Could a therapist REALLY cure your biggest fear? FEMAIL writer with ‘extreme’ lifelong phobia of dogs reveals results of five weekly sessions – 结果出人意料
A mother-of-one has revealed how she was able to get over her ‘paralysing’ lifelong phobia of dogs with just five weekly Zoom sessions with a therapist.
Cheralene Lavery, 从 伦敦, saw her mother badly bitten by a dog when she was a child and has been ‘terrified’ of the animals ever since.
She revealed she was so frightened she would ‘freeze’ whenever she saw a dog, defriended people if they got one as a pet and even ended relationships over it.
However she sought the help of Lauren Rosenberg, who founded Fear Busters in 2011, and promised to transform the way she interacted with dogs.
这里, she tells FEMAIL readers the startling results and explains how the experience ‘changed her life’…
Cheralene Lavery, 从伦敦, has revealed how she was able to get over her ‘paralysing’ lifelong phobia of dogs with just five weekly Zoom sessions with a therapist
The mother-of-one revealed she was so frightened she would ‘freeze’ whenever she saw a dog, defriended people if they got one as a pet and even ended relationships over it
‘For many people spending time with dogs is a joy, but more people than you think have cynophobia- a persistent, debilitating condition caused by an extreme fear of dogs.
‘It’s believed around 1 在 20 people are affected by this and I’m one of them.
‘I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been terrified of dogs. I think it stems back to my mother being badly bitten in front of me when I was a toddler.
‘This experience has led to me either freezing if I see a dog, or fleeing where I am.
However she sought the help of Lauren Rosenberg, who founded Fear Busters in 2011, and promised to transform the way she interacted with dogs
‘I’ve defriended people if they get one and even ended relationships over it.
‘My reactions have always been extreme, but I’ve found them even harder to control recently as we’re all spending more time outside and living through a post-pandemic puppy boom.
‘Dog owners constantly tell me to “not panic” because their dog is “harmless” and the logical part of my brain knows this is true, but unfortunately fears are not logical and this doesn’t help me one iota.
‘Other people tell me to stroke their dog to get over my phobia, but what they can’t feel is the rising panic inside me and the way my brain is telling me to run whenever a dog is near.
‘My partner has accepted he won’t ever be able to have a dog because of my fear- even though he would love one.
Chearlene revealed how dog owners constantly told her to ‘not panic’ because their dog was ‘harmless’ – but said this didn’t help with her phobia
Despite Cheralene being initially sceptical of how much Lauren could help her, it wasn’t long before she was using techniques in her real life
‘I also have a little boy who wants to stroke every “doggy”, but can’t because I won’t let him go near them.
‘I’ve made him leave the park, the beach, the farm because a dog’s got too close. It’s no way to live and something needs to change before I pass my phobia on to him.
‘Luckily help could be at hand in the form of Lauren Rosenberg, a London-based therapist.
‘Her website describes how she has a near 100 per cent success rate in helping clients overcome cynophobia – using holistic therapies and a method called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
She said her young son wanted to stroke ‘every doggy’ but was unable to because she ‘wouldn’t go near them’
‘Even though Lauren’s reviews were so positive I was still sceptical ahead of the first session because I wasn’t wholly convinced anything could help.
'加, post-pandemic Lauren leads her sessions over Zoom and I wasn’t sure something that was now online could make any difference. How wrong I was!
‘Lauren instantly put me at ease because she creates a safe space where you have the freedom to talk openly and address your fear.
‘One of the first things I was asked to do was draw a tree. Mine was small and floated in the middle of the page.
有望消除您的创伤的奇异疗法: 哈里王子喜爱的 NHS 批准的 EMDR 疗法使用手拍和眼球运动来“处理不好的记忆”’ 包括 Mel B 和 Jameela Jamil 在内的明星发誓它“挽救了他们的生命”’
但是 EMDR, which Prince Harry praised for helping him process his past, has a host of celebrity fans from Kate Garraway to Mel B and Jameela Jamil who claim it quite literally saved their lives after suffering PTSD.
EMDR的原理, 它代表眼动脱敏和再加工, is that the mind can heal from trauma by using external stimuli to help the brain process the traumatic experience and facilitate healing.
专家将其与从伤口中取出异物以帮助其愈合的物理做法进行了比较, 在英国, EMDR 被美国国家健康与护理卓越研究所认可为治疗 PTSD 的方法 (好的) and is offered on the NHS.
会议期间, 客户将被要求在他们的脑海中保留记忆的不同方面. 然后鼓励他们用眼睛跟踪治疗师的手在客户的视野中来回移动, 或敲他们的手.
