My Son Cruz Is in Therapy for Elevator Phobia


Teddi Mellencamp.
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Facing fear Teddi MellencampCruz, Cruz’s son, is in exposure therapy for his fear of elevators.

“Day 4 of 7. Brand new elevator. Let’s go Buddy!!!” the Real Housewives of Beverly HillsAn Instagram Story video of Cruz (7 years old) standing in the corner a lift was captioned by Mellencamp, 40. Mellencamp, 40 added more details to the caption for a photo she took with her son.

Teddi Mellencamp's Son Cruz Battling Elevator Phobia

Teddi Mellencamp, Cruz.
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“Ok. DM’s blowing up. Let’s talk about phobias. Cruz until this week hasn’t gone into an elevator since he saw a power ranger get stuck in one at age 5. Every time I have to be driven into the garage, I get cold sweaty. He is now on day 4 for Cruz exposure therapy. Everyday a new elevator and he earns rewards – we need suggestions for glass ones. Watching how proud he is fills me up,” she wrote.

The television personality continued, ”We will deal with my driving anxiety and fear of parking garages another time. One step at the time. We appreciate your support. Feel free to share with us what has worked for you if you are like us.”

Fellow RHOBHStar Lisa RinnaPositive encouragement was received in the comments. “Go Cruz!!!! ❤️❤️❤️,” she wrote.

In a 2020 Instagram post, Teddi founder All In By Teddi opened up about her anxiety behind the wheel. “Growing up in a town that was only 8 miles long, I rode my bike as much as I drove,” she captioned the car selfie. “When I moved to LA at 17, Waze didn’t exist. We had to navigate all the freeways with a book (I’m sure!). The Thomas Guide. Wasn’t long til my first fender bender, and since then the anxiety existed. Sometimes it goes away inexplicably, but more often than not I can only drive to my ‘comfort zones’ – meaning places I’ve been to a million times.”

Mellencamp told Page SixA personal chauffeur was number one on her Christmas wishlist in 2018. “A full-time on-demand driver who will take me anywhere any time I want without surge pricing. I despise driving. Especially in L.A.,” she said.

Along with fear-facing Cruz, the wellbeing coach also shares her daughters Slate, 9, & Dove, 2, together with her husband. Edwin Arroyave. She is stepmother to 12-year-old Isabella, Arroyave’s daughter from a previous relationship.

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