"Lots," said Dad. "She spit it all over the coach's shirt. She apologized, saying, 'I was choking to death. I couldn't breathe. I thought I was going to die!'"
Choke to death. Die. Sneezing or coughing in class causes her to panic. Fear of sleeping alone. Hmmm.
The second visit I saw Cindy alone. We discussed the fun of making movies, directing, editing, acting, etc. (This was the subject of her favourite magazine). Once she was comfortable, we made a movie of the baseball scene. Since the actress in the movie (Cindy) was upset, I explained how tapping Cindy now would help the actress in the movie.
"Even though she's scared, she completely and deeply accepts herself."
Then: "Even though she feels she is choking to death, she completely and deeply accepts herself."
I also explained that the Cindy here had to focus on the feeling the Cindy there was experiencing, so the Cindy there would feel the change as well.
Then some reframes: "A sneeze is just a sneeze and gets rid of things we don't want."
and..."A cough is just a cough, and helps us to breathe better."
Then: "Even though I sneeze and cough, just like everyone else, including my favourite actress, I completely and deeply....." We watched the movie again, and Cindy noticed the actress was going to tilt her head forward and down next time; "Because it was silly to let the blood go into her throat."
Cindy then said, "The coach is going to be real upset with me. I'm embarrassed to look at him."
Alex: "Okay. Even though the coach is mad, and hates my guts, it's probably because he can't spit blood as far as I can." Tap, tap, tap.
Alex: "Well? Are you still embarrassed?"
Cindy: "Naah. I'm just a little girl. He's a grownup. It'll be okay."
A phone call a week later revealed her attention in class had returned, she slept in her own room, and was full of mischief and fun again. The parents think I walk on water. I think this case was just one more example of the effectiveness and value of EFT, especially with core issues.
Dr. Alexander R. Lees
The case if taken from the EFT Gary’s Craig site: www.emofree.com with his approval but the case description is solely the responsibility of the writer of the case.