The Secret Behind Successful EFT Tapping for PhobiasThe EFT Quick Start Method

Dear EFT Community,

Author, speaker and EFT practitioner, Chip Engelmann, discusses how he uses EFT to successfully eliminate a phobia--in this case, it's a fear of balloons stemming from childhood teasing.


By Chip Engelmann

A 14 year-old girl who came to see me for her depression. Like many, she did not know why she was depressed.  

She told me the death of her grandfather made her sad, and we worked through that sorrow fairly quickly.  I asked her what she was afraid of, and she said her mother told her the family was in debt.  We worked through that insecurity rather quickly as well.

Then she told me she was afraid of balloons. 

I like working with phobias early on in my client relationship for a couple of reasons:

1. They are typically easy to clear, and

2. They often have a big influence on a person’s life.  

When a client witnesses the release of a phobia, on a gut level they understand the power of EFT.  But that type of quick success was not going to be the case with this young lady.  On short notice I only found a single balloon to test our success. 

We tapped on:

"Even though I’m afraid of balloons, I deeply and completely accept myself."

And we got her SUD Level of Intensity (scale of 0-10) number down to zero.

But we couldn’t bring the balloon near her.  I asked her to tell me why she thought she was afraid of balloons, and she told me that her brothers and friends used to tease her with balloons.  They would chase her and pop them all around her.  She told of one time when she hid in the closet and they were outside taunting her.

So we tapped:

"Even though they teased me with balloons, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid of the popping noise, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid they’ll sneak up on me, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid of balloons behind me, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m terrified in the closet, I deeply and completely accept myself."

Each time, we brought the level of intensity to zero out of 10.  By this time we had made enough progress that she was able to hold the balloon in her hand, although she did so as if she were going to get cooties from it.  We set the goal of breaking the balloon with a mechanical pencil to test whether she was over her fear.  

We tapped and explored:

"Even though I don’t like the way balloons feel, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid when the balloon is too close to my face, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid of the air that comes out of the balloon when it breaks, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m afraid of the noise when I break the balloon, I deeply and completely accept myself."

Oddly enough, each time we took the SUD level of intensity to zero and she would feel she was now ready, she couldn’t bring the pencil closer than an inch from the balloon.  

It was harder and harder to find aspects of the fear of balloons to work with.  She was no longer afraid, but still she could not bring herself to pop the balloon.  Then it hit me. Something else was going on here.  I tried to look at the big picture, at everything she had told me.

We tapped:

"Even though I’m afraid that if this works for my balloon phobia, I’ll have to deal with what’s really scary, my depression, as I deeply and completely accept myself."

It worked.  She took the pencil and struck the balloon - but it wouldn't pop.  She hit it again, and the balloon bounced away, but wouldn’t pop.  She hit it again and again, even with my razor knife, and it wouldn’t pop.  

Laughing, she gave up.  When she did, the balloon brushed the knife and exploded.  She jumped a little, then laughed.  The fear was gone.

Often, a phobia is not just a phobia, but is tied to and expressing a much deeper issue.  The deeper, core issue needs to be addressed before the phobia and other expressions of the core issue can be eliminated for good.

However, she has not yet felt ready to go further with EFT. But when she is ready, we have likely discussed the REAL issue.

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