My son Cruz is in therapy for elevator phobia


Teddi Mellencamp.

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Faced with fear. Teddi Mellencamp revealed that her son, Cruz, was undergoing exposure therapy to overcome his elevator phobia.

“Day 4 of 7. Brand new elevator. Let’s go mate!!!” the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum captioned an Instagram Story video from Tuesday, June 21, of 7-year-old Cruz standing in the corner of an elevator. Mellencamp, 40, provided more details in the caption of a photo of her and her son.

Teddi Mellencamp's son Cruz battles elevator phobia

Teddi Mellencamp and Cruz.

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“Okay. DM is blowing up. Let’s talk about phobias. Until this week, Cruz hasn’t gotten into an elevator since he saw a park ranger stuck in it when he was 5 years old. I have cold sweats every time I have to be driven into a parking lot. We’re on day 4 of 7 for Cruz’s exposure therapy and he’s crushing it. Every day a new lift and he’s earning rewards – we need suggestions for glass ones. Seeing how proud he is fills me up,” she wrote.

The TV personality continued: “We’ll deal with my driving anxiety and my fear of parking lots another time. One step after another. Thanks for your help. Feel free to share with us what has worked for you if you are like us.

Companion RHOBH star Lisa Rina gave positive encouragement in the comments. “Go Cruz!!!! ❤️❤️❤️,” she wrote.

The All In By Teddi founder opened up about her own driving anxiety in a 2020 Instagram post. “Growing up in a town that was only 8 miles long, I rode my bike as much as I drove,” said she captioned the car selfie. “When I moved to LA at 17, Waze didn’t exist. We had to navigate the many highways with a book (I know!) called the Thomas Guide. It wasn’t long until my first fender bender, and ever since then the anxiety has been there Sometimes it goes away inexplicably, but more often than not I can only drive to my “comfort zones” i.e. places where I’ve been a million times.

Mellencamp said Page 6 that a personal driver was the number one item on her Christmas wish list in 2018. “A full-time, on-demand driver who will take me anywhere, anytime, at no extra cost. I hate driving. Especially in Los Angeles,” she said.

In addition to dealing with the fear of Cruz, the wellness coach also shares daughters Slate, 9, and Dove, 2, with her husband, Edwin Arroyave. She is stepmother to 12-year-old Isabella, Arroyave’s daughter from a previous relationship.

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