clear of alchol, pregnany was never an option… you name it I’ve had it! I was terrified 24 hour of everyday.
My childhood is a memory of fear. I continuously felt terrified on a daily basis and I didn’t understand why nobody else felt so scared. I feared family holidays, family car trips, staying in the same room as my brother, school trips, eating out, school discos the list was endless. I can name every single time someone was sick in front of me from probably about 4 years old.
I have had a LOT of therapy. My first lot of CBT actually did help for a short time until I went to university, from there I had countless amounts of further CBT, spent thousands of pounds on a private psychosynthesis therapist (to this day I still don’t know what I was actually trying to achieve I just remember crying an awful lot for 2 years), hypnotherapy, further CBT on the NHS and finally eye movement desensitisation. Nothing helped, I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere even on a good day. Then one day my dad heard about Thrive on the radio. That was when my life started to change.
I was in a very high-pressure job I had never particularly enjoyed which had brought me to breakdown point countless times in the four years I had been there. At the end of 2010 I spent Christmas in bed barely able to move with the level of anxiety, depression and nausea I had created. I signed off on sick for 2 weeks and was put on medication. My parents were worried I would be admitted to hospital and that I would never eat again. In January of last year I couldn’t take it anymore I was a nervous wreck, extremely underweight and the tiredness and nausea where unbearable. So I quit. I took a small part time job and that’s when I bought Thrive.
On reading the first chapter I could not believe just how much Rob understood the phobia, I felt like the book was written about me. Slowly and surely my self esteem started to build and my anxiety levels dropped, I wasn’t as tired and I started to believe in myself just that little bit more. I still had the fear but I was managing it. I felt better and I suppose almost thought I didn’t need the book as I understood it, I knew exactly why I was the way I was. I assumed once I knew that was it I was cured. Over time the old habits crept in. The part time job I had fell through and I found myself at home all day alone.
I started to look for a full time role the interviews started and I struggled. I felt nervous, sick, anxious, self-conscious and after a few failed attempts I realised I had to get over this fear. Thrive had made a difference and I knew I hadn’t put my heart and soul into it. I picked the book up again and worked really hard, I watched all the testimonials, I watched the London Seminar repeatedly, I had positive affirmations plastered all over the house, every day was spent learning to Thrive.
After 2-3 weeks I felt like I needed a little help and guidance and that’s when I got in touch with Claire Rogers. I can honestly say it’s the best decision I ever made, having overcome emetophobia herself she understands 110% what it is like. Her enthusiasm and passion for Thrive is contagious and I came on leaps and bounds.
I found out I had a job interview a couple of weeks later for a Veterinary Nurse position. I enjoyed the interview, I felt confident and really excited. That’s when I knew I was doing it I was really starting to Thrive. I passed and went though to a second interview where I was taken into theatre to watch a surgery. Using the techniques I learnt I got through it and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life.
Since then I have gone back into a full time role I absolutely adore and I am thriving more and more everyday. I have eaten out in restaurants, I have had weekends away, I have travelled in cars for hours on end, I have eaten without washing my hands, I have cleaned up after dogs who are sick, I have played a drinking game, I have sat downstairs whilst someone was ill from drinking too much and not felt an ounce of fear.
 So much has changed and although I have made it happen, the support Thrive and the Thrive community have given has been outstanding. The key to it all is PACE Persistent and continuous effort. It’s not an easy fix but if you do the exercises, work hard and believe in yourself you can do it and feel brilliant.
Although I still fear myself being sick I know that I am getting there and it’s not something that is in my mind 24 hours of everyday.  I am working hard and feel better than ever. This year is my 30th birthday and I have many challenges set to celebrate just how far I have come. I am running in the Great North Run the week before my 30th and have 100% belief in my ability to do so.

Buy the book, do the exercises, work hard and be fantastic. Rachel


 

 

Below is the testimonials from a mother and her daughter who came to the Thrive Programme to help her daughters emetophobia and eating problems. They both got a lot out of their treatment.

 

My daughter Jessica has recently completed the Thrive program with James to help her overcome her emetophobia. I first contacted James when my daughter had been admitted to an eating disorders clinic due to her low body weight. Her phobias, which centered on a fear of becoming ill had led to her restricting the amount and variety of food which she was happy to consume. She would not share food with others, would not eat food when unable to wash her hands, would microwave everything she ate even if it was hot already. She would not drink water from a filter jug. Eating large amounts of food made her feel that she would be sick so over a period of time she restricted her portion sizes.

She received very little therapy whilst in the clinic, and this did not appear to help her overcome any of her phobias. The treatment in the clinic consisted of making Jessica eat large amounts of food, which caused her distress as it would make her gag and feel sick. Her anxiety levels soared. I contacted James to try and find a solution to her ongoing misery.

When we met with James when Jessica was on home leave, she was very nervous and wary of therapists due to her ongoing ordeal in the clinic. He told us that many emetophobia sufferers go undiagnosed for years and are often misdiagnosed with ‘Anorexia nervosa’.

Thankfully Jessica was discharged a few weeks later and was able to start the 6 week Thrive program. Jessica learnt how her feeling of lack of control over her life had led to her trying to control what she ate and factors in her environment. She felt empowered by the program to let go of the phobias that had led to her weight loss. Her self-esteem scores improved dramatically and her social anxiety lessened. All the phobias I mentioned above have now gone and Jessica has been able to maintain her weight independently in the normal range. More importantly Jessica is much more content with her life, feeling more in control and confident that she has the skills to deal with the ups and downs of everyday life.

I would definitely recommend the Thrive program to emetophobia sufferers, or for anxiety in general. I have attended most of Jessica’s therapy sessions and feel that I have gained a more positive outlook on life. I cope with negative thoughts much more effectively and have learnt to focus more on what I want to achieve in life rather than dwelling on reasons why not to attempt something! Jessica’s mum

 

I visited James with my mum several weeks after being admitted to hospital for my low bodyweight. Having suffered from emetophobia since the age of 9, my fear had affected the quantity and types of food I would eat, and this avoidance of food had led me to become physically unwell. I lacked in confidence in social situations, particularly with parties and gatherings with friends. I was very wary of food that others had prepared, because I couldn’t be sure if it was hygienic. The safety seeking behaviours I had developed caused more problems as I was constantly worrying what others thought of me.

James taught me that my unhelpful thinking styles were causing me to have a negative outlook on problems, and that I have the power to change the way I process thoughts for the better. By changing the way I thought in certain situations, I was able to control my anxiety and focus on other aspects of life. In six weeks, I overcame my fear of being sick, and have become a more confident person. It’s amazing to think that before, worries about hygiene and bacteria took up about 90% of my day, and now I rarely worry about being sick. Jessica


When I first heard of this book I was sceptical of how much it could help after having emetophobia all my life and trying numerous things over the years to overcome it, each time failing miserably. How wrong I was! My friend had started working through it and encouraged me to buy it also. This was the best decision I have ever made for helping myself!

