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Do you have separation anxiety when you leave your pets?

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Annie Bathgate's client didn't travel with her husband because she worried over leaving her pets. Two simple rounds of EFT resolved the problems and two separate followups verified how thoroughly the session worked.

Hugs, Gary

By Annie Bathgate, EFT-CC

A client was referred to me specifically for her anxiety over her dogs.  As we sat down, "Sara" started to tell me how she never traveled with her husband because she could not stand to leave her precious dogs behind.  She worried about them the entire trip and was unable to sleep or relax while on vacation.  Her face was tense as she described how she hated dropping her dogs, Jack and Floppy at the kennel before a vacation.  She was especially worried about Jack, since he was recently adopted and she didn't want him to think she was abandoning him.  

I was familiar with these feelings for I too worry about my beloved animals while traveling.  However, I have overcome my anxiety with the help of EFT and I was hopeful EFT would do the same for Sara as well.  We discussed many of her worries and fears and came up with the following statements to tap on, each at about a level of intensity of 7 out of 10:

Even though I am worried about leaving Jack and Floppy…

Even though I am worried Jack thinks I am abandoning him…

Even though I won't be able to enjoy my vacation…

After two rounds, many of her anxieties had lifted and her level of intensity was at about a 1 or 2 out of 10.  Her face was calmer and her body was visibly more relaxed.  She was comfortable to end the session at this point, planning on tapping at home with the homework sheet I provided for her.

Recently, I saw a very happy and relaxed Sara.  I asked how her trip was.  She replied that the trip had been canceled, due to bad weather.  "However", she admitted, "I handled the cancellation well, even though we were stuck waiting at the airport for eight hours!"  Because of the weather, the dogs had to stay one night in the kennel, and I wondered how Sara dealt with her separation anxiety.  She shrugged her shoulders with a smile, "I was fine.  They seemed to be very happy when I dropped them off, getting to know all their neighbors in the kennel.  When I went to pick them up the next day, they were exhausted from all the fun they had."  I asked how she felt about traveling in the future and leaving the dogs behind.  "I have no worries!"  Sara happily replied!

About a week later, I happened to meet Sara's daughter, who also frequents our offices.  She realized I was the one who taught her mother that 'tapping thing' and she was astonished to see the change in her.  She said her mother rarely traveled with her stepfather, but now she's open and willing to try it.  Her daughter was in awe to see the shift in her mother's thinking and relieved to see the anxiety lifted.  It was such validation for me to hear from both the client and her daughter, how they could both see the changes in Sara!

Annie Bathgate, EFT-CC


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