No! Not CBT exposure therapy. Yes, the Thrive Programme!

My daughter has a terror of vomiting

Sometimes she wakes up in the night panicking that she is going to get sick

My nine-year-old daughter has always had a fear of vomit. She was triggered recently by a girl vomiting in her class. The next morning she wanted me to bring her brother to school first. She felt sick and was terrified she was going to vomit. She had what looked similar to a panic attack. She was physically shaking. Nothing could distract her.

Most nights before bed she feels sick, looks at the mirror and sticks her tongue out and asks, “Is my tongue white? Am I pale?” She sometimes feels sick during the day. Recently, I got a call from the principal to say she was sick and was very pale. I explained to the principal that she sometimes worries that she is going to vomit. I got on the phone to her and asked, “Is this the worry bug back again?” I explained that I had a meeting but will have my phone on, and if she still feels sick to return to the principal’s office. She returned to the class and was fine.

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After 50 years Rebecca cures her emetophobia!

My client Rebecca talks about how she cured herself of emetophobia, after trying everything, with the Thrive Programme.

 Like many of you reading this, I read the testimonials of those who had been through the Thrive programme for Emetophobia and couldn’t help but be impressed with the apparently positive results. Yeah, yeah, thought I,  but I’ve had emetophobia for 50 years and if CBT and hypnotherapy haven’t worked, how is this going to? However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I signed up to the programme with a Thrive consultant. As others say, you have to put in the work. It’s not difficult, although you will of course need to challenge your deeply held beliefs and limiting thought patterns. This is interesting as it threw me into a bit of an existential crisis – who am I, if not a manifestation of this set of beliefs and patterns of thought and behaviour I have held for the past 50 years of my life? It unlocks the mind and therefore a new way of thinking and being, so like peeling away layers of an onion, a different manifestation of thoughts and behaviour emerges. It’s curious and exciting.

If, like me, you have tried cognitive behavioural therapy, you will wonder how the Thrive programme differs from this. As far I can understand and have experienced, CBT enabled me to identify and recognise my thinking styles – black and white thinking, catastrophising, etc, but then what? Thrive is about developing the wherewithal to replace the thinking style, with a more positive and helpful way of thinking. It’s a toolkit for the mind. The exercises as part of the programme are designed to help you identify, change and reinforce your new, positive and helpful ways of thinking.

So, how has this all worked for me? I have recently finished the book and my meetings with the consultant. During the programme, I felt the shift. It is true to say that the debilitating levels of fear and anxiety around the emetophobia have reduced considerably. I have challenged myself to do things which would previously have been a complete non starter. I have noticed the impact on other areas of my life – I’m much more relaxed about work situations that would have caused me stress and anxiety, leading to nausea and even more anxiety.

I do feel I have a new lease of life. Now that the programme is over, I do have the occasional concern in the background that it might all return, but if that’s the case, it will be my choice and I know that I have everything I need to get me back on track, thanks to Thrive.

If you are thinking about this programme, just do it. What price a release from crippling fear and a life half lived? I wish I had discovered it years ago, but better late than never. Here’s to the power of the mind!

If you want to know how you can cure your emetophobia contact us now.

Mastering Emotional Intelligence Seminar/workshop

Date:20/07/2017 (09:30 – 16:30)

This one-day course will help you develop your emotional intelligence (EI) skills and enhance leadership skills for every member of staff or an individual, allowing them to therefore be more productive and profitable.

No matter what type of business you are in – part of a multinational or a sole trader or somewhere in between – and whether your business is highly automated, virtual, hardly ever meet people face to face or you are surrounded by people, clients and colleagues all day, to be highly successful and maximise your productivity research shows you need to have emotional intelligence.

The digital age is dramatically reshaping the rules for business success. The new context demands renewal of your capabilities and development of a different mindset.

The skills you gain from this course are transferable, they are not just for business but also they will enhance your personal life.

Course Outcomes:  
In this course, you’ll learn the different components of emotional intelligence at work. For example, you’ll learn how you can work effectively in teams, build cooperative relationships with your key stakeholders, exercise effective influence, handle difficult conversations, and create energy and enthusiasm to foster success.

It will help you to have a better understanding of how to make healthy choices based on the ability to identify, understand, and manage your own feelings and the feelings of others.

Really, it’s being able to understand what your emotional experience is, to be able to understand other people’s emotional experience – and then to be able to use that information to inform choices.

With EI you also be able to form positive relations with peers, bosses, senior leaders, people at all levels or your business and relevant others outside the organisation. When there is mutual trust, influence and credibility, organizational work becomes easier. (Harvard Business Review)

In this short advanced seminar, you will be taught how use emotional intelligence through presentations, discussion, fun and interactive activities.

This course will be delivered by Andrew Farquharson, who, after many years of working in education, runs his own consultancy delivering seminars, workshops on building business confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence.

Andrew has delivered training and seminars to many organisations, including Education Scotland, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, various local authorities and schools. Andrew has also delivered the Thrive Programme in, amongst other countries, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Mexico.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
40 George Street

  • 0131 221 2999

If you would like more information contact Andrew:

To register/book a place contact Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.


Leadership and the Bounce, Thrive Programme in Education

“Treat a man as a he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he shall become as he can and should be.” Goethe.

All educationalist are leaders, good and effective leadership supports and develops colleagues and learners. Asking the right questions, flexibility, empowering colleagues and learners are the hallmarks of good leadership. Effective leadership reduces anxiety and stress in colleague and learners.

Bounce, Thrive Programme in Education is a proven way to develop a growth mind-set, self-confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence. Bounce, strengthens the psychological immune system of the learner.

Good leadership, no matter at what level, enable learners, colleagues and schools to thrive. The Thrive programme allows establishments to demonstrate that they are providing opportunities to meet the individual needs of students. (GIRFEC). The Thrive Programme is a very cost effective way to raise attainment and close the educational gap by enabling more effective leadership.