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  • Introduction

    Nik & Eva Speakman have successfully treated people around the world with issues and anxiety disorders ranging from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), addictions, fears, phobias, bipolar, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), eating disorders and self-harm issues, to conditions formerly considered only manageable such as misophonia, trichotillomania and anorexia.

    The Speakmans use a behaviouristic approach to therapy.

    By studying the work of eminent psychologists such as John Watson, B.F. Skinner & Carl Rogers, they created their own Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy™ which is a perspective based talking therapy with the unique dynamic of 2:1 ratio of therapist to client.

  • Speakman Institute

    The Speakman Institute was founded by Nik & Eva Speakman who have worked and studied together for over 20 years. The Speakmans’ understanding, ability and successful treatment of psychological and anxiety related issues is second to none and they are currently developing a diploma in Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy™. Please keep in touch via the website for news on this exciting development.

  • Events

    If you wish to take your life to the next level then you can personally join Nik and Eva for their transformational events. All events are based upon a full day of fun, motivation, education, information and direction. No matter where you are in life right now, with Nik and Eva’s help and guidance you can always make it better.

    For further information on up and coming events please email events@speakman.tv for further details, availability and to register your interest.

  • Overview

    The Speakmans Series overview

    The Speakmans will follow therapists to the stars, Nik and Eva Speakman as they attempt to successfully treat ordinary people with extraordinary problems. In a bid to succeed where counsellors, doctors and other therapists have failed, Nik and Eva will see a range of people with debilitating psychological issues and attempt over the course of one programme to successfully them. From Agoraphobia to post traumatic stress, each programme will see a contributor introduce viewers to a problem that is affecting their life and then follow the experts in action as they seek to successfully them.

    Episode one: Vomit
    Becky is terrified of getting sick. For the last five years, this phobia has completely taken over her life and she rarely leaves the house. Becky was once passionate about horse riding but now she’s petrified to go the stables. This phobia is destroying all of her relationships. Her boyfriend, Chris finished their relationship and says he’ll only take her back if she gets treated for her phobia.

    Episode two: OCD
    Ashlea is desperate to start a family but her extreme OCD is preventing her from fulfilling her dreams. Ashlea is addicted to biting objects. She can spend up to 11 hours a day biting furniture, curtains, plates, steering wheels, hot hair straighteners, hot irons, etc. Every time she goes upstairs she has to bite the entire bannisters which is now destroyed. Ashlea has a dangerous habit of taking her hands off the steering wheel to touch the roof of her car. Ashlea says her OCD is putting a huge strain on her marriage.

    Episode three: Trichotillomania
    Danielle has been suffering from Trichotillomania for the last 18 years, which means that she has a compulsion to pull her hair out. After she has pulled out her hair, she then bites the roots as she loves the crunching sound it makes. Danielle has several bald patches which has caused her to have a serious lack of confidence and she claims that she hasn’t been able to go out with friends or enjoy a social life for a long time. Danielle is desperate to stop pulling her hair out, and her parents are equally desperate for her to.

    Episode four: Fear of swallowing
    Dave is unable to swallow solid food. In February 2013, Dave had a throat infection and had to have a tooth removed. Later that week, he went out for dinner and choked on bit of meat. Dave has not been able to swallow solid food since then. His diet consists of soft food: mash potatoes, soup, cheese and milk. Dave is 6ft”2 and weighs ten stone, he’s lost almost four stone in the last year. It can take him 1hr 15’ to eat a bowl of soup. Dave hates how he looks and is desperate to go back to his athletic shape.

    Episode five: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Karlette believes she’s suffering from PTSD, although she’s not been formally diagnosed her doctor suggested that she may be suffering from it. Seven years ago, Karlette was 15 and was brutally attacked by two women. Since the attack, Karlette has lost all of her confidence and has become short tempered. She relives the attack on a nightly basis and believes that it’s stopping her from living her life to the full. Karlette is a very talented singer and dancer who won a scholarship at a high-end performing arts school, but she’s not been able to perform since the attack.

    Episode six: Agoraphobia
    For nearly four years Georgia has hardly left the house. The only time she leaves the house is to walk into the field right opposite her house, but this has only been for a few minutes. Georgia believes this fear started when she was 16 whilst she was studying for her GCSE’s. Since then her agoraphobia has become more advance. She has lost her education and friends because of her isolating illness.

    Episode seven: Dental phobia
    Ashlee is terrified of the dentist and her teeth are literally rotting. A dentist told her that she’ll have no teeth left by the time she’s 30! Ashlee is a hairdresser and takes pride in her appearance but she cannot go to the dentist.

    Episode eight: Shark phobia
    Danni is terrified of sharks and it’s stopping her from achieving her lifelong dream of surfing. Danni says the ocean is her spiritual home but this fear is preventing her from swimming in deep water. Danni went into the water for this first since her childhood when she was 38 but she couldn’t go beyond her knees. She spent the day boogie boarding and absolutely loved it but she longed to go out deeper and join the surfers. Danni is determined to face her fear as she’s desperate to become a surfer.

    Episode nine: Arachnophobia
    Julie has an extreme fear of spiders. She cannot be alone in her home in case she sees a spider. If she is alone, then she’ll wait outside until someone comes home. On one occasion she found a spider in her home and she pulled a complete stranger in from the street to remove it. Julie insists that her partner, David checks her clothes for spiders on a daily basis. If she needs to go to the toilet in the middle of the night, then she’ll insist that David brings her to the bathroom. Six weeks ago, Julie moved her boys (16 & 20) and her partner, David of two years to the countryside. They now live in their dream home with 1.5 acres of land for their horse but for Julie it’s a complete nightmare and she’s considering moving back to town. Although, she loves the country she feels there are too many spiders in her area. Julie has only been living with her partner for the last six weeks and she’s worried that her phobia will destroy their relationship.

    Episode ten: Social phobia
    Karen has suffered with social anxiety for ten years and is terrified of people. Karen will do anything to avoid people and she can’t go anywhere without her husband. Karen and David are cleaners at a local school which is perfect for Karen as all the pupils and teachers are gone home while she’s at work. She spends her entire time cleaning 21 toilets as she refuses to enter a classroom just in case a teacher is working late. Karen hasn’t even seen her grandchildren (Anouska’s children) for over a year, although they only live four minutes down the road. Karen has gone months without seeing her sons because she feels really awkward around them.

    Episode 11: Claustrophobia
    Sandra has had cancer for five years. It started with bowel cancer, then spread to her left lung, then to her adrenal gland, then her right lung. She’s not going through chemo at the moment but the doctors said the cancer will come back. They don’t know her life expectancy but it’s not in the immediate future. Sandra suffers with extreme claustrophobia and lifts are out of the question. Last year, her adrenal gland was removed and after the operation they needed to bring her to another ward but she refused to get in the lift. Instead, Sandra decided to climb the stairs even though she was in excruciating pain. It took four nurses to carry her drips and the porter waited at the top of the stairs with her wheelchair. Sandra has refused MRI scans, will not go into public toilets and they’ve never been abroad as she can’t get on a plane or boat. Her husband, Ron would love to bring her to the West End, but she refuses to go. He would love to bring her on a plane and just be spontaneous. This is Sandra’s last chance at life and more than anything, they want to enjoy what time she has left.

