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Using EFT

Passing a driving test using EFT - a case with many aspects

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

This article by Helen Mc Crarren from Ireland is an excellent example of the many aspects that can contribute to some issues. Her client had previously failed her driving test 11 times and thus some detective work was clearly in order.

Hugs, Gary

By Helen Mc Crarren

Jane came to see me after she had failed her driving test 11 times. She is forty years old and lives in the countryside with her two sisters, both of whom cannot drive. Her father had died 6 months earlier and now she had no qualified driver to go out on the road with her. This was having a serious impact on her daily life. I saw Jane for four sessions related to her driving test.

On the first session we tapped on the fact that she had already failed 11 times. We covered a lot of aspects like, I must be stupid, I will never pass ... It will be the same old story. After we got these down to 0 on a scale of 0 to 10, we worked on thinking about doing her driving test. This brought up many interesting aspects.

Before Jane could do her test, she needed to apply for it. This involved making a phone call to the driving test department. Jane has a very slight speech impediment. We tapped on:

Even though I am no good on the phone...
Even though they won't understand me and then I will feel awful...
Even though it's embarrassing. I will need to call my sister to finish the call and they will know I am stupid....

We worked on some previous situations where these fears had already happened. GC COMMENT: These previous situations, or Specific Events as we now like to call them, are usually more foundational than the more generalized approaches used above.  See Uncovering Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Tapping Process.  When we got it down to 0 we finished the session. When Jane came back for session two she had booked her test and she had made the call without any assistance from her sister.

The main focus of the second session was on meeting the instructor, answering the questions about what is under the bonnet (the hood of the car) and hearing the door close and being alone in a car with a male. We then worked on some sexual abuse issues.

At the beginning of session three my husband met her and role played the instructor asking her the questions about the mechanics of the car. Session three then focused on actually driving the route. One big thing was coping with the silence of the instructor and her feeling of anxiety when he used his pen. Jane assumed she had done something wrong when he would use his pen. Then we focused on the parts of the route she found difficult, driving through a pedestrian crossing, traffic lights.

GC COMMENT: Excellent!  Digging for the specifics underlying the problem is a key to doing in-depth EFT work.

Session four took place the evening before the test and I went around the route with her. She was very nervous for the first 5 minutes I was in the car. I could see her knuckles gripping the wheel. However she relaxed and drove very confidently around the route. Next day she successfully passed her driving test.

Helen Mc Crarren


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