Young girl overcomes emetophobia in weeks
with this simple programme!

Tilly – an 11-year-old girl from Cambridge, UK – was suffering a great deal from a horrible fear of being sick called emetophobia.

Tilly really struggled with her emetophobia at school and on social occasions

After a nasty experience when she was younger, Tilly developed this debilitating phobia and it had a very negative effect on her life. For example, she didn’t want to be around anyone who was even slightly ill for fear of encountering vomit. She missed school because of this and found it difficult to socialise.

Tilly also washed her hands a lot and used lots of hand sanitizer, even at school. Even someone coughing would causer her to panic, in-case it led to them being sick.

Even seeing her family became hard as she didn’t want to be near her younger cousins for fear of them vomiting near her. You can imagine the impact this had on family occasions and celebrations. Tilly’s mum really want to help her get over this.

So, her mum did some research online and found The Thrive Programme (see: which is the most successful and predictable cure for emetophobia. She contacted a local Thrive Consultant and began the programme, which isn’t CBT or medication.

Tilly made fast progress: “Since finishing Thrive, things have changed so much. I can go out to pubs and restaurants, don’t need my mum so much and can sleep really well. I don’t wash my hands all the time and I can now just get on with my life without being scared!”

She completed the programme with the help of a licensed Thrive Programme Consultant, who helped guide her through the exercises to ensure a successful outcome: “She was brilliant,” said Tilly.

‘Cure your emetophobia and thrive’ – the specific manual for emetophobia from The Thrive programme – is the book Tilly used to overcome her phobia. She used the specific ‘young persons edition’.

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Tilly’s mum helped support her through the programme, and she worked through the main ‘adult’ version of the emetophobia book. The Thrive Programme has helped cure emetophobia sufferers from all over the world. Why suffer on?

Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting…) and is associated with other fears and disorders, such as phagophobia (a fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders. People can fear vomiting themselves and/or others vomiting. Most individuals with emetophobia are female, with research studies revealing that 85-97% of their emetophobic participants are women (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006).

Emetophobia tends to be a severe symptom and often significantly affects sufferers’ ability to lead normal lives. People with this fear often go to great lengths to avoid encountering anything that could lead to vomiting.

It is also common for emetophobes to be very careful about food preparation, taking excessive care to check use by dates and to ensure that food is cooked properly. Many sufferers avoid dining out or eating food that has been prepared by others. Tocophobia, the fear or phobia of being or becoming pregnant, is another common problem for emetophobia sufferers, mainly to the worries about the morning sickness. As a result, many avoid becoming pregnant or terminate a pregnancy. Those who do have children can become consumed by worry about them being ill. They may feel completely unable to look after their children when they are unwell.

Many sufferers of emetophobia have unsuccessfully tried a range of treatments Veale and Lambrou (2006), for example, found that twenty-nine percent of their sample of vomit phobics had received some form of therapy for their fear, which overall they rated as largely ineffective. Veale and Lambrou (2006, p. 139) have stated that “clinicians generally regard it as challenging to treat because of high drop out or a poor response to treatment.”

In 2007 Rob Kelly – a therapist with over 25 years clinical experience – launched ‘The Thrive Programme’, which is a revolutionary psychological training programme – that people can learn at home from a book – that thousands have used to transform their lives. All the ex-emetophobics in this youtube channel used the emetophobia version of the Thrive Programme book to overcome their phobia. The book is called ‘Cure your emetophobia and thrive’ and can be found on Amazon, or direct from our website

You can download all the  research papers from our website, read hundreds of written testimonials, find out more about emetophobia, get lots of help for working through the book and find a Thrive Consultant to give you that extra insight.



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