PHOBIAS: Breaking The Associations To Live Without Fear

Caterpillar phobia-1

Do you have an extreme fear of something like insects, snakes or crowds? Many people suffer chronically from these irrational fears called phobias.

I have a client, named Mary, who had suffered for 50 years from an extreme caterpillar phobia. If she came out of her house in the morning on the way to work and saw a caterpillar on the sidewalk, she would run inside extremely distraught and not be able to go on with her day. She was paralized by her fear of caterpillars and would scream at their sight.

When she first came to see me I did not even know of her phobia. As a holistic wellness practitioner I work with clients as a whole person and then zone in on specific symptoms as time goes on. The reason for this is the symptoms are the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and underlying factors have to be addressed before symptoms can be permanently eliminated.

In our first appointment I went through the various steps of my BodyFeedback Interview & Therapy and neuromuscular biofeedback protocol. Then I gave her instructions for a series of detoxifying baths which she was to do at home. At the end of the session as she was heading out the door she apparently remembered the phobia and was unable to even communicate it to me or say the word caterpillar out loud.  I really was not aware of what the issue was but told her I thought we had addressed it already with what was done that day.  She came up to me at a well-being retreat I was hosting a short time later and said “what did you do to me”? I did not know what she was talking about.  She said “you don’t understand”. That was true. She went on to tell me that she was out shopping and was going through a stack of books on a table when she came to one with a caterpillar on the cover. She said “nothing happened”.  Again I was confused because up until then I was not even told or aware of the caterpillar phobia.  She went on to say that up until that moment whenever she saw a caterpillar or even a picture of one she would have been paralyzed with fear and then screamed and ran as far away as possible. She was in shock that ‘nothing happened’.  There was absolutely no fear or triggering of any kind.

In summary, although I did not specific address the ‘caterpillar  phobia’ symptom on our first session, the BodyFeedback Interview & Therapy broke the association and neutralized the trigger – completely eliminating her phobia.  She has since been able to touch a real caterpillar without any kind of triggering.

Consider a BodyFeeback Interview & Therapy session to help you achieve ‘symptom free status’ so that you can get on with really living your life.

You can read my client Mary’s explain her phobia free status below.

 “I know it has been about 4 years but I am still in disbelief that I no longer have a caterpillar phobia that had such a devastating impact on my life for over 50 years.  I see them everywhere and just yesterday when I opened the green garbage bin in the garage it was crawling with maggots!  That would send anyone into a shrieking frenzy never mind what it should have done to a phobic.  I looked in disgust, closed the lid and wheeled it to the curb.  I am truly in awe. I have learned that when I feel not right, something is wrong and if I take the time to think about it I realize it was something I ate or some product I came in contact with.  I listen to my body, which I think has become highly sensitive to toxins and reacts as if to warn me.  My liver especially sends messages and just dandelion tea helps.  I am most grateful in how you have taught me to treat the cause not the symptom, which has me feeling a lot better than I did 4 years ago before starting this practice.  The tapping exercises really help with anxiety and fears and add to my general well being”.

Mary C., Hamilton, Ontario

Embracing Change Poster

Mary’s comment on the upcoming EMBRACING CHANGE For A Healthier You Workshop/Retreat on  September 27 & 28, 2014.

 THIS IS A LIFE CHANGING EVENT…I’ve done it!” Mary Cordeiro

“That butterfly reminds me of the crippling caterpillar phobia I had for over 50 years. When you fear something you see them everywhere and it was so embarrassing and crippling. Thanks Elisabeth for curing me. I know you don’t want to take the credit but if I hadn’t met you I would not have been ‘cured’. I sound like a broken record but I can actually touch these creatures now and be amazed I can do that!!! If I could I would send anyone with a phobia to you.”  Mary Cordeiro

BodyFeeback Interview & Therapy can break associations and triggers responsible for chronic and unwanted symptoms (including behaviours) including allergies and intolerances. To book a consultation see the contact information. To book an appointment for allergy elimination treatments, chemical sensitivity elimination treatments or other symptom elimination treatments, including phobias see the contact information.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,,

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