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Summary: Baerbel uses EFT to rid a boy of test anxiety and help him sleep in his own bed.

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EFT case study: Cures Test Anxiety, Child Sleeps in Own Bed

By: Baerbel Froehlin

While on my vacation in Europe I visited friends of mine in Munich/Germany. They have a very bright eleven-year-old son, who has a sharp and analytical mind. We like to compare him to a sponge, because he soaks up any information you give him.

His mom mentioned to me his problem to focus, especially when he would have a test in school. He would study in good time before the test, but would be unable to retrieve that knowledge when being asked to do the test. Often he has to study all by himself and complains of feeling uncomfortable.

Also, he still insisted on falling asleep in his parents' bed, every night they had to carry him to his own bed later on.

On my suggestion to show him something new and exciting that he didn't know yet he readily agreed to a session. We started with an eight or nine of being upset with his situation.

After a few rounds of EFT: "Even though I forget what I have studied for... I am a great kid"
"Even though my mind is blank when I have a test in school... I am so cool anyway"
"Even though I cannot find what I have studied... I know I have it somewhere"
He went into a light trance, closing his eyes and keeping them closed.
A note: I always ask my clients after they tapped (see What is EFT?) on a specific point to stop tapping, to breathe very deeply and to focus on their specific event before we go on to the next tapping point. I generally use the short version only, without the under arm point.

When I asked him where the stuff he studied would be hidden he showed me the exact spot on his head, eyes still closed. We continued with a visualization into his head, finding a closed door that had a sign outside which read: DISCLOSED SECRETS. As he went into the room behind the door he started swaying and complaining about being very dizzy. Being in the room, while swaying more and more he found a cat, wildly racing round and round and round, like in a frenzy. He asked the cat to stop and why it would do this in the first place. The cat told him it felt extremely lonely, with no-one to play or chat with. As he offered the cat a ball, the spinning stopped, he stopped swaying and started to smile. For a while he played with the cat, until it laid down in its basket and it felt okay for him to leave. He then pointed out to me that he would be perfectly fine from now on with his tests, and that he was now ready to open his eyes. So he did, all this just took about five minutes. After we talked a bit about what else he could do to make the cat feel less lonely in the future, he went to sleep on his bed, completely exhausted.

We agreed that he would do some tapping every night when his mom would tuck him in and that they would talk about what had been good or not so good during the day. He also wanted to tap before his tests and whenever he'd feel lonely or upset in the future. The same evening he told me that during the day he took a kitten to his cat, and they all played together. That night he went to sleep in his own bed for the first time and has been doing so ever since!

I recently heard from his mom that he had done a test in school without any problem and received an A for it. I just really, really love my job!

His mom wrote: While doing a recent English test, he suddenly could not remember how to spell the word "beautiful". Being in doubt if it has one or two "l's" he went to visit the imaginary cats in his head and asked them for help. They instantly gave him the correct spelling and assured him that it is the only right version! When asked, how he actually talks to them, he explained that he'd talk to them the same way he talks to God. The answers he gets are the very first thoughts he receives after his question.

In our session I had asked him to tell me the very first thought that would come up, no matter what it was it would hold the information we were looking for!

This boy really has perfected his imaginary talents. Also, each time before he has tests he now does EFT.

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    Baerbel Froehlin Baerbel Froehlin is an Expert EFT Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, Artist and Health and Wellness Facilitator. In her therapy she uses with great success EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Hypnosis and Art Therapy as a powerful healing combination. She also does EFT sessions over the phone. Baerbel specializes in women's issues, anger, self-esteem and emotional eating issues. She is the author of Hypnotic Tuesdays.
    For a free EFT session and info about her workshops, visit Baerbel's website, Smooth Changes Therapies at www.smoothchanges.com.

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