The book is incredible. The research that rob has done into emetophobia is amazing, I learnt more about myself in the first few chapters then I had in my whole life suffering with emetophobia. Don’t think its just a book that you read and that’s it your cured, its not a quick fix. Put the effort in and you will get the results, take your time, make sure you understand it really well and complete all the actions thoroughly. This will change your life if you follow those points. Not only had it cured my emetophobia, its had the added bonus of making every aspect of my life better, I no longer suffer with social anxiety or self esteem issues. Its changed my life, I owe so much to this book. You will not regret buying it! R. Woodward


 

This truly is a life changing book! If you stick to it and follow through with everything Rob lays out for you, you will notice a HUGE change in your life!! Before reading this book I thought there was nothing that could be done to help me overcome Emetephobia. My husband found this for me on Amazon and we figured “what could it hurt?” Purchasing this book was probably one of the best things I have done for myself in my life. I have read through this book three times now and I have a such an immense understanding of myself, and I am happier, healthier, and looking forward to having a great life Emetephobia free. Thank you Rob!! Kelley


 

Having had emetophobia for 10 years and trying all sorts to try and get over it. Nothing helped. I only learned how to cope with it and to live a relatively normal life alongside my fear. I decided this wasn’t enough over Christmas this year and decided to buy this book. Before I started it I watched the emetophobia awareness seminar by Rob Kelly on youtube. I knew right then and there that this bloke knew his stuff. He knew more about emetophobia that any doctor or therapist I had seen before. He has done such extensive research into this phobia I was utterly astounded at the detail that the book goes into.

Within just 2 or 3 chapters of the book I knew it was going to help and I truely felt hope for the first time in years. It all made sense and everything starting clicking. This isn’t a quick read, treat the book as a project, there’s exercises and tasks you need to do throughout it and you need to maintain everything you’ve been learning every day. I’d advise buying a note book alongside this book to really take notes to get the most out of it.

I was someone who was so terrified of being sick – if someone told me I had to take a pill that would make me sick or I was going to die I wouldn’t have taken the pill. Now this statement just seems ridiculous to me now. Now I am more confident in my ability to deal with being sick or seeing someone else be sick if it was to happen. And now my life doesn’t revolve around it.

The bonus of this book, that I hadn’t expected, is that not only did it get rid of my phobia once and for all but I feel like a more confident, happy person, and i’m thinking more positively about the future in all areas of my life.

I wish I had discovered this book when it first came out but I am so glad it is here to help all emetophobes get over this life crippling phobia. It really is just awful to have to deal with. There is hope for you too, buy the book, speak to a consultant, pop over to their facebook page for advice etc. Just don’t suffer in silence. There is hope! Katie G.


 

After 40 years of debilitating emetophobia I came across Thrive out of sheer desperation. My life was becoming narrower and my behaviours more and more restrictive to the point where it really was all I could think about each and every minute of every day!! I found it so frustrating that I could not find a way out of the misery that I knew I was creating for myself. The Thrive program was truly life changing for me, I worked through it initially on my own and then had 2 sessions with an amazing Thrive consultant called Lucy Williamson who helped me to really clarify what I was learning about myself. The program takes consistant effort but it is so worth it!! I feel free for the first time ever, and can start living again without the terror, apprehension and unease that had become an every day feeling. I am so impressed by Rob Kelly and his amazing workbook that I am about to start training as a Thrive consultant which I am very excited about. The program not only cured my emetophobia, it has changed everything about the way I see myself and the world in general. Don’t waste anymore time feeling low, it really is possible to Thrive-what have you got to lose!!! C Rogers.


 

Once I started reading this book I began to see that it made sense in a way no other books or treatments had done. You find that it is your own beliefs and thought processes that cause your phobia. You are shown how to discover where your beliefs are stopping you from leading a happy, confident life. You are given exercises to do that will help you change your negative beliefs into more positive, empowering beliefs. It is essential that you read the whole book and do all the exercises. If you really stick at it, go back and repeat bits if necessary, you will not only cure your emetophobia but will find other areas of your life improve.

I had emetophobia for 75 years – yes 75 years! I’m now free from this debilitating phobia and “Thriving”. My biggest regret? That this book was not around when I was much younger! Thank you Rob for helping me to really enjoy what is left of my life. Mary, 75


 

Put in the effort and it will work. I was very sceptical when I first heard about the Thrive Programme if I am going to be honest. Since I could remember I had always had a fear of being sick and others being sick in front of me. I really wanted to overcome my fear and tried everything I could think of. I just couldn’t believe that this programme would work on me, I felt alone and stuck with my condition but I thought I might as well try it, nothing else so far had worked. I always felt that my emetophobia had controlled my life for all these past years but I was wrong. The only thing which made me have this phobia was myself. This book proves so many theories. You will look at your life in a completely different light. Everything you learn is relatively basic but not obvious to someone which such a phobia. It wasn’t easy completing the course, at times I felt I wasn’t getting better but then I needed to put in more effort! The more effort you put into this course, the more you will get out of it. I would like to publicly thank one of the consultants that I saw, Cara who demonstrated all this and has taught me all I know today.
You cannot read this book and expect to be ‘cured’. You have to work at it every day! Sooner than later, these new thinking skills become habits.
My life is so much better now than it was. I am able to go out with friends on a night out, use public bathrooms without fear and watch movies in the cinema without friends vetting them first. I promise if you buy this book you will not regret it.


I bought this book over a year ago because I was tired of having emetophobia and I worked through it with my Thrive consultant in Toronto, Daniel Deslauriers. Before I started Thrive, I tried Cognitive Behavourioural Therapy and was successful in overcoming a ten-year depression. I still had social anxiety, generalized anxiety, low self-esteem and emetophobia (emetophobia was my biggest concern as we all know how intense the impact is!). As I started reading the book and doing the exercises, I was able to realize that I no longer needed to obsess about things and took control over the generalized anxiety! I also was able to work on the social anxiety as I realized that social anxiety was all created by me! Doing the exercise on self-esteem really allowed my self-esteem to soar (and it’s important to continue doing these exercises in self-praise or your self-esteem battery can dwindle which happened to me throughout the past year). The most challenging aspect was actually overcoming the feelings of anxiety that I created over vomiting (obviously). I have to admit I was not persistent enough in my application of the programme, which is why I have allowed myself to get off track in the past year. I also have to admit that I have read testimonials and allowed myself to feel a bit like a failure as people seemed to overcome this fear so easily – but I realized that this is perfectionist and unhelpful thinking and I have to move at my own pace (thanks to the chapters on unhelpful thinking styles). A month ago, I started re-reading the book and doing the exercises and I am confident in my skills to overcome this fear, no matter how long it takes! I am confident because this book teaches you how to take control of your thoughts, actions and emotions. It teaches you how to feel good about yourself no matter what. It teaches you how to NOT engage in anxious thinking about vomiting (or really, about anything!). And it teaches you that when you do feel anxiety, to know that you have the ability to tolerate it and build a psychological bridge to deal with ANYTHING. I highly recommend this book as it will definitely change your life for the better. If you have the opportunity to work through it with a Thrive consultant, please ensure to do so. Daniel Deslauriers has been a great consultant and I highly recommend him as well! Kaystar


