- Fears And Phobias
- 57 year old fear of flying vanishes in one EFT session -- 3 month follow-up included
- EFT eliminates fear of flying--over the telephone
- Fear of flying and many aspects
- Getting behind a complicated Fear of Flying case
- A Fear of Flying turned out to be a metaphor for another life issue
- Solid detective work finds the true cause of a Fear of Flying
- Treating "fear of flying" as a trauma case.
- A good example of EFT's Generalization Effect with the fear of flying
- Surrogate tapping for the fear of flying
- Quality session for a fear of flying insects
- Do you want to skydive?
- A fear of flying case with a unique twist
- Brad Reed helps with the fear of flying (followup at end)
- Turkish MD finds core issue for a flying phobia
- Intense fear of flying eliminated with EFT -- with follow-up and interesting side benefits
- Fear of Flying, Public Speaking and All Phobias Gain Rapid Relief From New Meridian Based Procedure
- Fear of flying subsides--follow up included
- Eliminating a VERY intense fear of flying 6 weeks before getting on the plane
- Chrissie Hardisty's former fear of flying
- Simple EFT Basic Recipe collapses phobias regarding ladders, flying and cats.
- EFT eliminates fear of flying--an excellent study in aspects
- No Drugs Necessary to Reduce Fear of Flying, Jet Lag and Air Travel Health Risks
- EFT "on the fly"--the fear of flying
- Second hand tapping on the fear of flying
- How my computer helped clear a fear of flying
- Can we collapse the fear of flying even when there is no airplane around?
- Fear of flying, leaving home is dangerous, and you can never come back!
- Up, up and away--the fear of flying
- What was really behind Janice's fear of flying?
- The bird fear that had an unusual aspect
- Ten year old boy uses EFT to rid his friend of a dog phobia
- A detailed "fear of dogs" case using SPECIFIC EVENTS
- Breaking down a phobia into many aspects
- Fear of birds is minimized in minutes
- A dog phobia case that required persistence
- Success using EFT while imagining a phobia
- A quality look at how to test your work
- Sarah's cat phobia and other newcomer issues
- Fear of dogs disappears as EFT is used on an "unremembered memory"
- An EFT one minute wonder for fear of dogs gets a nanny a new job in a home with a 90 lb. dog
- Was the fear of cats the real issue?
- EFT newbie helps claustrophobic husband prepare for full body scan machine with great results
- The Skeptic & Claustrophobia (or how I was treated like a
- EFT for panic attacks and claustrophobia -- quality approaches
- Claustrophobia has traumatic birth memory as its core issue
- Claustrophobia relieved in one session
- A follow-up on claustrophobia
- Testing claustrophobia results.
- Applying EFT remotely to a driving phobia in India
- Jack Foriska eliminates his own terror of highway driving
- Essential Tremor and a cliff-driving phobia
- A bridge-over-water phobic crosses the Golden Gate Bridge
- Resolving many aspects of Freeway and Bridge Fears
- 40 year driving fear gone: "Now I drive that mountain like I own it!"
- Borrowing benefits brings a welcome side effect
- Using the Movie Technique in client
- Success with Fear of Bridges over Water -- with 7 month update
- Loren Fogelman collapses her own driving anxiety
- Driving fear in Louisiana
- EFT for motorway driving anxiety
- A seemingly simple height phobia with underlying causes
- Successful surrogate EFT on Hiccups, Fear of Heights and a Sore Throat
- Surrogate mental tapping achieves success for a height phobic in a balcony
- Textbook height phobia case--two rounds of EFT and "Poof"
- EFT helps with fear of heights in the California Sierra Mountains
- A height phobia with traumatic roots
- The Fear of Heights was not really the Fear of Heights
- Movies and a fear of heights
- Newbie completely collapses a fear of heights
- Nate's fear of heights: From the Grand Canyon to a helicopter experience
- A phobia with an unusual cause
- The height phobia that wouldn't move
- A couple of one minute wonders - fear of heights and feeling dizzy
- A height phobia in Poland with a classic Apex response.
- Getting to specific events for resolving a height phobia
- A Newbie overcomes her own needle phobia
- Client with two phobias: Fear of mice and needles.