    Episode 12: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Last year, Marion’s sister, Pamela was murdered by her boyfriend who buried Pamela in shallow grave. The police & sniffer dogs searched the area for two months and eventually found her body. Marion feel’s that her life has changed forever, not only has she lost her sister, but she’s also lost part of herself. Marion feels incredibly guilty as she was meant to go and visit Pamela the day she was murdered. Marion was very close to Pamela and they only lived 10 minutes apart. Marion is suffering from PTSD and claustrophobia. She was once a confident woman but now she hates being in confined spaces. If she goes into big shops then she’ll need to know where all the exit signs are placed. Her son is getting married at the end of June and he’s paid for her flight to Turkey but she can’t get on the plane. Marion replays her sister’s murder on a daily basis and she desperately wants to start enjoying life again.

    Episode 13: Dog Phobia/Dermatillomania (Double episode)

    Bryony is terrified of all dogs. Every day before she leaves the house she’s worried that she’ll bump into a dog. She works full time in a fancy dress shop but is also self employed as a children’s entertainer and will refuse work if the family have a dog or if the event is at a park. Bryony gets the train to work every day, she lives a 5-10 minute walk from the train station but she refuses to walk as the route has dog walkers, so her mother drives her there every morning. She won’t go to the beach, park or anywhere dogs might be. A dog has never bitten her but she remembers have a nightmare aged four and a dog had attacked her in the dream. Bryony hates living her life in fear and just wants to go outside and feel comfortable.

    Charlotte has been plucking and picking at her body for seven years. Her 11 year old daughter started school around this time and she felt like she had nothing else to do. Charlotte has scarred her entire body and will pick at anything which results in bleeding and scars. Charlotte hates leaving her home as she feels people are looking at her. Charlotte and her fiancé Martin have become more like friends and the family rarely have days out as Charlotte hates going out.

    Episode 14: Phobia of Medicine
    Amanda has a major phobia of medicine, she cannot swallow tablets or take it in liquid form. Her phobia is literally killing her. Amanda has almost died around 5 times due to her phobia! Amanda is 34 and has been on a dialysis machine for 25yrs, despite the recommended maximum time being 5yrs. Amanda lost her kidneys at 10yrs old and had her first transplant at 18, however that only lasted for six months as her body rejected her kidney as she couldn’t take her medication. Amanda can’t even be in the same room as a tablet, she is petrified of them. Amanda spends 3 hrs, 3 days a week, attached to a machine that draws out her blood, cleans it and pumps it back in. Amanda is meant to be taking a cocktail of medication that helps her body cope with dialysis, but she cannot take them. As a result, Amanda’s bones have become brittle and she is now in a wheelchair. She can walk a short distance but she relies heavily on her family. Her mother claims that she has only has a few years left, unless she gets treated for her phobia. Amanda is not allowed on the kidney waiting list at the moment as she refuses the medication. If Amanda is treated for her phobia, it will give her a new lease of life and if she starts taking medication it will strengthen her bones and the likelihood is that she’ll no longer need her wheelchair!

    Episode 15: Food Phobia
    Ross has had a problem with food for as long as he can remember. Ross has a phobia of food and can only eat chicken products, potato products and bacon. Ross says his sense of taste and smell are very sensitive, if he smells or tastes anything that he will not eat, he panics and will run away. Ross has to avoid walking past restaurants and cafes and can’t cook anything nutritious for his son Leo. Ross can’t even prepare healthy lunches for his son, so his son now gets school dinners. Leo goes to his grandmother’s house at least five times a week in order to get his essential nutrients and vitamins. Ross says he is worried he is overweight but cannot eat anything healthy to lose it. Ross has never been on holiday or taken his son to a restaurant and he just wants to be a better dad.

    Episode 16: Fear of Heights/Driving Phobia
    Caroline lives with her partner of 24 years and their two children. She passed her driving test nine years ago and loved the new found freedom and confidence it gave her. A year later, while driving over a high ring road, Caroline suffered a panic attack and ever since then, she’s become more and more nervous on the road. Her fears were compounded when she was involved in a car accident with her family a year ago and each time she’s tried to drive anywhere since, she’s become overwhelmed with panic. Caroline’s elderly parents live a 10 minute drive from her and rely on her for help which means she is currently spending up to £100 on taxi’s each week.

    Episode 17: Flying Phobia
    Alison is petrified of flying. She bursts into tears as soon as the door of the aeroplane closes. Alison can’t even look at a plane in the sky and feels sick at the thought of going to an airport to pick someone up. Alison has been on at least seven flights in the past, but at the moment she cannot physically bring herself to get on a plane. Her last flight was three years ago and she hated every second of it. Last year, she was due to fly to Turkey with her daughter but her dad died a few weeks beforehand, Alison was relieved that she had an excuse not to fly. Alison fell out with her best friend of 40 years and hasn’t not spoken to her in six months. Alison was due to go on a girly holiday with her but couldn’t bring herself to go and as a result they fell out. Alison’s daughter, Laura moved to Dubai 18 months ago and works as air hostess. Alison has only seen Laura 3 times in the last 18 months, the last time was in February. Laura surprised her mother and bought her a ticket to Dubai which was due to depart a few months after the show was filmed but as it stood Alison would not go on the plane and didn’t have the heart to tell Laura.

    Episode 18: Vein Phobia
    Claire has an extreme phobia of veins and she is currently 26 weeks pregnant. Claire hasn’t looked at her own legs in three years because of varicose veins! Claire hated her varicose veins so much that she had an operation to get them removed. When Claire gets hot, the veins on her hand protrude and she cannot do anything that involves using her hands. Claire has a 17 month old daughter and sometimes she cannot change her nappy, feed her or bath her. Claire relies heavily on her 17-year-old daughter, Charleigh to help out with the daily chores. Charleigh is a street dancer and regularly performs which involves a lot of fake tan and make up. Claire is unable to help her daughter get ready due to her fear of veins. Claire is pregnant and is absolutely terrified as the doctor needs to take blood which means finding a vein! Claire cannot look at people who wear shorts or skirts in case they have veins. This phobia is taking over Claire’s life, there’s no getting away from veins and she wants to be able to accept herself and others.

    Episode 19: Contamination OCD
    Jo has suffered from OCD for 17 years. She hates germs and will not allow them in her house. She has to keep her house, kids and car free of germs. She insists that everyone takes a shower as soon as they enter her home. She has three children and once they get home from school, she insists they have a shower. Jo has a one year old daughter and she took her to the clinic earlier this week. Jo felt awful because as soon as they got home, she had to give the baby a bath. Jo will not allow anyone in her home apart from her husband and children. Jo’s mother, has only been to her house once in the last year. “people don’t come to my house anymore as they know it makes me very uncomfortable.” Jo hates touching anything dirty especially money. Anytime she leaves her house, she has to take anti bacterial wipes as she can’t open doors without them. When Jo goes outside, she will only use one of her hands to touch thing, the other hand is kept free from germs. Jo would absolutely love to free herself and her family of this obsession.

    Episode 20: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Joanne was in a horrific car accident in October 2009 and is now in a wheelchair. She was driving to work on her scooter and a woman pulled out, Joanne swerved, fell off her bike and damaged her back. Since the accident her entire life has changed, she’s accepted her disability but she desperately needs help with her PTSD. Joanne hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since the accident, she wakes up nightly and regularly has flash backs. Joanne lives in Halifax and her family live in Essex. Joanne can only travel a short distance as she suffers from panic attacks since the accident. As a result, Joanne has missed out on several family events as she’s not able to travel to Essex. Joanne is very close with her mother, Pat and speaks to her daily. Pat is not very well, she had a tumour removed from her throat two years ago and since then she doesn’t like to travel to Halifax as she needs to be close to her hospital. Joanne only gets to see her family twice a year and would love nothing more than to gain confidence so that she can travel to see her family. Joanne’s partner, Leanne is her carer and their relationship has completely changed since the accident. Leanne says that Joanne is like a different person, she was once bubbly and confident but now she’s constantly anxious and stressed due to the PTSD.

