Teenage girl freed of her phobia of chewing after 14 years suffering

‘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.’

Despite Danielle’s phobia having been present since she was a young child, Jayne claims that it was most noticeable from the age of nine.

She 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 friend’s 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.’

Since having hypnosis in 2018, Danielle has been able to enjoy eating with her family at the dinner table as well as going out to restaurants for celebrations.

After meeting with cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and neurology expert David Kilmurry, Danielle was diagnosed with misophonia – a hatred of sound.

David said: ‘Danielle was very sweet and sensitive – the family had almost completely lost hope.

‘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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