For some reason, there's an idea out there that if you were truly interested in helping people then you would do it for free. The problem with this reasoning is that it would severely limit the number of people able to do it and the quality of their "help" would be pretty low. People who can truly help other people are experts and professionals. They do counseling, they write books, they manage large (therefore expensive) websites and/or they can give you amazing information at your fingertips. All of this costs money and takes time - the amount of time other people spend working.So with that out of the way, allow me to introduce you to the people I'm currently working with online.
The first is Rich Presta, author of the "Emetophobia Recovery System" which I recommend as the best inexpensive self-help system you can buy. If you can't afford any sort of therapy, this is for you. And even if you can, it's worth buying and reading. I like Rich because a) he's suffered from a severe phobia himself and b) he's an independent scholar like me, which means he does in-depth academic research before he writes. Rich has written and put together several systems similar to "Emetophobia Recovery" for people with panic attacks, driving phobias, flying phobias, and for children with anxiety. Rich now owns the "International Emetophobia Society" or www.emetophobia.org. This is a large international site that gets a ton of traffic. It now boasts over 14,000 members - and those are the people willing to sign up - imagine how many more people lurk there. I moderate that site which for me means spending time and giving out advice and help for free. Both Rich and I try not to pollute the site with ads about our money-making services, although that information is available.
Someone I met just a few weeks ago is Santiago Demierre who makes his money more through traditional social networking - twitter, facebook, blogs. But Santiago has a great little blog at www.overcomeemetophobia.org He writes short blogs and seems to endorse several of the online anxiety-help programs. But his site has no advertising at all, which is awesome.Among Santiago's endorsements is Rich's program which I believe is just as good as any of the rest and significantly cheaper. I just wrote an article for Santiago with my story so check his page out again in a week or so. I hope he can help me to get the word out around the internet that emetophobia is treatable and people can enjoy anxiety-free lives just as I do!