  • How We Can Help

    Those who suffer with psychological issues often believe that they are the only ones suffering with their particular condition. Please rest assured this is not the case – you are not alone.

    The Speakmans have been faced with, and successfully treated numerous anxiety disorders, both well known and unusual, with their own Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy™.

    Whilst many people live with debilitating issues, believing they are beyond help or that their issue may require years of therapy. The Speakmans belief is this: if you are not born with a psychological issue, then you should be able to overcome it successfully.

    You can discover more about The Speakmans’ work and some of the issues that they have treated right here.

  • Snow & Ice Phobia

    Full medical name: Pogophobia

    Ever since Wendy Wiffen had a nasty fall on slippery ice when she was six months pregnant, she has had a very real fear of ice and snow that has become so severe it affected her ability to function normally in everyday life for 29 years.

    Wendy’s phobia is so extreme that she cannot be near a clinking glass with ice cubes in a drink, or even listen to someone talk about what use to be her favourite TV programme ‘Dancing on Ice.’ An ice lolly or ice cream was entirely out of the question. This deep phobia affected her and also her family and children. The phobia had become progressively worse over the 29 years and had begun to encompass many other items not even ice related. For example she couldn’t even bear the sound of crunching crisps as it reminded her of ice. When visiting her local pub her friends and family had to avoid crisps or ice in their drinks and during Winter Wendy literally became housebound.

  • Creepy Crawly Phobia

    Full medical names: Arachnophobia (Spiders), Insectophobia (Insects), Ophidiophobia (Snakes), Katsaridaphobia (Cockroaches).

    Jeremy Kyle said of his phobia: “I have a terrifying fear of basically anything that crawls about the place. Nik and Eva say, they’re going to sort me out. I am for the first time in ten years, terrified.” And as Nik and Eva joined him on stage, Jeremy revealed the scale of his dread: “Absolutely every part of my comfort zone has gone.” Jeremy explained that he has had a fear of creepy crawlies for 40 years: “Anything that crawls, listen, I’m that pathetic, spiders, rats, snakes, anything, daddy long legs, for as long as I can remember, I’m actually getting sweaty thinking about it”

    Jeremy said he rated his fear of the giant hissing cockroaches in box one was eight out of 10, and edged away saying: “It moves, you can’t turn the engine off can you, that’s awful!” Box two contained jumbo crickets and huge mealworms and walking across the stage away from the creepy crawlies, Jeremy pre-empted what was in box three: “That’s the spider isn’t it, That’s ridiculous.” As Nik removed a large tarantula from the box and walked towards Jeremy, who had made his way to the other side of the stage by now, Jeremy repeated: “I can’t do that, that’s ridiculous! No there really isn’t any chance in the world, there’s not. I’m sorry.” As he looked into Nik’s hands, Jeremy admitted: “There it is in one moment, everything I hate, I genuinely get cold thinking about that.” Out of 10, Jeremy rated his fear of the tarantula at “25”. For the finale, TV councillor Graham Stanier entered the stage with a snake wrapped around his neck which made Jeremy run off stage towards the back of the set.

  • Piercings and Earrings Phobia

    Full medical name: None Listed (Piercings and Earrings Phobia)

    42-year-old Tom Patterson who has a very unusual phobia in fact it is so rare that it doesn’t even have a name. Tom has a paralysing fear of piercings, earrings, studs, hoops and the fear has now progressed to jewellery and nail polish. They all leave him in a cold sweat and bring on panic attacks, especially if they are worn by his wife Hannah. In fact, as the issue is something Tom is always aware of he suffers from general anxiety disorder because of it.

  • Condiment Phobia

    Full medical name: Condimentophobia. (Condiment Phobia)

    Jayne and Martin Hall have been married for 12 years and now Jayne, who’s 45, has cancer. Sadly Jayne’s condition is terminal and one of her last wishes is to have her husband Martin treated for his fear of condiments. Martin’s fear causes a real problem at home, and Jayne is concerned that when she’s not there anymore, the problem will affect their children.

    Martin cannot stand the sight of ketchup, or pickles and sauces, and as the children love them, it’s a real problem at the dinner table. They giggled about it but said what a serious problem it was and how it caused arguments in the home. The children have waved ketchup at their dad to tease him. Martin explained that Jayne has traditional values and likes the family to sit down at mealtimes and talk about their day. She wants to know that when she’s no longer here, that that will continue, rather than Martin trying to stay away from the table because the condiments are there.

    Philip Schofield summarised the problem by explaining that they have this underlying tragedy that Jayne will soon no longer be here and that she doesn’t want her family to have any extra problems to deal with when she’s gone.

  • Plane Phobia

    Full medical name: Aerophobia, Aviatophobia, or Aviophobia.

    A plane phobia or fear of flying can manifest as a result of other phobia’s such as a fear of heights (acrophobia), a fear of enclosed spaces or being trapped (claustrophobia), fear of crashing (through lack of understanding of aviation and the fact that plane crashes are sensationalised whereas safe plane travel is not) or fear of panic attacks in a place from which escape is not possible (agoraphobia).

    For Liz McClarnon, flying had never been her favourite activity, but as time progressed her fear had become irrational resulting in immense panic, and even resulting in her running off a plane minutes before takeoff. As Liz had attended numerous courses at airports unsuccessfully, and undergone therapy and hypnotherapy all unsuccessfully, Liz genuinely believed there was no hope for her.

    As Liz had, had numerous bad experiences while flying, and also lost loved ones while abroad, Liz’s association to flying was complete self protection.  The first step was to encourage Liz’s confidence to grow by helping Liz to fly in a controlled manner, which was a small private airplane where Liz could decide when takeoff would occur.  This was the first step to provide Liz with evidence that she could fly and be safe.

    Other well know sufferers include, Whoopi Goldberg, Doris Day and Dennis Bergkamp.

  • Agoraphobia

    Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder and a very debilitating condition, as the sufferer fears leaving their ‘safe place’ which can result in the sufferer becoming housebound.

    Shaquille’s condition started at 14 years of age, and she had not left her home for over 4 years. Despite fortnightly visits from medical professionals, as a now 18 year old women, Shaquille had been told that nothing else could be done for her. Shaquille was devastated, and her mum was frantic to find a glimmer of hope for her daughter.

    Having been forced to drop out of school at the age of 14 when her condition began, Shaquille was imprisoned in her own home, abandoned by her friends and living a sheltered life with just her closest family to hand.

  • Fish Phobia

    Full medical name: Ichthyophobia.

    Ichthyophobia can be either a fear of fish, dead fish, eating fish or just a specific fear relating to fish, Roxy however, suffered with them all.

    So how could a fish phobia impact on her daily life and cause it to be debilitated? Well for Roxy her fear of fish inhibited her life immensely as she had to avoid, beaches, restaurants, supermarkets, television, books, market stalls and even cartoons all had to be monitored as they could result in Roxanne having a severe phobic response.

    Having a little girl of her own, Roxy did not want for her irrational fear to impact her daughter’s life and was therefore desperate to be helped.

  • Doll Phobia

    Full medical name: Pediophobia.

    Doll phobias are a relatively common phobia, and for Donna this was causing her huge turbulence in her life, and extreme anxiety on a daily basis.

