Jane came to see Julie because of a fear of swallowing imaginary objects, which she had had for
many years. This is her testimonial:
For over 30 years I had occasionally
woken abruptly in the night in a highly distressed state convinced that I had swallowed something which had
become 'stuck' in my oesophagus. The feeling was not one of choking rather that I was not going to be able
to breathe. Over the years the items 'swallowed' included my purse, candles, socks and even the phone –
landline not mobile!
During the daytime I did not experience this feeling with such intensity but
would occasionally feel a slight claustrophobia or have to consciously work at breathing regularly. I have
no memory of any unpleasant experience relating to these feelings. It was not effecting my everyday life . .
. until I went to the dentist in late summer 2005. During a prolonged root canal treatment I suddenly became
convinced I was going to swallow the x-ray plate in my mouth. The panic was real and very frightening – for
my dentist too!
A few weeks later I needed more treatment but was unable to face it. My dentist
told me that some of her other patients had successfully tried hypnotherapy with Julie, to overcome
dentalphobia – my fear was different but I thought it was worth trying . . . I did not want to swallow
I enjoyed my session with Julie. Her explanation about the unconscious mind
remembering bad habits resonated with what I had been experiencing. I did wonder about the 'tapping' and
'chanting' (Emotional Freedom Technique EFT) but in fact have used that on numerous occasions over the past
year. I left the session feeling very hopeful.
My dental appointment was the following week. I arrived in quite an anxious
state as I felt that all my eggs were in one basket . . . what if it did not work? I employed the EFT in the
waiting room where thankfully there was no-one else.
The dental procedure began and when it reached the stage where I had panicked
the previous time a calmness came over me and the very clear, rational thought came into my head – 'Don't be
stupid it's impossible to swallow these things they are too big' and everything was fine.