I cannot recommend this book enough. Like a number of comments here, I was initially cynical. In fact I was convinced that it wouldn’t work so went into it in a very negative way. However, after 2 weeks I was no longer Agoraphobic and 2 months on my life has changed completely. I don’t react to the old Emetophobia triggers. I no longer think about it all day everyday. I am no longer in constant fear. I now laugh and smile and measure my life by how much I laugh rather than what I ‘can’t’ do. It gave me my life back. To me, it is the miracle cure but it obviously won’t do the work for you. You have to work at the techniques everyday. I will never look back now and intend to enjoy my life to the full after nearly 40 years of Emetophobia. Since undertaking the course, I have now been able to take my son to the doctors for a vaccination which would have been impossible before hand, start driving again, go out the house, eat out, cope with feeling sick and even laugh at it!. I am happy to answer any questions on my experiences of the book / program. I don’t have an axe to grind, I don’t earn anything from the books etc. However, it has changed my life so much I am going to train as a Thrive Practitioner!!! You don’t have to live with Emetophobia, I had tried everything (CBT, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Exposure Therapy etc.). You have nothing to lose other than your fear. KVS


This book is AMAZING! I have emetophobia and am currently reading this book. I am only couple of chapters in and already I am feeling so much better – I am eating better, sleeping at night and just feel like I am a new person! Honestly it is worth the money! Please if you have emetophobia don’t let it ruin your life, your not alone but let me tell you that this book helps (it has helped me!) As well as helping you cure your emetophobia it also teaches you how to become a better and more confident person! Please get this book it is amazing and honestly you will not regret it! Bethan


Well, this review is going to be quite long and detailed, so before you read on let me summarise why I am writing this; Anyone and everyone with emetophobia NEEDS to buy this book. End of. Because it really will change your entire life, even aspects of it that you didn’t realise needed changing (The book has a particular knack for highlighting those…!)

I initially bought the Thrive book a few years ago, having suffered with emetophobia for probably around 20 years (starting when I was about 6 I think). I had a few sessions with Rob and then due to time/money constraints (and probably deep-down a lack of belief that it would work) stopped the programme and sessions. BIG mistake.

18 months later; I was at the point of total despair. I couldn’t clearly remember a time that I hadn’t had emetophobia, but over the last few years it had spiralled massively and life was completely out of control. I had totally hit rock bottom. It’s a bit awkward now to look back at everything I was doing to try and `manage’/avoid my phobia, but my avoidance tactics included; almost starving myself (dropping 2 stone in 2 months and giving myself a stomach ulcer) to the point of only eating half a bowl of soup a day so I had nothing in my stomach to throw up or for bugs to `latch’ on to (ridiculous!), drinking loads of coffee and tea to stifle my appetite, barely even drinking water, eating endless chewing gum/mints to speed up my metabolism and get food out of my stomach quicker, avoid eating meat and fish (first in restaurants, then almost completely unless the food was borderline-cremated), having to sit on the end of a row or near a toilet so I always had an escape, then avoiding eating out altogether or having to go outside mid-way through a meal because I was having such a panic attack, avoiding friends who had been ill for WEEKS, constantly carrying plastic bags with me in case I had to be sick, shutting myself in my room every evening if a bug was going around – the list was endless. I even got a doctor to prescribe me anti-vomit tablets normally prescribed to people having chemotherapy, because I told him my IBS (now miraculously disappeared, by the way!) meant I couldn’t keep food down without them.

Eating out, going out, flying anywhere, even going on holiday; everything became stressful and unbearable because of this fear. Last year I even ended up breaking up with a boyfriend because of it (not that he ever knew why) because I was so snappy and depressed, and could never eat/go out because of the panic; I became so unbearable to live with that we just couldn’t function as a couple anymore and, I’m sad to say, I cut my ties.

I knew things had gotten really bad when I started to drink very heavily to try and curb the severity of my panic attacks, which were happening before, during, and after every meal, as well as during the night (so I never slept), and every conceivable time in-between. It might seem odd for an emeto to drink heavily, but I literally had no coping skills and I was latching on to anything that could emotionally get me through the panics each day (and the hangovers made everything about a thousand times worse so I spiralled even more).

Earlier this year, I lost my job, suffered a bereavement and went through a break up in the same 2 weeks and completely lost the plot. At some points, I was so depressed I even found myself wondering if my only way out was suicide because I just couldn’t imagine living with it any longer (I hope that I would never have done it but the thoughts are certainly scary enough). When I had to go and get a routine blood test earlier this year and my results came back with chronic dehydration, malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, and liver functioning issues, I started to worry and knew I had to get help. I contacted Rob and he told me about this new book he had published SPECIFICALLY for emetophobia, Cure Your Emetophobia and Thrive, so I bought it and started from the beginning.

I’m not going to say it was easy. It was hard work. I was admittedly rather resistant at the start, getting cross and frustrated, fighting the book’s theories and questioning whether it would ever work. Sometimes I was completely demoralised and low and didn’t ever think I would be powerful enough to get through it. Sometimes I would have a few better days and then beat myself up if I messed up a day, telling myself I’d ruined everything and I was doomed with emetophobia forever. BUT, slowly slowly, as I immersed myself in Thrive/Cure your Emeto more, as I stopped fighting the book and started doing it was telling me to do, I started gradually to get a bit better and a bit better. I’d have a stumble but I’d just try to get over it and carry on. I even took a holiday by myself for a week in Greece to spend time away from my routines at home and really get to grips with the theories and the techniques to get better, which made an enormous difference.

I started the course around 2 or 3 months ago; the difference is already UNBELIEVABLE, and I’m not completely done yet so I know there is so much further I can go! It makes me feel sad watching the videos and reading the online `support’ groups I used to fixate on where sufferers and psychiatrists tell people you just have to learn to `live with it’, because the reality is that with Thrive you can completely get rid of emetophobia!

I haven’t told many people about my emeto (not even my Mum until recently, I had become so good at hiding it) or about the book, but everybody is raving about how different I suddenly am 🙂 I feel happy, calm, confident, and powerful in my own destiny, for the first time in… well… ever, probably!! I have rediscovered a love of food again (much to the detriment of my bank balance seeing as half my outfits from my emeto days no longer fit me!), have completely stopped the panic-drinking, and I am even signing up to do a 10k run in September! Hilariously, I actually hate running… but I wanted the personal challenge of training for something and achieving it. The world is my oyster and I wake up each day feeling so grateful for my life and for the day(s) ahead, but especially for buying this book and putting in the hard work (it IS hard work at first!!) to get myself better. You really have to put in the hard graft, and at times it will be really tough, but it is so utterly, totally worth it.