    Having a young daughter, Donna could not allow her to have dolls in the home, and then working in a family themed restaurant, customers with children were asked to leave their children’s dolls in their car or hidden in backpacks so as to not upset Donna.

    Donna had tried to obtain help for her anxiety, but was told as she had no recollection of an actual traumatic event that had caused her phobia she was beyond help.  Naturally she was very sceptical, and she did not feel that anyone would be able to take her fear away.

  • Weight loss

    Nik and Eva on the Alan Titchmarsh show, successfully work with five people who had severe cravings that were totally sabotaging their weight loss success.  When anyone embarks on a weight loss programme there is always at least one food that causes cravings and therefore ultimately prevents successs.  For these five it was chocolate, crisps, roasted nuts and diet coke, however, using the technique they share and demonstated fully in their ‘Think Yourself Thin’ DVD, Nik and Eva successfully conditioned the craving schemas that held them back and assited all five towards their personal weight loss goals.

  • Dentist Phobia

    Full medical name: Dentophobia or Odontophobia.

    Dentist phobias are a common phobia which can occur due to a fear of needles, a fear of choking, a fear of pain and numerous other triggers.  It can also be linked with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by previous traumatic dental experiences.

    David’s fear was so severe that he had not visited a dentist since being a small child when he had been told that dentists were evil and caused immense pain and suffering.

    Despite being left with excruciating pain, and very few teeth which were either rotten or required fillings, David’s anxiety towards dentist was so extreme he lived with the constant pain and the embarrassment of being unable to smile.  As a young 28 year old, his lack of teeth made him look considerably older and was preventing him from marrying his fiancée as he would be unable to smile on wedding photographs.

  • Button Phobia

    Full medical name: Koumpounophobia (Button Phobia)

    Most sufferers are convinced that they are the only ones in the world to suffer from what appears to be such a strange fear, the reality is, it is fairly common. High profile sufferers include such luminaries as Steve Jobs who suffered unnecessarily with the phobia all his life.

    Alex Torrance had suffered from the age of 5 (20 years) and had to adjust his life – as did his family and those around him – to accommodate his total fear. He worked in a bar so he could wear buttonless T Shirts as a white collar job could never be an option for him.

    Like many other koumpounophobics, Alex suffered immense anxiety, had to wash his hands if he came in to contact with buttons accidentally and had to cover his mouth as he feared inhaling them.

  • Clown Phobia

    Full medical name: Coulrophobia (Clown Phobia)

    This intense fear of clowns is very common and often starts as a result of childhood confusion on how to interpret a first experience with a clown or scary movies. Sufferers include Johnny Depp & Sean Coombes (puff daddy).

    Leigh had suffered for 25 years and would break down in tears and shake hysterically if she even saw a clown from a distance. This debilitating fear even prevented Leigh from relaxing at home and Leigh’s husband had to hold on to the remote control just in case a clown were to appear on TV.

  • Dog Phobia

    Full medical name: Cynophobia (Dog Phobia)

    The fear of dogs can be hugely debilitating and socially compromising when you consider the ever increasing number of dog owners.

    Lisa Wainwright had suffered with an immense fear of dogs for almost 30 years and the fear totally consumed her daily life. The phobia affected where she worked, where she went and she could not even go to her best friend’s house as she owned a dog. The sight of a dog was extremely debilitating to her, it would make her freeze, cause a massive panic attack and she felt the phobia had quite literally prevented her from living a normal life.

    Sufferers include Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson & Woody Allen.

  • Frog & Toad Phobia

    Full medical name: Ranidaphobia (Frog Phobia ) & Bufonophobia (Toad Phobia)

    Both phobias are fairly common and unlike most phobias that develop in childhood, many frog and toad phobias develop later in life as a result of traumatic experiences whilst mowing the lawn and running over frogs and toads. For Wendy Bailey these phobias were all consuming and even though she works from a small studio in her garden, some days she just simply couldn’t go there because of her fears.

  • Rat & Mice Phobia

    Full medical name: Musophobia (Rat & Mice Phobia)

    Ironically Walt Disney was petrified of mice he and as a result he was inspired to create his beloved character Mickey Mouse after seeing mice running around in his basement.

    Actress Linda Robson suffered with a fear of mice but her fear also included rats, in fact her fear was so intense, she moved house on more than one occasion to get away from them.

    Linda had suffered for over 40 years, and even joked that she had declined several times to appear on the primetime ITV show ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ as she couldn’t even be within 50 feet of rats or mice which she found dirty, scary and unhygienic.

    Needless to say, six months after this clip was filmed Linda did this time agree to appear on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ and as expected, she was fearless.

  • Spider Phobia

    Full medical name: Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia is one of the world’s most common phobias and one view, especially held in evolutionary psychology, is that the presence of venomous spiders led to the evolution of this fear.

    For 32 year old Police Officer Dan who had suffered well in excess of 20 years with arachnophobia, the phobia was not only affecting his personal life but it was also affecting his work as he had to frantically scan people’s houses whilst on duty. This phobia was also so severe it affected Dan’s sleep resulting in him having to take medication

  • Doll Phobia 2

    Full medical name: Pediophobia

    Pediophobia is a relatively common kind of phobia. It is an phobia that can be associated with a range of dolls from old-fashioned china dolls and porcelain dolls to dolls that talk and move. Pediophobia is considered a branch of automatonophobia which is a fear of humanoid figures.

    Stacey believed she’d had a fear of dolls all her life. Stacey’s fear also included a particular fear of the dolls eyes, ommetaphobia.

    Now in her twenties, Stacey’s dream job and desire to become a midwife was impossible, as she knew her training would involve working with dolls.

  • Phobia of Metal Cutlery

    This phobia is so unusual that it doesn’t even have a name. When asked by the Daily Mail about her unusual phobia Zoe said, “I have spent almost the last twenty years dreading mealtimes and insisting on using only plastic cutlery, now I have to eat at a separate table from my four children and partner, Phil. I turn my back to avoid seeing a metal knife or fork. It’s totally embarrassing,” she told the paper. “People look at me like I’m completely stupid or taking the mick out of them, but I just can’t get over my fear of them. Some people have irrational phobias of snakes or spiders – but for me it’s cutlery. When I see a metal knife and fork on the table, it might as well be a tarantula.

    Zoe had suffered with a fear of cutlery from the age of 18, when she accidentally touched a new filling with her fork. The aftermath of this one occasion eventually not only affected Zoe but all her family.

    With Zoe’s wedding approaching, she was desperate to overcome this fear as she wanted to be able to have a sit down meal with her guests.

  • Speakman TV

    For many years The Speakmans have appeared regularly as experts on TV, then in their own series and more recently on ITV’s flagship shows.  They have also worked in the USA to create a show for Fox as well as featuring on The Chelsea Lately Show on E.

    They regularly appear on ITV1′s This Morning show where millions of viewers watch as they achieve an unparalleled success rate in treating often lifelong debilitating conditions in less than 60 minutes. They were also guest contributors to ITV’s ‘Daybreak’ and also their primetime ‘Surprise Surprise’ show.

    The Speakmans are regular contributors to many magazines and newspapers such as Best, Men’s Health, The Sun, Heat, Daily Mirror and iVillage both in the UK and the USA, where they advise over 10 million online readers.

    The Speakmans have a determined mission to alleviate unnecessary psychological suffering and anxiety. You can witness further development of their work here on Speakman TV. New footage will appear regularly so be sure to visit often and to

    follow them on twitter where they will announce new shows and

    clips which are being premiered on this site.

  • PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Actress Brooke Kinsella tragically lost her brother Ben who died after being stabbed in June 2008.  Brooke subsequently received an MBE for her fight against knife crime and The Sunday Mirror recently covered Nik and Eva’s work helping her to overcome her PTSD.

  • PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 2

    Laura McGoldrick is possibly one of the worst cases of PTSD imaginable.  Laura lost 3 family members who were shot and killed in front of her by her stepdad, she herself was shot in the tragedy but survived.  In what was a hugely brave undertaking, Laura agreed to appear on This Morning where, by chance, she met Nik and Eva who instantly recognised her trauma and immediately worked with her.  As her words convey so well in the film, Laura’s life changed immeasurably after that session and she is now able to live with her grief but without the trauma.

  • Trichotillomania

    Trichotillomania is currently defined as an impulse control disorder and is a compulsion to pull out one’s own hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.  In our experience it always starts via a ‘good idea’ then becomes habitual, leading to (but not always being aware of) self harm.  Since seeing The Speakmans Tash has not pulled her hair or picked her skin anymore.

    She recently messaged The Speakmans and said:- I can’t believe it because I haven’t pulled my hair out since! It’s just so amazing I get ready quicker in the morning, much more productive doing things and can even listen more in conversations as I’m not seeing strands of hair from the corner of my eye that I’m wanting to pull out !! I still look at my arms but I’m just having the strength to say no! It’s literally going to change my life and has already!!! You two are unbelievable and I can’t thank you both enough! Xxx

    In our recent work with TOWIE’s Sam Faiers who also suffered from Trichotillomania that ‘good idea’ was being told by her friend that if she had an eyelash she would be able to make a wish, at the same time discovering that her father may be sent to prison, she really needed that wish, so she pulled out an eyelash and a schema (cognitive though process) was created.  She then subsequently misinterpreted the fact that the wish may have come true and the schema was confirmed and became a reality.  Once a schema has been created and confirmed behavioural traits commence then – as in Sams case – these can become habitual.

    Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy allowed Sam to look at the whole situation as an adult as opposed to a child.  By being able to do this with a totally fresh perspective she realised that an innocent act as a child had developed into self-harming as an adult.  She also realised that the innocent act of wishing – which had started her Trichotillomania – did not actually work and therefore 13 years of unwanted behaviour had been founded upon a misinterpretation, or, in fact a ‘lie’.  The thunderbolt of realisation of still believing the ridiculousness of this as an adult immediately changed her behaviour and subsequently stopped the habit.

    While Trichotillomania has been defined as ‘incurable’ by the medical profession every time The Speakmans we have worked with people who suffer with the condition we have successfully treated them.

  • Fear of Loud Noises

    Full medical name: Ligyrophobia (Fear of Loud Noises)

    Ligyrophobia is a fear of loud noises, specifically sudden loud noises and primarily items often associated with celebration such as party poppers, fireworks, champagne corks and balloons popping.

    Despite working in the medical industry, and trying numerous avenues to alleviate her fear, Hayley who had suffered with the fear of loud noises all her life was unable to find a solution. With a baby due, Hayley was desperate to overcome the fear that she had suffered with all her life

  • 4S or Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome

    Full medical name: Misophonia (4S or Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome)

    Misophonia literally “hatred of sound” is a form of decreased sound tolerance and is currently considered incurable. It is believed to be a neurological disorder characterised by negative experiences resulting only from specific sounds, whether loud or soft. People who have misophonia are most commonly annoyed, or even enraged, by such ordinary sounds as other people eating, breathing, sniffing, talking, sneezing, yawning, walking, chewing gum, snoring or coughing; certain consonants; or repetitive sounds. Intense anxiety and avoidant behaviour may develop, which can lead to decreased socialisation. Many misophoniacs are forced to eat by themselves in a closed off environment, as the rage is not activated when the sufferer themselves are producing the sounds.

    Paul Frame has suffered with misophonia for 35 years and in recent years the condition has become more and more difficult to manage.

  • Anorexia

    This is a film about a girl called Sophie who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 10. After diagnosis and NHS routes proving unsuccessful her parents resorted to private treatment and they spent more than £100,000 on residential care without success. 24 hours after meeting Nik and Eva, Sophie was free of her anorexia and a year on is at University, has a boyfriend and is a normal healthy 19 year old. She and her mother regularly update Nik and Eva on how much her life has changed for the better.

    Anorexia is generally considered to be a condition which can only be managed, not successfully treated. Nik and Eva Speakman disagree with that view.

  • Insomnia

    The Speakmans meet Dr. Arun Ghosh as he explores their work – Part 1. Journalist Jordan Paramour is treated for insomnia and sleeping tablet and alcohol dependency issues.

    Jordan Paramour is a journalist by trade and had approached the Speakmans wanting to write an investigative piece for the Daily Mirror, the article was printed on August 14th 2012.

    For nearly 20 years Jordan had been an insomniac, she had been prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants and had been taking them daily for five years. She was also self-medicating having come to rely on alcohol almost every night believing it helped her sleep.

    Things had come to a head recently as she found herself regularly sleep walking and even called the police reporting herself kidnapped… whilst still fast asleep. She was woken by the police breaking her door down and having no recollection of making the call, realised her problem was now so serious she was becoming a danger to herself and others.

    This was both Jordan’s and Arun Ghosh’s first experience of the Speakman’s therapy.

    The session lasted just under two hours.

  • Medical Phobia

    Liz had a serious phobia in relation to all medical issues. It affected her so much, she was unable to visit family/friends in hospital, seek medical help for herself and she even had to adopt children, as having her own could never be a possibility, due to her phobia.

    Having seen us work successfully with phobias in television  and suffering with pains in her lower right side, Liz became aware she desperately needed medical attention and yet because of her fear she simply could not visit her doctor.

  • Aerophobia

    Aerophobia is not necessarily brought on as a result of a bad experience, as it may be an indirect combination of one or more other phobias related to flying.  These phobias can include obvious ones such as a fear of heights or a lack of control, claustrophobia or social phobia to a fear of germs, a fear of terrorism or even a lack of perceived understanding and acceptance of the mechanics of how an aircraft can stay in the air.

    Some suggest that the media are also a major factor behind fear of flying, and claim that the media sensationalise airline crashes and as the total number of flights in the world rises, the absolute number of crashes rises as well, even though the overall safety of air travel continues to improve and statistics on various forms of travel show that aeroplanes are safer than any other common form of transport per mile travelled..

    The fear receives more attention than most other phobias because air travel is often difficult for people to avoid, especially in professional context, and because the fear is widespread, affecting 20% of the population.  A fear of flying may prevent a person from going on vacations or visiting family and friends, and it can cripple the career of a business person by preventing them from travelling on work-related business.

    Like many, Carl, wanted to be able to travel for the sake of his children and for his partner Beth who was desperate for a holiday following a traumatic miscarriage.  Despite being given tranquillisers by his GP and consuming a large quantity of alcohol at the airport, Carl a lifelong anxiety sufferer still hysterically ran down the aeroplane as it was taxing for take-off causing mass hysteria amongst his fellow passengers and huge embarrassment to Carl and his family.  Having flown to Spain under these desperate circumstances he flatly refused to fly back and got the bus back to the UK from Spain.

    Carl was convinced that he had no idea how this fear had manifested, but he desperately needed help and he felt that The Speakman’s were his last & only hope.