- Challenging needle phobia is eliminated
- Fear of needles is cleared after addressing many aspects with EFT
- Using EFT when having blood taken - even if a vein collapses and you have a fear of needles
- Five sessions of EFT for a severe needle phobia - every detail needed tapping
- Getting beyond a 30 year fear of needles in 15 minutes
- Being creative about a stubborn dental phobia
- EFT clears an obsessive dental phobia: Note the insightful questions involved
- Using EFT for the fear of dentists - including a several year follow-up
- EFT for obsessive health fear
- Client spontaneously recalls important core issue while tapping for Fear of Choking
- EFT for a fear of surgery
- Nurse had a fear of taking blood samples
- EFT for a fear of anesthesia allowed Mara's client to have a lung transplant
- John was paralyzed with fear over his wife's cancer
- Elimination of fear of death and loss of two children in 15 minutes
- EFT helps a 12 year old girl with a dentist fear go from screaming and crying to singing
- Success with infertility issues and "The Fear of the Fear."
- EFT newbie uses EFT successfully on a fear of roller coasters and high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Fear of Gynecological exams cured with EFT
- EFT Newcomer takes care of her own phobia of dead animals
- EFT eliminates a serious fear of vomiting
- EFT for fear of blood tests: Anorexia patient is able to receive hospital treatment
- Being Alone
- Water / Swimming
- Overcoming the fear of swimming in a lake--many aspects treated
- Anthony's water phobia--gone in an afternoon
- Atrial Fibrillation, EFT as a University Curriculum and a Water Phobia session saves lives
- Niki LaMont on a water phobia
- An intense test of a water phobia relief
- From extreme water phobia to swimmer with EFT ... "I wouldn
- A stubborn fear -- The importance of persistence and 'seemingly unrelated issues'
- EFT for different aspects of a tarantula scare
- Rapidly collapsing a complicated spider phobia
- Lainy Wells' first EFT test--spiders
- "I have a fear of spiders you can't begin to touch!!"
- Spider phobia relief as a side benefit
- Two at-risk teenagers simultaneously resolve severe phobias with EFT in one session
- EFT for a child
- High-fiving a spider - a skeptical newbie's first case
- Helping a young girl ride her bike
- It seemed like a bus phobia
- EFT calms a little girl
- EFT for a core fear brings a useful side effect
- Professionally stepping through an intense phobia case
- From being "scared to death of math" to an A in Algebra for a 36 year old returning to school
- A model case for all complicated phobias
- EFT for musicians
- How tapping for a fear automatically brought up a core issue -- birth trauma
- How EFT stopped 2 young boys from crying at the barbershop - a lesson in surrogate tapping
- EFT for fear of bees
- The impossible phobia--how did you do that?
- Tapping to release future fears
- Tapping on a single point brought fear and pain to a halt
- 10 year follow-up on multiple phobias and dependency issues
- Roseanna Ellis helps an 11 year old boy overcome phobias
- EFT's Peace Potential: Establishing rapport and trust with a wasp
- Fear of worms points to critical "core issue"
- Mom uses EFT to help her fearful son ride a bike
- Progress with a "Social Phobic"
- Cell phone phobia
- Fear of social occasions resolved despite not finding the cause
- MD introduces an innovative idea that brings relief for stubborn relationship issue
- Tapping during a frightening movie to remove the fear
- Quick phobia work aims at specific events
- Creative EFT session brings up many specific events underlying a tunnel phobia
- EFT for getting over the fear of giving a teleclass
- Fear of clowns and mimes
- EFT for 7 year old Jasmine's stage fright
- Resolving fear of stepping out of the house brings improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- One brief EFT session releases a fear that originated at birth--Important for serious EFT students
- EFT reduces test anxiety in moments
- A birth trauma was the core issue behind this phobia
- Lifelong fear of "Screaming Sirens" fades after attention to many aspects
- Michelle LaPrise's email phobia
- Deborah Lindsey shares her opinion about three major fears and phobias
- Fear of small spaces...a case with many aspects
- Trouble with math clears up after doing EFT on a "ghost vision"
- Severe tunnel phobic goes through 42 tunnels with minimal anxiety
- Surrogate EFT calms a frightened boy at school - a pipe bomb scare
- Extreme phobia eliminated after finding the core issue
- EFT side effect -- Banishing a show jumper
- Fear of entrapment and a useful way to uncover core issues
- Finding the REAL issues behind two (presumed) phobias
- Stripe phobia
- Collapsing fears associated with a gay man
- A very, very detailed look at undoing a fish phobia
- Some thoughts on EFT for fear
- An intense fear of choking on food was linked to stress at the dinner table and cleared with EFT
- Fear of riding on horseback disappears - but only after getting to the core issue
- Bonnie's fear of stairs
- Mandy Momberg's friend was afraid to be in her own home -- One month follow-up verifies EFT success
- An Intense fear of tunnels in Norway
- 21 year swallowing phobia clears after 2 simple rounds of basic EFT
- Using EFT for stage anxiety
- EFT for the fear of failure/success -- this time with an actress
- Bathroom phobia
- Camera-shy problem disappears after getting to core issue
- Using EFT for the wedding day jitters
- 40 Years of Terror gone after 60 minutes with EFT--smoking addiction gone too.