I just can’t put into words how completely different my life is now, all thanks to this life-changing book. I barely ever even think about vomit anymore, my safety-seeking behaviours and anxieties are almost completely gone, and today (as an example) I got through an entire working day in a good mood, getting on with my work, snacking and eating regular meals, drinking lots of water; and suddenly it got to 6pm and I realised I’d gotten through an entire working day without even THINKING about vomit, and eating food calmly and on autopilot, etc. And this is not a rare occurrence, this is my stress-free, positivity-filled life now! I am so so proud, and RELIEVED, that I am finally getting over it! I’m not completely finished yet, but given how I feel now I am excited to see how much further I can go by carrying on! So if you’re suffering with this horrible, destructive, life-debilitating phobia; buy this book 🙂 It’s the best £25 you’ll ever spend. I promise.

Rob; I couldn’t have got to where I am without you and your revolutionary book, and I will be forever grateful for everything you have done to set me on the path to a fulfilling and happy life. THANK YOU 🙂 Lisa


I am writing this review after completing this and i cannot emphasise how GLAD I am that i came across this book. It opens up your eyes to what is really behind your fear and that is YOUR control on your own thoughts. It guides you step by step to realise how you can completely change your life just through your thinking patterns. It was hard work at first, but through this book and some guided thrive sessions, I managed to be free from emetophobia. I highly recommend this book for those who want to get rid of this fear, or just to gain more self esteem and confidence in general. This book will definitely guide you to a better life and to ultimately thrive.
Priya Rajani


I’m half way through it and I can feel and see a difference already. An excellent and well written book by a man who understands emetophobia. Moana


At first when I read the first few chapters I felt skeptical, because it is hard to believe a book can cure a fear, but if you work your hardest, and follow all actions and exercises then you will overcome it 😀 . In addition you will have control over your mind in terms of stress, anxiety, negativity, worrying, hypervigiliance etc. Having all of these qualities really does make living the best thing ever! I never felt so happy destroying this fear! Callum


I am delighted to say I have just finished this book with my Thrive Consultant. I found this book a tremendous help into how I now live my life. I have did suffer with emetophobia for the past 11years and I honestly believed it was something I would have for the rest of my life.. How wrong was I?
My wife found Rob Kelly Thrive programme on the internet, after watching his seminar on YouTube, we contacted a thrive consultant the very next day. Within a week I was starting my thrive programme and was on the road of getting my life back without the fear of emetophobia.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who currently suffers from this phobia. This book has changed my life for the better, it is so easy to read. I have acquired so much more confident, from the techniques that I learned in the book. Every day is so much more positive and I will continue to Thrive. But what I will say, this isn’t a magical book which will make your fears & phobias disappear overnight, you have to put in the work, once you do it HAPPY DAYS from now on. Tony


I have to thank this Rob Kelly so much for this book.
Aged 21, Emetopbobia was testing every aspect of my life and I’m so glad to have put that behind me! It truly does prove that your mind is capable of extraordinary things, including creating fear and anxiety. After reading the book and learning more about how my mind works I am able to laugh in the face of vomit! Pahaha! Tess Edwards


Let me start by saying that I have suffered from emetophobia for as long as I can remember and it has affected every single aspect of my life. After having CBT which had little effect, I had given up hoping for a cure and I managed as best as I could. I saw this book recommended on a support website and while it was pricey, I thought that I would give it a go, what did I have to lose? So I bought the book and set aside a little bit of time each day to do one chapter. I won’t lie, it was hard work which took a while to do, and I didn’t understand all of it, but I did every single exercise, even when I didn’t think they would help. All of what the book said about the phobia made perfect sense, but I struggled to think I could change my way of thinking. I finished the book and was very disappointed when I put it down and felt no better.I didn’t feel like my phobia was gone, and I still felt panicky in day-to-day life, so I carried on doing the exercises (such as the write positive things one).

Yesterday, while I was at work, a young girl came into the shop and was ill right in front of me. My worst nightmare. The very few times in life that I have seen this I’ve had a complete meltdown which has taken me weeks to recover from. This was the first time I had seen it since finishing the book. As it happened, I expected to have a public meltdown at work, but instead nothing happened. I had no physical reaction to it, I wasn’t shaky, or sweaty, or ill. I just didn’t feel any fear. I didn’t even consciously put any effort into stopping myself panicking, I just didn’t feel anything. I even got the girl a glass of water and stood with her, even at the risk of her being ill again. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of myself in my life. Nor do I think that this would have happened if I hadn’t read this book.

So while at the time of reading, I didn’t feel as if it had helped, doing the exercises and going through the books, must have had a subconscious effect on me, because for the first time in my life, I wasn’t scared. I coped with my worst nightmare (which I didn’t think would ever, ever happen) and am going on a plane for the first time in 12 years next month, I think it’s safe to say, while you have to put a lot of work in, this book can actually change your life. I was very sceptical but could not be happier with the results. I don’t know how Rob Kelly does it, but I’m certainly not complaining. I would recommend this to anyone suffering with emetophobia, even if just to try it, nothing has helped me as much as the book did! Michelle


I have cured myself from emetophobia using this incredible book. I am no longer shackled to a secret, debilitating phobia that I allowed to destroy my life.

I suffered with emetophobia from the age of 9 and I am now 36, I avoided any school trips, I rarely ate out and when I did was very choosy what I ate, everything had to be cremated and I wouldn’t go near sea-food. I avoided anyone who was ill, was obsessive about carrying around hand jel everywhere I went, always checking sell by dates on food, I never shared drinks with anyone, knives and forks or toothbrushes because of the intense fear I may catch something. Obsessive with cleanliness, and would never watch hospital programmes or films where I may see someone ill. The most destroying part was I never had children because I was petrified of having morning sickness and felt I would be a terrible mother if I couldn’t take care of a poorly child. Emetophobia controlled every aspect of my life.

Then in October last year my life changed in ways I never thought possible. I purchased this book and couldn’t put it down, it was as if the book was written about me, for me. This book is a training programme and you have to take your time to read through the chapters, understand the concepts and do all the exercises. I studied the book for about 6 weeks and within two weeks I already felt different, more confident and relaxed and before xmas I was ill and dealt with it fine, that was my realisation that this book had changed my life. I didn’t panic, just put into practice what I had learnt and after I was ill I felt so proud of myself. Since then I have been around a family member who was also poorly, I kept calm and knew I could deal with it, I don’t carry hand jel anywhere and I can’t wait to try all different types of food. I now feel free, liberated and that I can conquer anything, I feel I have been given a second chance at life.