  • Agoraphobia

    Agoraphobia is a disorder that is characterised by feelings of anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives certain environments as dangerous or uncomfortable, often due to the environment’s vast openness or crowdedness, coupled with the sufferer feeling a perceived inability to escape from public places and, or transport.

    Agoraphobia can account for approximately 60% of phobias as it can often manifest as a result of other issues such as Emetophibia (Fear of Vomit), Mysophobia (fear of germs which can further manifests into Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), Social Phobia or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following a traumatic experience.

    Vicky, a mum of three, could only venture outdoors if her home was visible at all times to prevent severe panic and anxiety.  Having missed parents evenings, school shows and even her eldest daughter’s graduation, husband John said that he felt like a single parent and just dreamed of taking his wife dancing, whereas her daughters quite simply wanted to go shopping with mum, something they had never done before.

    Emetophobia is a severe phobia of vomit and consequently, germs, dirt and anything or anyone that could cause illness has to be avoided.  Due to these factors Vicky became agoraphobic and became both prisoner and guard in her own home.  The Speakmans were her last hope and as a result they had to tackle this very ‘complex’ phobia that she had suffered with acutely for in excess of 40 years.

  • Masklophobia

    Believed to be related to automatonophobia, or fear of humanoid figures, however this link is by no means conclusive. Masklophobia is extremely individualised as some suffers are only fearful of specific masks.  Most common is usually a fear of masks, horror masks, religious masks and costume characters, and this causes anxiety for sufferers when visiting places such as supermarkets, funfairs, theme parks and zoos.

    Masklophobia is most often triggered following a traumatic experience, or fright involving someone wearing a mask or costume, and on occasion scary movies have encouraged this phobia to manifest. It is surprisingly common and particularly in children it is important to note that this fear is often a part of normal childhood and therefore it is not usually diagnosed in children unless it persists for six months or longer.

    When Joe contacted The Speakmans, desperately seeking help for her 11 year old daughter, her motives were more involved than most.  Joe was a zoo keeper and wanted her children to participate in caring for the animals which Molly was unable to do due to the Zoo mascot ‘Safari Sam’.

    Molly’s symptoms included anxiety, uncontrollable crying and running in the opposite direction with no thought for traffic or other possible dangers, causing her mum grave concerns for her daughters safety.

  • Jeremy Kyle - talk show host

    Nik and Eva Speakman are two of the worlds’ most remarkable psychotherapists, they have the most unbelievable abilities, are incredible, and more than that they are nice, nice people.

  • Stephen Hunt

    “My wife persuaded me to get in touch with Nik and Eva Speakman after she saw their – in her words – ‘amazing’ appearances on This Morning. She had seen firsthand my struggling to properly get back to peak fitness psychologically as well as physically following an injury I suffered. Even though I couldn’t stop the lads being relegated, I needed to nail down some solid performances in the Wolves side before the end of the season for our fans and to give myself a chance of getting into the Irish squad for the European Championships. At the time it seemed a tall order.

    The effect of my time with Nik and Eva was astonishing. They made me realise that my brain was simply sending me the wrong messages because I had a fear of ruining my recovery if I came back too soon despite having just had the all clear from the club’s doctors. I left the session with a complete 100% determination to get out on the field and deliver and the session removed all those fears. I didn’t look back from there and despite it being such a disappointing season I was absolutely delighted to find out I had made it into the Ireland squad.

    Nik and Eva are extraordinary at what they do and I can’t thank them enough for their help.”

    Stephen Hunt, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Republic of Ireland

  • Kym Marsh - Actress/Singer

    “I had a real phobia of driving, after I had my second child Emily I suddenly developed this real phobia or I’d get real panic attacks and just freak out. I went to see the Speakmans and they completely cured me.  They are absolutely brilliant I don’t know how they do it.”

    Kym Marsh

  • Holly Willoughby - TV Presenter

    “I didn’t believe for a second that you could just come in and take that away, a feeling that’s been there for years, that’s been there as long as I can remember.”

  • Liz McClarnon - Pop Singer/TV Presenter

    “Since leaving Atomic Kitten, I’ve had sessions with Eva & Nik Speakman. They helped me with so many things, including my love life. They’re like a best friend intensified, but they’re not biased”

  • Kerry Katona

    “I was told by the U.K.’s leading expert on the subject I was one of the worst cases of bipolar disorder he had ever seen and I was going to be on medication for the rest of my life.., I spiralled into a deeply depressed self-medicated mess and I know for a fact were it not for Nik and Eva Speakman I would be dead now. I have been clean of all drugs prescribed and otherwise for more than 2 and a half years and that is totally down to Nick and Eva Speakman’s fantastic work.”

    Kerry Katona, May 2012 – actress

  • Sophie Baldwin

    “ Before meeting Nik and Eva, I was anorexic since the age of 10, so 8 years.  There was a huge fear of food in general like getting fat instantly, it was so ridiculous, but seemed real.  I was told that a healthy girl, my height and age should be 10 stone (144 lbs), and I was seriously underweight at 7 stone (98 lbs). My mum tried everything in her power to make me eat.  She would shout at me, and it was an ongoing fight.  My dad had to come home from Singapore, and there was a frantic rush to find a treatment centre.  On the first day, they did my heart rate and blood pressure and they said it was too low.  They took me to hospital and said you’re going to die, you’re going to die if you don’t eat, but I was like I don’t care.  I managed to put on some weight over the six months I was in residential treatment, but the moment I was home I lost it all and I was back at square one, which for my parents was terrifying.  I felt really bad knowing that my parents had spent over £100,000, but it just didn’t work for me.  I felt purposeless, my illness stopped me doing anything.  I was just sat at home being watched, while all my friends were going to University and enjoying life, but my mum felt if she didn’t watch me, she’d fail me and I would die”.
    “Since having three sessions with Nik & Eva, I stopped concentrating on what I was eating, how many calories I was burning and a year on life is just so much better, and I’m out with the rest of the world doing what everyone else is doing, and life is just so much better.  I’ve got my life back and I can’t thank Nik & Eva enough, I’m so grateful”

  • Debbie Rush - Actress

    My glass has always been half full, that’s just the way I saw things. But Nik and Eva Speakman have completely taken all the negativity out of my life and that’s a wonderful way to live.

    Thank you guys you are truly amazing  x

  • Gemma L Richards

    “You cured my phobia of death through Love It! magazine earlier in the month. I just wanted to write to you to thank you, again, for everything you have done for me. I recently found out my Nanna Lill has cancer, so the fact I could visit her at her nursing home meant even more to be than before.  I can not put into words just what you have done for me, everybody I know noticed a difference in my immediately after seeing you both and I in myself have never felt better and I’m sleeping better than I have in years. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! What you both do to help people like me is amazing and I wish there were more people like you willing to take time out of their lives to do this sort of thing.”

    That’s all I wanted to say but I wish I could express my gratitude more.

    Thank you now and forever.”

  • Claire Barnard

    “When I met you both at the seminar in Manchester last January, I couldn’t even sit in the room as my Emetophobia was so very extreme and it controlled my whole life totally. After two treatment sessions I now feel that I can attempt anything and I am in control now. I can’t find the words to express how much you have changed, mine and my family’s lives.

    You give hope to people, and show that there is light at the end of the tunnel as nothing is forever and you can live and enjoy life. You listen and don’t judge and understand what people are going through, when many GPs sadly don’t understand and therefore make you feel silly.