研究已将这些过程与涉及快速眼球运动的生物机制联系起来 (快速眼动) 睡觉, 带出内部联想，帮助人们处理记忆和不安的感觉.
Prince Harry was seen closing his eyes and tapping his chest during a therapy session via videolink with Sanja Oakley, 英国心理治疗师, 在他非凡的新 Apple TV+ 节目中播出.
Some believe the eye movements allow you to process memory in the same way as Rapid Eye Movement (快速眼动) 睡觉, when you dream but your eyes flick around.
When asleep you can’t decide to focus on one event but when you’re awake and flicking them around you’re more in control.
会话看到使用的眼球运动, 客户要求在他们的脑海中保留记忆的不同方面. 然后鼓励他们用眼睛跟踪治疗师的手在客户的视野中来回移动.
研究已将此与快速眼球运动所涉及的生物学机制联系起来 (快速眼动) 睡觉, 带出内部联想，帮助客户处理记忆和不安的感觉.
然后，这旨在帮助客户得出结论，EMDR 疗法使他们感到从体验中获得了力量, 伤口闭合并变形.
多于 100,000 据说世界各地的临床医生都使用过这种疗法, 过去有数百万人接受过它的治疗 25 年份.
‘It had quite symmetrical green loose leaves, a brown trunk and sporadic roots.
‘It turns out that amongst other things it showed I’m someone who likes to be in control.
‘No wonder I struggle so much with my phobia because it makes me feel completely out of control.
‘I didn’t realise at the time that Lauren would ask me to redraw this after 5 会话- what a change I saw.
‘My tree was bigger and rooted to the ground. It had big green leaves, a blue sky overhead with a bright yellow sun and birds flying around it.
‘Until then I hadn’t realised a picture can show how your mindset has changed, but this certainly did.
‘You’re probably wondering how 5 weeks of sessions led to me feeling completely different.
‘In brief, me and Lauren spoke about my phobia, how I believed it started and my past experiences.
‘She taught me EFT- the technique Prince Harry used when he was having therapy in the recent Apple TV documentary.
‘This involves tapping specific points on the body, mainly the head and the face, in a particular sequence.
‘While doing this you repeat a mantra which calms you and helps you deal with your fear. I also learnt that repeating 365 in my head works in a similar way.
‘I have no idea how or why these techniques work, but they do. They helped me build my strength and confidence and gave me a coping strategy when faced with a dog.
‘Between sessions Lauren was always on hand through WhatsApp and email. It meant someone was holding me to account to follow through on trying to beat my fear.
'加, if I struggled with something Lauren would offer immediate support, as well as addressing it at my next session.
‘At one point I was on holiday and I couldn’t get myself to step on the beach in case a dog was there.
‘In my head I thought the dog was prowling ready to jump on my little boy. It wasn’t and Lauren made me see this. The next day I went back to the beach and had a lovely day.
‘My biggest breakthrough though came when we used a technique called matrix imprinting.
‘Simply put, it’s a technique that connects you with past trauma and enables you to transform them moments into supportive ones.
‘By using your imagination, you go back to painful memories and change what happens.
‘For example, a moment where a dog jumped up at me in a park and I froze, became a moment where my mother was at the park with me and the dog was on a lead and calmly walked past.
‘You still know what the reality was, but in the future your brain won’t immediately focus on the trauma instead it will think of the new image you have created.
‘After a lot of tears I realised that because I’d been holding on to my fear for almost all of my life I’d created a belief that any dog I saw would hurt me, or the ones I love. Realising this wasn’t true meant things started to change.
'首先, my heart stopped racing whenever I thought about dogs. Then I was able to walk past them without changing direction or crossing the road.
‘When I took my little boy to the park I no longer felt terrified that a dog might approach us.
‘I could even sit through meals and enjoy them when other people had their dog with them.
‘The turning point came though when I left my hairdressers and a dog outside wasn’t on a lead.
‘It came over and licked my shoe and I stayed calm.
‘Pre my sessions with Lauren I would have started shaking, or screaming, but instead I told the owner her dog was cute.
‘This was a life changing moment where I realised my fear of dogs no longer needed to control my life and that I could start to live more normally and without constant anxiety.
‘A couple of months ago I would have thought it impossible for me to overcome my 30-year fear, but Lauren proved me wrong. Fear Busters really does work!
‘The future feels bright and I’m looking forward to letting my little boy finally stroke a ‘doggy’.
‘This experience shows it’s never too late to face your fear because if I can overcome cynophobia then there’s hope for everyone.’
After her sessions with Lauren, the mother-of-one said ‘the future looks bright’ and she feels she has totally overcome her 30-year-fear