This book has changed my life in so many ways that I now want to help and support others cure themselves of emetophobia and so I am currently training to become a thrive therapist and this month I attended the National Emetophobia Awareness Day in London. I gave a presentation and you can view my story via the following link:- […].

Life is so short and precious and it’s not a rehersal, please don’t waste any more time being shackled to this phobia, please buy this book so you can live a fulfilling happy life you deserve to have. Sarah Burton


I just felt the need to scream and shout about this!!

I suffered for years and years from what I now understand to be emetophobia.
Not even realising anybody else suffered from it and thought that I was the only one!

Life was like prison for me, I avoided anything and everything that reminded me of anything to do with being sick, the fact that I can even write about it is a big achievement and testament to the consultants ability to make me realise why and how I found myself in that hell hole of a life I was in.

I now realise that although I was living my life in a constant state of acute anxiety and fear, not by(conscious)choice, that I had the power to choose not to be.

In fact one of the more difficult things to get over through this training course has been getting used to living without all the fear as I could not imagine life without it for so many years.

I would like to thank Rob Kelly from the bottom of my heart for showing me the way to change my life and can not recommend this book enough to anyone who has suffered like me.  Stacie


I recently finished working through this book with a thrive consultant. I was plagued by periods of excessive vomiting usually following a sore throat whereby I would vomit about 5 times an hour for up to 48 hours. Unsurprisingly this left me extremely fearful of sore throats/sickness bugs I found out about the thrive program online and thought I would give it a go. The book is very well written, Rob completely understands why a person is emetophobic and how you can make simple changes to your thinking and cure your problem. Although the changes you need to make are simple they do require a determined effort every day, but for me the results were amazing. During the program I got a sore throat and I managed to stop myself from having a vomiting episode. In addition to this I am a more confident and positive person with much higher self esteem. Defiantly recommend! DH


Same old story. I have spent thousands of pounds on lots of therapies over the years. The most I have ever been promised is, ‘overcome’ your emetophobia. Note that this book actually states, ‘Cure’ your emetophobia. Like most people I was sceptic. Also, I was desperate and would try anything. I have been through, CBT, Hypnotherapy, exposure therapy, EMDR therapy, relaxation etc etc. I have bought every CD/book that has ever come on the market (not many) and visited every website on the subject (which I have to say are unhelpful and just make you co-dependent).
Stop all that now. Just buy this book, it really, really makes life changing differences. However, there is a catch and some conditions. You actually have to put in the work and do the exercises. How else are you going to cure something that has been with you since you were 8 years old? Do the work, do the exercises and keep practising them. Never stop practising them and you will be free of this life-consuming phobia that is far more common than you may think. Bob


I know many people read these reviews and be sceptical (I know because I was) but if you work through this book, especially if you go through it with one of the consultants, it will change your life.
I suffered with ’emetophobia’ and anxiety since I can remember (I’m currently 26) and in the new year I made a resolution that I would try and find something that could help me overcome it and after looking online I came across the thrive programme and after doing as much research as I could into it, I decided to call my local consultant and give it a go and I have had 5 sessions and my life has changed completely. I am more confident and things are still getting better everyday, it is challenging but in a good way and you learn so much about who you are as a person.
One thing I will say is that you have to motivated and really want to change, because it is only YOU that can change yourself. Paul


I suffered with emetophobia for years, as long as I can remember. I decided to seek help when i realised just how much it was interfering in my day to day life. I bought this book and also saw a therapist to help me along the way. After 5 sessions and completing this book I feel so so much better. its hard work and only you can change but if you are prepared to put in the effort you will do it.
I would say I’m 80% cured which is amazing,I never thought I would feel this way. I know I will get to 100% in time, its a work in progress. You have to keep at it, using all the techniques in the book.
buy this book if you have a fear of sick and take the time to work though it. if you can afford to see a therapist alongside it then do but I think the book alone would do you the world of good too. Lola


I bought this book and would say I had severe emetophobia. It ruled my life, my relationships, everything, but since I have completed thrive, I am a different person. I go out alone, go on the train alone which I never would have done, my emetophobia has dropped from 150% ruling my life to 25% and I will deal with the last 25% as I know how to change my thinking. I would
Recommend anybody to buy this book, it will change your life for the better! I met my therapist danny nuttal for 4 sessions alon with reading the book and it was the best thing I ever done. He helped me understand everything I couldn’t, he helped me to thrive! Excellent. Laura


I brought this book a few months ago and attended Thrive sessions with a local Thrive consultant and I have got to say it has been the best decision I have ever made!
A bit about me: I gave myself this fear of being sick at about 4 or 5 and struggled with it up until I was 24, it rulled every single thought that i had throughout every day. I couldn’t fly, travel on boats, be around kids, have kids myself, drink alcohol, the list is endless. I had severe anxiety which made me feel sick almost every day, i limited eating and struggled with sleeping. But with Thrive i was given the skills to overcome these and was taught how to manage my thoughts.
When i first read about this i was very sceptical, i definitely didn’t believe a self help therapy would ever help me,i honestly thought i was going to be stuck with this fear and that i would just have to put up with it.
I would recommend this book to anyone with Emetophobia whether it is mild or severe, i would also recommend in finding a local Thrive consultant in your area to go through this book with you, i know it may seem expensive at the time but it will be the best money you have ever spent!
If you make Thrive your bible and practice it everyday, it will give you the freedom to live your life how ever you want and do all the things you thought you couldn’t – just like me :).
The book is easy to read and talks you through everything step by step and also has some light humour which kept me smiling! It also has articles and the evidence to back all his claims.
Please please give this book a try you won’t be dissapointed.
Rob Kelly – Thank You for writing this book, what a life saver! Hayley


The thrive programme is excellent since doing it I have seen a change in my life for the better. I was no longer doing things I loved such as going on holiday with a fear someone would get sick near me. I worried all the time about someone else being sick. I no longer worry. I realise now it was how I was thinking that was the problem thrive helped me so much. I worked with a thrive consultant which was very helpful for me because they helped me realise the way I was thinking was wrong and challenged me


I brought this book on an impulse after my 2 year old son had had a sickness bug. I’m 30 years old and I have been afraid of sick for an long as I can remember. I was at the point on the day of purchase that I had decided not to have any more children as I just couldn’t imagine having to be responsible for another child with sickness. I finished the book quickly as I just felt like I had to keep reading which if you knew me personally you would know that I’m not a big reader so rarely get through a book. I can honestly say that when I was reading the book a laughed and cried it was a total explanation for my life so far. It is amazing. The techniques and actions are easy to follow, insightful and straight forward. I have taken off my tinted glasses and look at the world through completely different eyes. I’m working every day trough the exercises and actions and I KNOW I can do it. Thank you so very very much for giving me a life again. Rachel Proudman


 

When I found this book, I was a bit taken aback at the huge amount of five-star reviews. I have just finished reading it (for the first time, and will be rereading it many times more) and the first thing I had to do was add my review as well so people know that all these ratings are 100% genuine.

