Gender: Female
Age: 30-35
Presenting problem: Therapy for a Wasp Phobia
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 2

R requested an appointment after she walked into her bedroom one day and discovered a wasp flying about; in sheer panic, she had fled the room, run down the stairs and out of the front door, to the street beyond. After a few minutes of paralysed stupor on the pavement, she quickly went back into the house to retrieve her phone before returning to her place of safety to ring a friend, sobbing as she pressed the buttons.

The following day, during our Skype meeting, R said she had waited over two hours for her friend to arrive and remove the wasp before she was able to go back inside. She realised that her fear had become a debilitating phobia and did not want to face the rest of Summer living in fear.

R explained that she had always felt uncomfortable around wasps but it had never been too much of a problem until the previous year, when she had ‘freaked out’ after becoming trapped in a room with one. Knowing that her friend had had therapy for a wasp phobia the year before and never looked back, her confidence in the success of BWRT was high.

A week later, R got in touch to say that she had stopped panicking but there was a small level of discomfort remaining at the sound of a wasp buzzing about. A quick assessment revealed that all L needed was to learn a quick and easy technique, designed to stop any unwanted emotional response in its tracks, which she could use should she ever feel the need to.

Not long after, R called once more. This time, she exuberantly recounted her journey to work that morning. She had been chatting to a friend on her mobile phone as she walked along when, suddenly, a wasp landed on her free hand. L had stopped and looked at it, fascinated.

Blowing on her hand to help the creature on its way proved fruitless so R moved closer to some bushes along the walkway. She tore a leaf and used it to gently push the wasp onto the foliage, and then resumed her journey. Asking why the phone had gone silent for a minute or two, R told her friend what had happened.

Initially, R’s friend did not believe her, for it was he who had gallantly rescued her when she had run from her house in hysterics just a short while ago. Laughing excitedly, R assured him that she was absolutely fine and then invited him to meet her for a picnic after work as proof, a simple Summer pleasure she thought she might never enjoy again.

Read the brilliant 5 star Facebook review R wrote, after having therapy for a wasp phobia: Therapy for a Wasp Phobia


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Claire Louise Gaskin is a qualified Youth Worker, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, a founder member of the British BrainWorking Research Society (BBRS), a member of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), and a member of the College of Medicine.