KATE GARRAWAY is going to have the hardest time facing her phobias — and all I’m a Celebrity contestants who have revealed their fears are at risk of PTSD — according to a Harley Street expert.
Now the full line-up for the Australian jungle-set show has been revealed ahead of Sunday’s launch, hypnotherapist Adam Cox has been casting his eye over the contestants and predicting who will fare worst against the creepy crawlies, horrifying heights and enclosed spaces.
Although several of the contestants have already revealed their phobias, Cox reckons it is the Good Morning Britain host who is likely to find the experience the most difficult.
Kate — who actually pulled out of last year’s show — is on record saying: ‘I’m really scared of snakes, spiders and rats. I’m claustrophobic and I don’t really like heights.’
So that’s pretty much everything she’ll face in I’m A Celebrity then.
Cox said: ‘Kate will have the toughest time in the jungle because audiences will vote for the contestant that has the most intense reactions.
‘As a person with several phobias she will face more trials than other contestants, and if she does well in those trials and overcomes the adversity, the audiences will warm to her. If she freezes and backs out of the challenges then she’ll be voted off very quickly.’
But Kate isn’t the only celeb involved to own up to multiple fears. When asked about her phobias, former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle said: ‘Heights, rats, snakes — everything!’
Likewise, ex-footballer turned pundit Ian Wright says he’s previously turned down the show ‘because there was more and more jeopardy involved’, but he’s been persuaded after his pal Harry Redknapp won the show last year.
His former teammate Mark Bright also helpfully revealed that Ian has a particular fear of the dark.
Meanwhile, Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp has more than one phobia, including an unusual fear of frogs.
He’s on record saying he ‘hates them more than anything’, but may be better prepared than some of his team-mates as he recently undertook a challenge that involved touching the amphibian while blindfolded.
On the subject of facing your fears, Cox is less than reassuring, saying some contestants may struggle from the get-go.
‘The contestants are dropped into the jungle, so a fear of heights is going to pose an issue for any contestant even before they arrive,’ he said.
He also reckons the experience could be potentially traumatic for some.
‘People often assume that simply facing a fear is the best way to overcome it,’ he said. ‘While this is true in a supportive environment with expert psychological help on hand and when the individual feels ready, it can actually be counterproductive if the individual isn’t ready and feels forced to confront their fear.
‘Those contestants that aren’t ready and are forced to face their nightmare will have a traumatic experience that could even lead to symptoms seen in those suffering from PTSD.’
Other contestants include actors Jacqueline Jossa and Andrew Whyment, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, popstar Myles Stephenson and retired rugby player James Haskell.
While not all the celebrities involved have disclosed whether they have a phobia, Cox was able to provide some general advice for everyone.
‘My advice would be to focus on controlling their breathing and physiology. While they may be terrified, if they focus on taking long deep breathes and attempting to relax their muscles, it will trick their bodies into evaluating the trigger for the fear as less scary,’ he said.
‘This may mean that a level 10 fear is perceived to be a level seven fear. This means less adrenalin and a reduced likelihood of a panic attack.’