EFT Alleviates Phobia of Dying

Many of us, at some point in our lives, start obsessing about dying. Or, as children, we worry constantly about our parents dying. It seems to come in waves, we go through phases with this death anxiety.

I had a client recently who had a serious condition that would put him in danger of sudden death, and unable to breathe. Even after the illness was healed, he continued to fear sudden death, to the extent of having panic attacks. He had several surgeries

Panic Attacks Wake Him up While Sleeping

He mentioned that, often he would be sleeping calmly and suddenly wake up dizzy, the room spinning around him, gasping for fear of not being able to breathe, even though in reality his breathing was fine.

EFT Tapping on Panic Upon Waking

I decided to start by working on this panic upon waking by having him describe a recent event. As usually happens, the physical symptoms and fear started up right then. We used EFT Tapping on the feeling of dizziness, floatiness, feeling of tightness in his chest that was happening right then. He also noticed that he was having trouble focusing his eyes. Very quickly, the dizziness and floatiness abated and he was able to focus his eyes. His chest was still tight, however.

Chest Tightness Connected to Panic

Using EFT, we worked with the super-alert panic of the fear that he wouldn’t be able to breathe. This eased the tightness in his chest. He realized he wasn’t scared anymore.

Room Spinning is a Sign of Trauma

Next I had him describe how the room spins when he wakes up suddenly. The room started to spin a bit right then.  We did EFT Tapping on that, and the spinning stopped. He felt calm about that, too.

EFT Heals Fear of Death

I had thought we might need more sessions to deal with the aftermath of the surgeries around his condition, but it turned out that his severe fear of death was alleviated after just this one session. After not hearing from him for some time, I called to follow up. He had not been thinking about panic. In fact, he had gotten caught up in all the activities of his life and felt he was just too busy to set up another session. Before this, he never went through a day without several times of panic.

EFT is Effective with Phobias of All Kinds

Although this was quite an amazing turn-around—phobias are not always alleviated after just one session—phobias ARE very often successfully healed using EFT. See my other blog post on EFT with a storm phobia. Also, check out my webpages on EFT and EFT Case Studies for some of the other issues EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) can help with.

Wishing you a free and joyous life,


Tools to help with 9/11 Emotional Pain

9/11 is tomorrow and we’ll be inundated with media images again. This may trigger emotional pain and even trauma for some people. I’ve written two articles with some ideas for protecting yourself:

Bin Laden Killing May Trigger 9/11 PTSD: This article was written shortly after Bin Laden was killed, but is timely for this anniversary of 9/11, as it goes through the symptoms of PTSD

People Are Still Experiencing 9/11 PTSD After 10 Years: This article also details the emotional pain that may continue and get re-triggered now, and tells how EFT works to heal painful emotional and anxiety symptoms .

9/11 Anniversary May Trigger Childhood Trauma

Hope these are useful to you.


Ask Zoe: How to Get to Core Issues


Matthew wrote, “I’ve done a lot of EFT Tapping on my low self-esteem, but not much seems to change. Is it something I’m doing wrong?”

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, works best the more specific and concrete we can get in regard to an issue of emotional pain. For instance, if you think about it, “low self-esteem” is a very general concept. We can think of it as an umbrella issue that has a number of specifics underneath it. For example, it’s made up of at least several emotions—maybe sadness, feeling like a failure, hurt around criticism, anger, etc. Zooming in more, we try to get at specific events or patterns of events that had each of these specific kinds of emotional pain in them. For example, childhood sexual abuse or childhood physical abuse or emotional abuse. Or other painful events or patterns of events that weren’t as serious as abuse but were painful anyway. Some of these result in PTSD and others in relationship problems or various kinds of emotional pain.

EFT Tapping on Specifics

Once we get to the specific events or patterns of events, we can do EFT Tapping. Doing it this way usually results in relief from emotional pain and often physical pain that might be associated with the events we’re using EFT on–that is, we come to a sense of emotional freedom. For more on Emotional Freedom Techniques, check out my EFT and EFT Case Studies pages. For more on EFT Tapping with low self-esteem, check out my YouTube video, “EFT: Getting to Core Issues,” which shows, step-by-step, how we can move from a broad, global issue to core issues.  .

EFT: Getting to Core Issues