I’ve been severely emetophobic for 20 years, with the phobia starting when I was a child. I effectively have no memories of how it feels to live or think ‘non-phobically’. I’ve tried talking therapy, EMDR, CBT, exposure, relaxation tapes, countless books on overcoming anxiety/worry/depression in an attempt to beat this fear. Most had little or no effect, with exception of exposure therapy. After exposure therapy I improved quite a bit but it still felt there was something ‘deep rooted’ that hadn’t been taken care of.

I think the biggest issue with traditional therapies is that they were far too focused SPECIFICALLY only on vomit. What makes this book truly remarkable is that it doesn’t focus on the specific thing, but rather the negative thinking styles that perpetuate the fear. Most of the book is about you becoming aware of your own thoughts and behaviour in relation to your personality. The concept of “locus of control” is a true revelation. Once you grasp all the ideas in this book, it feels like a switch has been flicked inside and you realise recovery truly becomes possible.

Another feature of the book is that it wholeheartedly tells you that you can get over your fear (but backed with scientific evidence, so it’s not a wishy-washy esoteric The Secret style thing). Virtually all other books on anxiety and depression leave you more helpless because you begin to understand all the reasons why your thinking is wrong, yet confronted with medicalised terms and diagnoses makes your fear even bigger and more impossible to tackle.

I find it particularly refreshing that Rob Kelly implies lots of sick people ‘wallow’ in their diagnosis (CFS, ME, addiction etc) and believe that they have no more control over what happens to their health. It’s an uncomfortable truth to confront, and people who are not prepared to get better will probably be freaking out on their support forums or youtube channels, but this is a vital turning point for finding the belief you can rewire your mind for good. (For the record, I personally live with a potentially serious physical illness requiring indefinite 3-month health checks, and I’ve always felt repelled by the ‘woe is me’ attitude that many patients perpetuate in online forums and groups).

I’m just at the beginning of using all the techniques learned in this book in my daily life so I’m far from cured yet. But as proof of its effectiveness, I applied the ‘locus of control’ way of thinking whilst watching exposure videos and was able to breeze through the most graphic ones without a single pang of anxiety. When doing exposure therapy, it would take a lot of relaxation exercise and repeated watching (often 30 minutes) before my anxiety could be lowered. And even with all the effort, I still got that little ‘jump’ of anxiety right before the moment when someone would be sick if I came back to video I haven’t watched for a while. All this was GONE when I watched the videos whilst using Rob’s Thrive techniques.

The book does say that you can be cured of emetophobia without doing exposure at all, but I personally think a combination of the two is most beneficial. Just getting used to the sight and sound of vomiting takes you closer to believing that you can ‘tolerate it happening’ instead of ‘not being able to cope’ which is one of the core theories in the book. And I can also attest that using the techniques here will lessen your anxiety, thus making exposure therapy far easier than with traditional relaxation/CBT techniques.

So in conclusion, thank you Rob for giving me real hope that can reach that happy place on the road full of potholes (this is an illustration in the book :P). Once I am completely rid of this fear, I really hope I will be able to meet you in person to express my gratitude! London Girl


I’ve just finished this book and I can say it’s the best £20 I’ve spent! the book is so practical. Rob (the author) gives examples of what a sufferer may experience in a difficult situation. He also explains what we think,say and do when it comes to our phobia and I gotta say he is so right when he explains things!am reading it saying to myself oh my god that’s me!thats what I do. It’s pretty expensive for a book but you will always have it and you can always refer back to it. I am now going to start reading it again to enjoy the experience again. Kirsty


 

Firstly, I just want to stress that I am in no way anything to do with Rob Kelly (althought I would like to be as I believe he is probably a great person to be around if you suffer from a fear of being sick.). I have no other reviews on here as there aren’t many things you can buy on Amazon which change your life, and it takes something pretty life changing for me to bother to write a review.

Anyway, if you have a fear of being sick then this book is 100% worth a try. £20 would get you maybe half an hour of CBT OR this book. I would buy this book every single day of the week. I have had CBT before, seroxat, citalopram, hypnosis but nothing really seemed to work for me (CBT did help but only for a couple of years and it took months to get reffered and 10 weeks of therapy). Before I recevied the book 7 days ago, I was having panic atacks everyday and finding it nearly impossible to even do my shopping because of feeling so trapped/panicky. I am 3/4 of the way through the book now and I feel SO much better. I wouldn’t say that I am 100% cured but I feel as though I can go back to living a relatively ‘normal’ life and that I have control over what happens to me rather than believing that anxiety happens to me.

PLEASE GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY. The none emetophobia one I imagine would be fantastic for anyone with any anxiety or psychological problems because it helps you gain the control that you desperately want.


I can’t recommend this book enough! I bought it on a whim a few months ago after pretty much giving up hope that I would ever get my emetophobia under control.
I missed Christmas with my family because one of my parents came down with the winter vomiting virus, I wouldn’t go near them so I spent Christmas alone in my house.
When I started reading this book, I started to feel more and more empowered, the more I learn about belief systems, did the exercises and learnt how to control my thinking. It was an absolute revelation. I can safely say that my emetophobia is now behind me. I have become much more confident (in fact I just got a new job- one I wouldn’t have even TRIED to go for before) because I don’t constantly live in fear, I have completely changed my approach to life! Thank you Thrive!! Jason Moran


 

First of all my ED problem is solved. I still need to practise a bit  but that’s OK. It’s not a problem for me anymore. Now I control it!  Secondly, I’m sure you noticed that looking at the whole Thrive programme was much more interesting for me than just looking at one specific problem. So I am very grateful that I found you and the Thrive programme!   If you want to, you can tell Mr. Kelly that his book is interesting. But you are amazing.
Reading the book made me think, but after each of your sessions, my mind was spinning, trying to remember every single word and full of new ideas and ways to look at the world. There hasn’t been a day since, that something you taught me does not pop up in my mind more than once, and helps guiding me. And I am sure that this will continue for the next many years.  So thank you so much for not just solving my problem but for giving me new personal powers to deal with so much more! Having been through your sessions will help me develop as a person bot personally, socially and professionally more than any book or course or person would be able to do. Thanks!
Mike, treatment for erectile dysfunction


THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. My words are inadequate in expressing how grateful I am that Rob wrote the Thrive book for emetophobes. It is life-changing in the purest sense of the word. I must write to him and thank him. I went for my first meal out in 9-10 years on Tuesday this week! I was a little nervous beforehand, but I was fine once the food arrived and it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience (AND actually, I’ve just realised I didn’t brood much at all about being sick from it. I did think about it once or twice, but not obsessively like I’d have done before Thrive)!  I feel very grateful to you, Rob and Thrive for getting me to this point and proud of myself for overcoming what’s been such a huge hurdle. I feel so much more confident in eating out now. It feels quite remarkable really!
My social anxiety has reduced massively, so I’m now networking, making friends, spending time with people more and today I have a business meeting to discuss paid creative work! I’ve been collaborating with other creatives and this has really boosted my confidence, helped me make connections and is opening up more opportunities. So all in all, I’m very happy and feel our sessions are a huge part of that. I mention how brilliant Thrive has been to me whenever I meet someone who I think may find it useful. I mention what a fantastic support and help you are too.
Lorraine, treatment for emetophobia with Thrive Programme


Put in the effort and it will work. I was very sceptical when I first heard about the Thrive Programme if I am going to be honest. Since I could remember I had always had a fear of being sick and others being sick in front of me. I really wanted to overcome my fear and tried everything I could think of. I just couldn’t believe that this programme would work on me, I felt alone and stuck with my condition but I thought I might as well try it, nothing else so far had worked. I always felt that my emetophobia had controlled my life for all these past years but I was wrong. The only thing which made me have this phobia was myself.

You will look at your life in a completely different light. Everything you learn is relatively basic but not obvious to someone which such a phobiaThe more effort you put into this course, the more you will get out of it. I would like to publicly thank one of the consultants that I saw, Cara who demonstrated all this and has taught me all I know today. My life is so much better now than it was. I am able to go out with friends on a night out, use public bathrooms without fear and watch movies in the cinema without friends vetting them first. I promise if you buy this book you will not regret it.
Emma’s Amazon review, treated for emetophobia


About 12 years ago I developed an eating disorder around the time I was studying for my A levels. From then onwards things became progressively worse; depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem and body dysmorphia. Following the advice of my doctor I tried various therapies and antidepressants in my early 20s, however these were unsuccessful and I eventually gave up on finding a solution. I felt completely powerless to change how I was feeling.

More recently, a friend suggested that I book an appointment with Cara, who I cannot recommend enough! Cara is very easy to talk to and helped me feel comfortable discussing difficult issues. Cara was very patient with me and helped me to see just how detrimental my unhelpful beliefs and thinking styles were; I was creating and maintaining the feelings of depression and anxiety myself, and this could be changed. I slowly began to see that being happy was something that I did have control over, but it just hadn’t felt like it previously as my negative thoughts had become so automatic. Cara showed me how to work through the exercises in the Thrive book, and when I made a very conscious and determined effort continually over a six week period to work throug h these I began to see a huge improvement.

Once I saw the beneficial effects of applying the techniques I became even more determined to carry on working through the book and I now feel like a completely different person. Prior to completing the Thrive course I hadn’t believed that I would ever be totally free of the feelings of anxiousness and the persistent negative thoughts, but they are now completely gone and I am finally able to relax and feel happy for the first time in years. I am confident that I will never return to the way I was before as I have completely changed the way I think, and I can’t even remember what it felt like to be so unhappy! Cara has helped me to completely change my life and I couldn’t be more grateful….thank you.
Zoe, 30 , help with anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia


I saw Cara for 5 sessions mainly to help with my emetophobia but also some other more general issues too. I started going to work through the book on my own, but felt that seeing a therapist would help me to understand it in more detail. I cant recommend both Thrive and Cara enough! With regards to Thrive, I just wish I had discovered it sooner! It makes total sense and once you master how to manage your thinking, and how damaging some thinking ‘styles’ are, you will feel so much better. Its hard work and only you can do it, but if you put in the effort you will see results really quickly.

I feel so much happier now and in control of my life. I’m glad I choose to work through Thrive with Cara. I loved her approach, felt very comfortable talking to her and she explained everything in a clear way. I honestly feel that it was money well spent and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend thrive and Cara to anyone struggling with any phobias or anxieties.
Penny, treated for fear of being sick


 

I cannot recommend this book enough. Like a number of comments here, I was initially cynical. In fact I was convinced that it wouldn’t work so went into it in a very negative way. However, after 2 weeks I was no longer Agoraphobic and 2 months on my life has changed completely. I don’t react to the old Emetophobia triggers. I no longer think about it all day everyday. I am no longer in constant fear. I now laugh and smile and measure my life by how much I laugh rather than what I ‘can’t’ do. It gave me my life back. To me, it is the miracle cure but it obviously won’t do the work for you. You have to work at the techniques everyday. I will never look back now and intend to enjoy my life to the full after nearly 40 years of Emetophobia. Since undertaking the course, I have now been able to take my son to the doctors for a vaccination which would have been impossible before hand, start driving again, go out the house, eat out, cope with feeling sick and even laugh at it!. I am happy to answer any questions on my experiences of the book / program. I don’t have an axe to grind, I don’t earn anything from the books etc. However, it has changed my life so much I am going to train as a Thrive Practitioner!!! You don’t have to live with Emetophobia, I had tried everything (CBT, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Exposure Therapy etc.). You have nothing to lose other than your fear. KVS


This book gives an excellent explanation and insight into why someone has emetophobia. Working through the book gradually increases confidence that this is not an inevitable way to be and by following the advice you WILL be able to overcome the fear and live a normal, happy life. Mikey


I brought this book a few months ago and attended Thrive sessions with a local Thrive consultant and I have got to say it has been the best decision I have ever made!
A bit about me: I gave myself this fear of being sick at about 4 or 5 and struggled with it up until I was 24, it rulled every single thought that i had throughout every day. I couldn’t fly, travel on boats, be around kids, have kids myself, drink alcohol, the list is endless. I had severe anxiety which made me feel sick almost every day, i limited eating and struggled with sleeping. But with Thrive i was given the skills to overcome these and was taught how to manage my thoughts.
When i first read about this i was very sceptical, i definitely didn’t believe a self help therapy would ever help me,i honestly thought i was going to be stuck with this fear and that i would just have to put up with it.
I would recommend this book to anyone with Emetophobia whether it is mild or severe, i would also recommend in finding a local Thrive consultant in your area to go through this book with you, i know it may seem expensive at the time but it will be the best money you have ever spent!
If you make Thrive your bible and practice it everyday, it will give you the freedom to live your life how ever you want and do all the things you thought you couldn’t – just like me :).
The book is easy to read and talks you through everything step by step and also has some light humour which kept me smiling! It also has articles and the evidence to back all his claims.
Please please give this book a try you won’t be disappointed. Rob Kelly – Thank You for writing this book, what a life saver! Hayley


 

My husband bought this book recently from a Thrive consultant of Rob Kelly’s he decided to see for help with his emetophobia. He’s suffered with Emetophobia almost all his life, I can hardly believe the change in him, he’s completely gotten over his phobia, if you suffer with this phobia you’ll know this is amazing. Not just that, his whole outlook on life has totally changed for the better. All this in just a few short weeks, the truth is it’s totally changed both our lives, we can go out and just have a good time without him worrying he’ll see someone being sick or he will be sick. If you suffer with this phobia, this is the self help book for you. Sue B


Once I started reading this book I began to see that it made sense in a way no other books or treatments had done. You find that it is your own beliefs and thought processes that cause your phobia. You are shown how to discover where your beliefs are stopping you from leading a happy, confident life. You are given exercises to do that will help you change your negative beliefs into more positive, empowering beliefs. It is essential that you read the whole book and do all the exercises. If you really stick at it, go back and repeat bits if necessary, you will not only cure your emetophobia but will find other areas of your life improve.

