Good luck with the CBT - if you had a good experience before with this therapist, I'll sure you'll feel fine after this round of treatment too.
I had the choking phobia for months and months. It took me a lot of meetings (but only as-needed meds) to address it, but then, we were treating a LOT of other issues besides just that one. I do know that what worked for me wasn't our discussion of that phobia, but rather when I finally felt more able to handle my anxiety in general. Then I was willing to challenge my phobia by eating the frightening foods, and with the challenging, especially trying to do it often, I got over the phobia for a good bit.
It's come back some in the past 2-3 months, but not like it was. I can also stand back from myself and realize that I am frightened again because I didn't keep practicing facing it. So part of me realizes that it truly is a fear that's separate from the food, if that makes sense, when I was never quite able to think that clearly about
Whenever your throat feels scary, try to remind yourself that you ARE breathing. Think about
how it would feel different if you were truly choking on something, as opposed to how it's feeling then, and really, really trying to pin down a DIFFERENCE between how you feel , and the actual choking you fear would feel.
That has helped me on several occasions.
Good luck on Friday - I expect you'll have a wonderful session.
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