EFT and Dental Phobias
Many people experience fear when visiting the dentist and some of these people can even be classified as having a dental phobia. When addressing an issue such as a dental phobia, it is important to address not only the present feelings of fear, but, perhaps more importantly, to address the root cause of the fear. This could be something that the client experienced in the past concerning someone else, for example, a child who witnesses his mother experience extreme pain due to a visit to the dentist may come away with a fear of visiting the dentist themselves later in life; or the root of the fear could lie in a past personal experience of the client. Either way, the best way to treat the phobia itself and not just the current symptoms is to bring the client back to the first times they remember associating these negative feelings with being at the dentist’s office. Using the art of reframing can also be highly effective when addressing these types of issues. One my own clients who struggled with a dental phobia could remember two specific incidents in which she experienced extreme amounts of pain at the dentist yet had to remain in the chair whilst the work continued. While working on the first and earliest event, she recalled thinking “I’m going to die.” I used this extreme exaggeration in the set up phrase, so when we began working on the second event, amongst other things, I used the very simple reframe “I’m going to die……….again.” This was just a subtle reminder to the client that, despite her extreme emotions, she did in fact survive. Dental phobias present very addressable issues for EFT, although some may be more stubborn than others. The real skill lies in addressing not only the current fears and emotions, but in finding the root causes of the feelings.
Tania Prince, EFT Master