- Tapping for fear of the
- Tunnel phobia--"oh that is so easy"
- EFT and gay issues - fear of men
- Very simple relief for an intense phobia. What is a phobia anyway?
- Young boy's eating phobia aided by a fascinating intuitive/surrogate session
- Virtual EFT on a motorbike in South Africa
- Young Debby enjoys her day -- no more fear of the Austrian Alps
- Young girl
Using EFT for the fear of dentists - including a several year follow-up
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Here's a VERY intense dental phobia case (along with many other issues) that was successfully handled by Dr. Kiya L. Immergluck. Note her creative methods for testing her work with EFT (easing the client into the dentist's office) and her use of exaggerated humor near the end of the article. Very well done.
In my 25 years of practice as a psychotherapist, I never encountered a person with Dental Phobia as severe as "Erin." Erin came to me over a period of years with many other issues, and often mentioned that she had a "terrible, dark secret" that she never told anyone.
Finally, several months ago, Erin told me that she was suicidal over her problem and HAD to tell me. She was certain that I would be so "horrified" that I would never want to work with her again.
Her terrible secret was that she hadn't been to a dentist since she was forced to go as a child FORTY YEARS ago, and now all of her teeth were very loose. One of her top front teeth was hanging by a thread and she promised herself years ago that when that particular tooth fell out, she would have no choice except to kill herself.
I thank God for EFT because without that magnificent tool, I would not have been able to help Erin. With traditional therapies, it would have taken months, if not YEARS to help her with her phobia. Even then, I don't know if she would ever have been able to face walking into a dentist's office.
By using EFT on the double issue of her enormous fear of going to a dentist plus her equally intense SHAME of not going to a dentist, I was able to accompany Erin to a dentist's office only TWO WEEKS after she first told me about her problem.
In order to make the experience as non-threatening as possible, I agreed to go with her to my own dentist who understood the severity of the situation. We set up a scenario where ALL Erin had to do was go into the dentist's waiting room, say "hello" to him and walk back out the door. Erin was not sure she could even do that much (since she was unable to even say the word "DENTIST"), and both the dentist and I agreed that she could cancel at the last minute, if she needed to.
In a marathon session before her first dental appointment, we tapped on many related issues: fear of walking in the door, shame about meeting the dentist, fear of the smell of the office, shame that it was "stupid" to be so afraid, despair that she would never be able to get all the work done that would need to be done, (even if she could get past her initial fear), fear and shame about anyone ever finding out, etc.
By now, Erin's front tooth did fall out and she was holding it in her mouth with her tongue. She was in constant fear that the tooth would fall out, or that she would swallow it. As a professional woman, she was mortified that she needed to make a presentation at work and might "look like a hillbilly."
We tapped in the car all the way to the dentist's office. I often use humor as a way to enhance the effectiveness of the tapping, so we were tapping about meeting "Dr. Tooth!" Erin couldn't believe it, but she was actually laughing as we approached the dentist's office.
I warned Erin ahead of time that the dentist was very old-fashioned and had the ugliest Waiting Room I've ever seen with fake wood paneling. It looked like it hadn't been decorated since the 1940's. Erin told me that she found that oddly comforting because she thought that a very fancy office might be too intimidating.
Erin walked in the door and shook the dentist's hand very calmly. I was ready to immediately leave with Erin when she said: "I'd like to go in and speak to the dentist in his office."
I was totally shocked (and I think Erin was, also). We walked through the doors and I looked around for an office with a desk. It turns out that the dentist didn't have a regular office and the only place we could talk with him was in a regular patient's room with a chair and a drill.
