Teenager Cured Of Chewing And Slurping Phobia With Hypnosis
A teenager has been cured of her crippling phobia of hearing people eat and drink through hypnosis.
Danielle Beaufoy, 14, would feel physically sick whenever she heard chewing and slurping noises, forcing her to sit alone in restaurants trying not to throw up.
After years of having to leave the room when someone was drinking a cup of coffee, Danielle visited her GP to find answers.
Doctors told Danielle and her mum, Jayne Beaufoy, there was nothing that could be done, so they turned to cognitive hypnosis for help.
Now, after one hour of hypnosis, Danielle has been freed from her phobia and is able to eat and drink around friends and family.
Jayne, a University senior project manager, said: "Since she was younger she would always complain about the sound of people eating or drinking.
"If she was stood in the kitchen and you were drinking a coffee, she would get very distressed and leave the room immediately.
"Any time we would try to have a family meal at the dining table, she would make an excuse to leave and eat by herself.
"When it came to family occasions, she would make sure she was sat separately in the restaurant when she would eat, or would just refuse to go.
"But luckily since she has had her hypnotherapy, Danielle has been able to go out for family dinners and sit around the table with us."
Danielle has always struggled with the phobia but it became most noticeable at the age of nine.
Mum Jayne said: "Danielle would always have issues with other people eating, but it wasn't until she was nine that I knew she needed help.
"We had visited a family-friends house and she had refused to sit at the table, and got very agitated and upset when they tried to encourage her to join them.
"So when we got home from the trip, I decided to take her to the GP where she had hearing tests - but there was nothing that could be done to help her.
"I initially thought she was just being an awkward pre-teen and thought she would grow out of it, but she was very stubborn about the fact it wasn't just a phase.
"So when I read about hypnotherapy on social media, I knew we had to give it a go - and luckily after one session she gradually started to become less bothered by the sounds."
After meeting with cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and neurology expert David Kilmurry in 2018, Danielle was diagnosed with 'misophonia' - hatred of sound.
David said: "Danielle was very sweet and sensitive - the family had almost completely lost hope thanks to the UK universal mind.
"Cognitive behavioural therapy in a light manner is powerful and can help a child question abnormal discomfort and fears.
"Misophonia having said that is very different - it is real you can hear it and it triggers painful nausea so in this case it's a major psychiatric breakthrough.
"It has been life changing for her, socially she can now eat out and hear others it's been dismantled and I cannot be happier for this lovely kind hard working family.
"I'm excited for Danielle and honoured to be part of her personal development - a young person needs doors opened and misophonia had closed many of them."
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