I had emetophobia for 75 years – yes 75 years! I’m now free from this debilitating phobia and “Thriving”. My biggest regret? That this book was not around when I was much younger! Thank you Rob for helping me to really enjoy what is left of my life.

Since writing this review I have made a video testimonial as well – which you can view on www.emetophobia.co.uk. Mary


Having had emetophobia for 10 years and trying all sorts to try and get over it. Nothing helped. I only learned how to cope with it and to live a relatively normal life alongside my fear. I decided this wasn’t enough over Christmas this year and decided to buy this book. Before I started it I watched the emetophobia awareness seminar by Rob Kelly on youtube. I knew right then and there that this bloke knew his stuff. He knew more about emetophobia that any doctor or therapist I had seen before. He has done such extensive research into this phobia I was utterly astounded at the detail that the book goes into.

Within just 2 or 3 chapters of the book I knew it was going to help and I truely felt hope for the first time in years. It all made sense and everything starting clicking. This isn’t a quick read, treat the book as a project, there’s exercises and tasks you need to do throughout it and you need to maintain everything you’ve been learning every day. I’d advise buying a note book alongside this book to really take notes to get the most out of it.

I was someone who was so terrified of being sick – if someone told me I had to take a pill that would make me sick or I was going to die I wouldn’t have taken the pill. Now this statement just seems ridiculous to me now. Now I am more confident in my ability to deal with being sick or seeing someone else be sick if it was to happen. And now my life doesn’t revolve around it.

The bonus of this book, that I hadn’t expected, is that not only did it get rid of my phobia once and for all but I feel like a more confident, happy person, and i’m thinking more positively about the future in all areas of my life.

I wish I had discovered this book when it first came out but I am so glad it is here to help all emetophobes get over this life crippling phobia. It really is just awful to have to deal with. There is hope for you too, buy the book, speak to a consultant, pop over to their facebook page for advice etc. Just don’t suffer in silence. There is hope! Katie G


Seems that most emetophobes are skeptical of anything advertised as a cure, and I was no exception. After CBT a few years ago, and another desperate visit to my GP for more advise last summer, it seemed there was no hope.
I decided to embark on some internet based research, which led me to hypnotherapy, which then led me to Rob Kelly’s Thrive website. I booked an appointment with one of the Thrive consultants and never looked back!

I gained so much insight in to phobias and other anxiety based disorders, and learned an awful lot about myself (which was not always pleasing at the time). But I cannot express how much this book has helped me in general in my day-to-day life. Not only is my emetophobia so much better (it takes continued daily effort over prolonged period of time) but I am more confident, my IBS has practically disappeared and I can control obsessing thinking and anxiety so much better.

Be under no illusions – reading this book will not cure you. The process is hard work, takes a lot of effort and you have to be willing to change, assess yourself and work hard on the exercises daily, even after you have finished the book. But that’s why it works – you are making changes for life. JPro


After 40 years of debilitating emetophobia I came across Thrive out of sheer desperation. My life was becoming narrower and my behaviours more and more restrictive to the point where it really was all I could think about each and every minute of every day!! I found it so frustrating that I could not find a way out of the misery that I knew I was creating for myself. The Thrive program was truly life changing for me, I worked through it initially on my own and then had 2 sessions with an amazing Thrive consultant called Lucy Williamson who helped me to really clarify what I was learning about myself. The program takes consistant effort but it is so worth it!! I feel free for the first time ever, and can start living again without the terror, apprehension and unease that had become an every day feeling. I am so impressed by Rob Kelly and his amazing workbook that I am about to start training as a Thrive consultant which I am very excited about. The program not only cured my emetophobia, it has changed everything about the way I see myself and the world in general. Don’t waste anymore time feeling low, it really is possible to Thrive-what have you got to lose!!! C Rogers


This book is an absolute must for anyone suffering with a fear of being sick, or for anyone living with someone with this fear.
My daughter has spent the last 11 years totally consumed with the fear of being sick, Over the years she has seen psychologists, psychiatrists, hypnotherapists (none of which helped as they didn’t seem to really understand emetophobia) Only now, at the age of 17 has she really began to grasp why she has this fear and how she has the ability to change thanks to this amazing book.
As a Mum, reading this book really helped me understand how I unknowingly helped my daughter to maintain this fear, and since my behaviour and responses to my daughter have changed, coupled with her new found knowledge from this book, she is beginning to enjoy life at last.
This book is well written, easy to understand and I would say its an absolute must for anyone with this fear to read it. JW


I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I can say hand-on-heart, it has changed my life for the better.
I’ve been emetophobic for the best part of 20 years now. I’ve tried counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and more counselling. Whilst aspects of these therapies have worked to a limited degree, Thrive has really been the main catalyst for change (alongside my own desire for change).
I’m not saying I’m “cured” – there is still work to be done and effort to be made, but I am well on my way.
To give an idea of how severe my phobia was: at certain points in my CBT experience I was having suicidal thoughts. I had days when I didn’t want to leave the house. I was terrified of speaking to people, I would panic if I was in a situation where I had to chat to someone. I lost a lot of weight, down to 6 1/4 stone, all through extreme anxiety of being sick. I don’t feel anywhere near that level of anxiety anymore. Thrive is a programme that strengthens and supports and you will undoubtedly feel more resilient as a result of reading this book and understanding your thinking better.

I went to see Cara Ostryn, had my six sessions and feel all the better for it. She is a great therapist and I would recommend her to anyone!

If you were like me and are currently unsure about Thrive, (maybe the glowing reviews are off-putting) give it a go anyway. It’s not a very expensive gamble. I read the book on my own in a week (too quickly) and saw some minimal results. A year later I read the book again with the support of sessions with Cara and my progress was significantly better. I will need to reread it again to have the support of the words in coming months as I get stronger and more capable. I have found it is an ongoing process, not a snap-your-fingers-and-you’re-sorted sort of thing. It might be for some people though! Change takes time, patience, perseverance, but it’s so worth it.

Rob Kelly knows exactly how the emetophobic mind works and he knows how to help us. Thanks Rob, if you’re reading this! 🙂


 

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