Again, I turned around to escort Erin out the door, and she said: "I will talk with him in the room." We walked in and she sat on a stool just a few inches away from all of the dental equipment in the room. (At this point, I think that Erin may have been calmer than I was!)
The dentist came in and spoke with her very gently. He told her that he could fashion a temporary solution for her broken front tooth (a retainer with a false tooth attached). He told her that it was a very simple, painless procedure that would take less than two minutes. He even said that he would be willing to work with her sitting on a stool if it was too scary for her to sit in the chair.
Once again, I was ready to leave with Erin and give her time to think about what the dentist suggested. Erin then shocked me, the dentist, and herself by saying: "I'm willing to do it NOW and I'm willing to sit in the chair!"
Except for slight pain while the dentist made an impression of her upper teeth, Erin went through the process like a trouper! One week later, we had an appointment to go back to pick up Erin's new front tooth.
In the meantime, Erin's worse fear happened: she lost the tooth that she was holding in her mouth and had to make her presentation with a missing front tooth.
We tapped over the phone before her presentation. I suggested that she tell the group right away that she just had dental work and would be getting a new tooth next week. I told her that she didn't have to tell anyone about her phobia, and making the simple statement out in the open would make it possible for her to continue without embarrassment.
Afterwards, Erin was applauded by her peers for giving a great presentation and not allowing her dental problem to stop her from doing her job. Little did they know, that it was a much bigger deal than anyone there could have imagined!
Erin is now doing very well with her retainer and is very pleased that it looks very natural. In the past month, I have escorted her to the dentist three times and she has gotten x-rays done at an Oral Surgeon's office.
Each time, we have tapped on different issues that have come up, including an intense fear that came up for Erin about "a big man coming towards her to hurt her." We realized that the fear was probably related to sexual abuse, and she was able to get the fear down to a "O." Before our last visit, Erin said that she was completely over the sexual abuse fear, but that now she couldn't get past the shame of having the dentist look inside her "horribly decayed mouth."
Humor and EFT came to the rescue again. Erin was convinced that the dentist would be so "horrified" by the sight of her mouth that he wouldn't be able to stand it. I said to her: "Let me get this straight: this man who has been a dentist for more than 30 years, has NEVER seen such an awful mouth?"
So, we tapped: "Even though the dentist has never seen such an awful mouth." and "Even though I have the worst mouth that ANYONE has ever seen on this planet." and "Even though the dentist will be so horrified that he will NEVER be able to look in another mouth again. I totally and completely love, accept and forgive myself."
For the final exaggeration that got her laughing, we tapped: "Even though the horror of the sight of my mouth will make it impossible for the dentist to continue his practice, and he will end up homeless on the street and it will be ALL MY FAULT, I totally and completely love, accept and forgive myself."
At the dentist's office, when he was talking and smiling with her after the thorough examination, I took the chance of embarrassing Erin by saying to the dentist in front of her: "I just want you to know that Erin was afraid you'd be horrified by the sight of her teeth." The dentist laughed and when Erin got angry with me for "revealing privileged information," the dentist teased her and said: "You signed that privilege away with the confidentiality forms that you signed!"
The latest issue that we haven't tapped on yet, is an intense gag reflex that Erin has. Each time we get to a new issue, Erin is convinced that it may be insurmountable, but I assured her that we will tap this one away just like all of the other problems.
I am so thrilled with the amazing results I am getting using EFT with all of my clients, that I have changed the name of my practice to: "T.A.P. (Transcending All Problems)."
God Bless You,
Dr. Kiya L. Immergluck, EFT-ADV
Now, it is several years later. I went with her (tapping all the way) to many dentist and oral surgeon appointments. By the time she was fitted for dentures, Erin had no fears at all and was able to visit the dentist by herself.
Erin proved she was solidly at a 0 intensity level a few months ago. She is retired from her job now, and went to see the dentist for a routine check of her dentures. Not only was she completely free of fear, she made an amazing offer to the dentist.
This same woman who couldn't even say the word "dentist" said very calmly (and sincerely):
"I noticed that your receptionist just retired. If you need someone to fill in a few hours a week, I WOULD BE AVAILABLE!"
The dentist didn't need her to work there, but the transition from extreme life-long dental phobia to making an offer to work in a dentist's office was nothing short of miraculous! And we never could have done it without the power of EFT!
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