    I am so glad that I saw you both on ITV ‘This Morning’ for I wouldn’t be where I am now. Love & best wishes always”

  • Claire Cooper - Actress Hollyoaks

    “The Speakmans are the most warm hearted enthusiastic people I have ever met! Nothing’s too big a challenge. No fear. Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us, you beautiful Generous people.  You’re a force to be reckoned with!”

  • Appearances & Events

    Nik & Eva conduct events all over the world.

    All events are based upon a full day, where The Speakmans share their philosophies on how you can create a more positive thought process for a happier life. They also share, teach and demonstrate techniques and elements of their Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy ™ which can assist with alleviating anxiety disorders.

  • Events

    If you wish to take your life to the next level then you can personally join Nik and Eva for their transformational events. All events are based upon a full day of fun, motivation, education, information and direction. No matter where you are in life right now, with Nik and Eva’s help and guidance you can always make it better.

    For further information on up and coming events please email events@speakman.tv for further details, availability and to register your interest.

  • TV SHOW

    The Speakmans Series overview

    The Speakmans will follow therapists to the stars, Nik and Eva Speakman as they attempt to successfully treat ordinary people with extraordinary problems. In a bid to succeed where counsellors, doctors and other therapists have failed, Nik and Eva will see a range of people with debilitating psychological issues and attempt over the course of one programme to successfully them. From Agoraphobia to post traumatic stress, each programme will see a contributor introduce viewers to a problem that is affecting their life and then follow the experts in action as they seek to successfully them.

    Episode one: Vomit
    Becky is terrified of getting sick. For the last five years, this phobia has completely taken over her life and she rarely leaves the house. Becky was once passionate about horse riding but now she’s petrified to go the stables. This phobia is destroying all of her relationships. Her boyfriend, Chris finished their relationship and says he’ll only take her back if she gets treated for her phobia.

    Episode two: OCD
    Ashlea is desperate to start a family but her extreme OCD is preventing her from fulfilling her dreams. Ashlea is addicted to biting objects. She can spend up to 11 hours a day biting furniture, curtains, plates, steering wheels, hot hair straighteners, hot irons, etc. Every time she goes upstairs she has to bite the entire bannisters which is now destroyed. Ashlea has a dangerous habit of taking her hands off the steering wheel to touch the roof of her car. Ashlea says her OCD is putting a huge strain on her marriage.

    Episode three: Trichotillomania
    Danielle has been suffering from Trichotillomania for the last 18 years, which means that she has a compulsion to pull her hair out. After she has pulled out her hair, she then bites the roots as she loves the crunching sound it makes. Danielle has several bald patches which has caused her to have a serious lack of confidence and she claims that she hasn’t been able to go out with friends or enjoy a social life for a long time. Danielle is desperate to stop pulling her hair out, and her parents are equally desperate for her to.

    Episode four: Fear of swallowing
    Dave is unable to swallow solid food. In February 2013, Dave had a throat infection and had to have a tooth removed. Later that week, he went out for dinner and choked on bit of meat. Dave has not been able to swallow solid food since then. His diet consists of soft food: mash potatoes, soup, cheese and milk. Dave is 6ft”2 and weighs ten stone, he’s lost almost four stone in the last year. It can take him 1hr 15’ to eat a bowl of soup. Dave hates how he looks and is desperate to go back to his athletic shape.

    Episode five: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Karlette believes she’s suffering from PTSD, although she’s not been formally diagnosed her doctor suggested that she may be suffering from it. Seven years ago, Karlette was 15 and was brutally attacked by two women. Since the attack, Karlette has lost all of her confidence and has become short tempered. She relives the attack on a nightly basis and believes that it’s stopping her from living her life to the full. Karlette is a very talented singer and dancer who won a scholarship at a high-end performing arts school, but she’s not been able to perform since the attack.

    Episode six: Agoraphobia
    For nearly four years Georgia has hardly left the house. The only time she leaves the house is to walk into the field right opposite her house, but this has only been for a few minutes. Georgia believes this fear started when she was 16 whilst she was studying for her GCSE’s. Since then her agoraphobia has become more advance. She has lost her education and friends because of her isolating illness.

    Episode seven: Dental phobia
    Ashlee is terrified of the dentist and her teeth are literally rotting. A dentist told her that she’ll have no teeth left by the time she’s 30! Ashlee is a hairdresser and takes pride in her appearance but she cannot go to the dentist.

    Episode eight: Shark phobia
    Danni is terrified of sharks and it’s stopping her from achieving her lifelong dream of surfing. Danni says the ocean is her spiritual home but this fear is preventing her from swimming in deep water. Danni went into the water for this first since her childhood when she was 38 but she couldn’t go beyond her knees. She spent the day boogie boarding and absolutely loved it but she longed to go out deeper and join the surfers. Danni is determined to face her fear as she’s desperate to become a surfer.

    Episode nine: Arachnophobia
    Julie has an extreme fear of spiders. She cannot be alone in her home in case she sees a spider. If she is alone, then she’ll wait outside until someone comes home. On one occasion she found a spider in her home and she pulled a complete stranger in from the street to remove it. Julie insists that her partner, David checks her clothes for spiders on a daily basis. If she needs to go to the toilet in the middle of the night, then she’ll insist that David brings her to the bathroom. Six weeks ago, Julie moved her boys (16 & 20) and her partner, David of two years to the countryside. They now live in their dream home with 1.5 acres of land for their horse but for Julie it’s a complete nightmare and she’s considering moving back to town. Although, she loves the country she feels there are too many spiders in her area. Julie has only been living with her partner for the last six weeks and she’s worried that her phobia will destroy their relationship.

    Episode ten: Social phobia
    Karen has suffered with social anxiety for ten years and is terrified of people. Karen will do anything to avoid people and she can’t go anywhere without her husband. Karen and David are cleaners at a local school which is perfect for Karen as all the pupils and teachers are gone home while she’s at work. She spends her entire time cleaning 21 toilets as she refuses to enter a classroom just in case a teacher is working late. Karen hasn’t even seen her grandchildren (Anouska’s children) for over a year, although they only live four minutes down the road. Karen has gone months without seeing her sons because she feels really awkward around them.

    Episode 11: Claustrophobia
    Sandra has had cancer for five years. It started with bowel cancer, then spread to her left lung, then to her adrenal gland, then her right lung. She’s not going through chemo at the moment but the doctors said the cancer will come back. They don’t know her life expectancy but it’s not in the immediate future. Sandra suffers with extreme claustrophobia and lifts are out of the question. Last year, her adrenal gland was removed and after the operation they needed to bring her to another ward but she refused to get in the lift. Instead, Sandra decided to climb the stairs even though she was in excruciating pain. It took four nurses to carry her drips and the porter waited at the top of the stairs with her wheelchair. Sandra has refused MRI scans, will not go into public toilets and they’ve never been abroad as she can’t get on a plane or boat. Her husband, Ron would love to bring her to the West End, but she refuses to go. He would love to bring her on a plane and just be spontaneous. This is Sandra’s last chance at life and more than anything, they want to enjoy what time she has left.

    Episode 12: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Last year, Marion’s sister, Pamela was murdered by her boyfriend who buried Pamela in shallow grave. The police & sniffer dogs searched the area for two months and eventually found her body. Marion feel’s that her life has changed forever, not only has she lost her sister, but she’s also lost part of herself. Marion feels incredibly guilty as she was meant to go and visit Pamela the day she was murdered. Marion was very close to Pamela and they only lived 10 minutes apart. Marion is suffering from PTSD and claustrophobia. She was once a confident woman but now she hates being in confined spaces. If she goes into big shops then she’ll need to know where all the exit signs are placed. Her son is getting married at the end of June and he’s paid for her flight to Turkey but she can’t get on the plane. Marion replays her sister’s murder on a daily basis and she desperately wants to start enjoying life again.

