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The surprising similarities between vaginismus and other symptoms

By Cara Ostryn | Jan 11, 2021

If you are struggling with vaginismus, the condition can seem like very complicated and deep-rooted, and very different from other symptoms. However, the reality is that it shares much in common with other physical symptoms and manifestations of anxiety that people can suffer from. If you are anything like every woman that I encounter with…

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Cara’s podcast interview on mental health and The Thrive Programme®

By Cara Ostryn | Sep 30, 2020

If you are thinking about going through the Thrive Programme® and wondering what to expect, this podcast will help to answer your questions. I was recently interviewed for this podcast by ‘The Grassroots Football Coach’ as part of their series on mental health. The presenter, Mark Rivers (view his testimonial video here), is a recent…

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Cure children’s emetophobia with The Thrive Programme

By Cara Ostryn | May 10, 2019

The brilliant Will smashes his emetophobia with The Thrive Programme! It’s incredibly difficult for the whole family when you have a child who suffers from emetophobia (fear of being sick). It can disrupt everything from their mealtimes, to their schooling, to their bedtime. As it parent, it’s not easy to know how to best deal…

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Actress & Comedienne Susan Earl’s experience of Thrive

By Cara Ostryn | Feb 8, 2019

I had the pleasure of taking the lovely Susan Earl through the Thrive Programme recently. In a BBC Three Counties radio interview, she discusses her experience of the programme. She says “it’s completely different to something like therapy, I really genuinely enjoyed all the sessions. I’ve always been an avid reader of self help books….but…

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Stop brooding about the past….it doesn’t help!

By Cara Ostryn | Jan 24, 2019

If you struggle to let go of the past, and often find yourself looking back with regret or anger, the Thrive Programme can help you leave the past where it belongs. You may have noticed that when you feel happy and your self esteem is higher, you rarely think back to the past (unless you’re…

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Jess’s battle with emetophobia and how she overcame it with The Thrive Programme

By Cara Ostryn | May 3, 2017

Emetophobia is an intense fear of sick, or being sick. It is a surprisingly common symptom, and most emetophobes incorrectly believe that the phobia is impossible to resolve. Recently, Jess successfully went through the Thrive Programme and has overcome her emetophobia. At its worst, she became bedbound and isolated herself from life. She was anorexic…

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Overcoming Anxiety in Children – Keira shows how to do it!

By Cara Ostryn | Oct 19, 2016

I am very happy to introduce Keira to you – she is ten years old and has just completed the Thrive Programme. She was an absolute joy to work with – in this photo she is proudly wearing her Thrive rose-tinted spectacles! Keira initially consulted with me for high anxiety levels, that manifested in IBS…

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A brilliant way to beat social anxiety in children!

By Cara Ostryn | Sep 12, 2016

Social anxiety The aim of the Thrive Programme is to create good self esteem – when we feel good about ourselves, we feel confident around other people. However, when we lack self belief, this often leads to anxiety, shyness and embarrassment around people – this is known as Social Anxiety. Social anxiety can often lead…

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New vaginismus treatment website

By Cara Ostryn | Apr 11, 2016

vaginismus treatment I am very excited to announce the launch of my new vaginismus website: Vaginsmus is a symptom that so many women consult me for, so I wanted it to have own dedicated website. Vaginismus is caused by the clenching of the vaginal muscles, making sex painful or impossible. Because of this, sufferers…

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