    Episode 13: Dog Phobia/Dermatillomania
    (Double episode)
    Bryony is terrified of all dogs. Every day before she leaves the house she’s worried that she’ll bump into a dog. She works full time in a fancy dress shop but is also self employed as a children’s entertainer and will refuse work if the family have a dog or if the event is at a park. Bryony gets the train to work every day, she lives a 5-10 minute walk from the train station but she refuses to walk as the route has dog walkers, so her mother drives her there every morning. She won’t go to the beach, park or anywhere dogs might be. A dog has never bitten her but she remembers have a nightmare aged four and a dog had attacked her in the dream. Bryony hates living her life in fear and just wants to go outside and feel comfortable.

    Charlotte has been plucking and picking at her body for seven years. Her 11 year old daughter started school around this time and she felt like she had nothing else to do. Charlotte has scarred her entire body and will pick at anything which results in bleeding and scars. Charlotte hates leaving her home as she feels people are looking at her. Charlotte and her fiancé Martin have become more like friends and the family rarely have days out as Charlotte hates going out.

    Episode 14: Phobia of Medicine
    Amanda has a major phobia of medicine, she cannot swallow tablets or take it in liquid form. Her phobia is literally killing her. Amanda has almost died around 5 times due to her phobia! Amanda is 34 and has been on a dialysis machine for 25yrs, despite the recommended maximum time being 5yrs. Amanda lost her kidneys at 10yrs old and had her first transplant at 18, however that only lasted for six months as her body rejected her kidney as she couldn’t take her medication. Amanda can’t even be in the same room as a tablet, she is petrified of them. Amanda spends 3 hrs, 3 days a week, attached to a machine that draws out her blood, cleans it and pumps it back in. Amanda is meant to be taking a cocktail of medication that helps her body cope with dialysis, but she cannot take them. As a result, Amanda’s bones have become brittle and she is now in a wheelchair. She can walk a short distance but she relies heavily on her family. Her mother claims that she has only has a few years left, unless she gets treated for her phobia. Amanda is not allowed on the kidney waiting list at the moment as she refuses the medication. If Amanda is treated for her phobia, it will give her a new lease of life and if she starts taking medication it will strengthen her bones and the likelihood is that she’ll no longer need her wheelchair!

    Episode 15: Food Phobia
    Ross has had a problem with food for as long as he can remember. Ross has a phobia of food and can only eat chicken products, potato products and bacon. Ross says his sense of taste and smell are very sensitive, if he smells or tastes anything that he will not eat, he panics and will run away. Ross has to avoid walking past restaurants and cafes and can’t cook anything nutritious for his son Leo. Ross can’t even prepare healthy lunches for his son, so his son now gets school dinners. Leo goes to his grandmother’s house at least five times a week in order to get his essential nutrients and vitamins. Ross says he is worried he is overweight but cannot eat anything healthy to lose it. Ross has never been on holiday or taken his son to a restaurant and he just wants to be a better dad.

    Episode 16: Fear of Heights/Driving Phobia
    Caroline lives with her partner of 24 years and their two children. She passed her driving test nine years ago and loved the new found freedom and confidence it gave her. A year later, while driving over a high ring road, Caroline suffered a panic attack and ever since then, she’s become more and more nervous on the road. Her fears were compounded when she was involved in a car accident with her family a year ago and each time she’s tried to drive anywhere since, she’s become overwhelmed with panic. Caroline’s elderly parents live a 10 minute drive from her and rely on her for help which means she is currently spending up to £100 on taxi’s each week.

    Episode 17: Flying Phobia
    Alison is petrified of flying. She bursts into tears as soon as the door of the aeroplane closes. Alison can’t even look at a plane in the sky and feels sick at the thought of going to an airport to pick someone up. Alison has been on at least seven flights in the past, but at the moment she cannot physically bring herself to get on a plane. Her last flight was three years ago and she hated every second of it. Last year, she was due to fly to Turkey with her daughter but her dad died a few weeks beforehand, Alison was relieved that she had an excuse not to fly. Alison fell out with her best friend of 40 years and hasn’t not spoken to her in six months. Alison was due to go on a girly holiday with her but couldn’t bring herself to go and as a result they fell out. Alison’s daughter, Laura moved to Dubai 18 months ago and works as air hostess. Alison has only seen Laura 3 times in the last 18 months, the last time was in February. Laura surprised her mother and bought her a ticket to Dubai which was due to depart a few months after the show was filmed but as it stood Alison would not go on the plane and didn’t have the heart to tell Laura.

    Episode 18: Vein Phobia
    Claire has an extreme phobia of veins and she is currently 26 weeks pregnant. Claire hasn’t looked at her own legs in three years because of varicose veins! Claire hated her varicose veins so much that she had an operation to get them removed. When Claire gets hot, the veins on her hand protrude and she cannot do anything that involves using her hands. Claire has a 17 month old daughter and sometimes she cannot change her nappy, feed her or bath her. Claire relies heavily on her 17-year-old daughter, Charleigh to help out with the daily chores. Charleigh is a street dancer and regularly performs which involves a lot of fake tan and make up. Claire is unable to help her daughter get ready due to her fear of veins. Claire is pregnant and is absolutely terrified as the doctor needs to take blood which means finding a vein! Claire cannot look at people who wear shorts or skirts in case they have veins. This phobia is taking over Claire’s life, there’s no getting away from veins and she wants to be able to accept herself and others.

    Episode 19: Contamination OCD
    Jo has suffered from OCD for 17 years. She hates germs and will not allow them in her house. She has to keep her house, kids and car free of germs. She insists that everyone takes a shower as soon as they enter her home. She has three children and once they get home from school, she insists they have a shower. Jo has a one year old daughter and she took her to the clinic earlier this week. Jo felt awful because as soon as they got home, she had to give the baby a bath. Jo will not allow anyone in her home apart from her husband and children. Jo’s mother, has only been to her house once in the last year. “people don’t come to my house anymore as they know it makes me very uncomfortable.” Jo hates touching anything dirty especially money. Anytime she leaves her house, she has to take anti bacterial wipes as she can’t open doors without them. When Jo goes outside, she will only use one of her hands to touch thing, the other hand is kept free from germs. Jo would absolutely love to free herself and her family of this obsession.

    Episode 20: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Joanne was in a horrific car accident in October 2009 and is now in a wheelchair. She was driving to work on her scooter and a woman pulled out, Joanne swerved, fell off her bike and damaged her back. Since the accident her entire life has changed, she’s accepted her disability but she desperately needs help with her PTSD. Joanne hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since the accident, she wakes up nightly and regularly has flash backs. Joanne lives in Halifax and her family live in Essex. Joanne can only travel a short distance as she suffers from panic attacks since the accident. As a result, Joanne has missed out on several family events as she’s not able to travel to Essex. Joanne is very close with her mother, Pat and speaks to her daily. Pat is not very well, she had a tumour removed from her throat two years ago and since then she doesn’t like to travel to Halifax as she needs to be close to her hospital. Joanne only gets to see her family twice a year and would love nothing more than to gain confidence so that she can travel to see her family. Joanne’s partner, Leanne is her carer and their relationship has completely changed since the accident. Leanne says that Joanne is like a different person, she was once bubbly and confident but now she’s constantly anxious and stressed due to the PTSD.

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