Friday, 15 June 2007

2006 - The Sharon Osbourne Show and EFTS

Marie rushed into my office in an ecstasy of excitement. It was late summer, and she had been a little down due to the failure of her NLP therapy.

"I'm going to be on the Sharon Osbourne Show!"

Sharon Osbourne
This I just couldn't imagine. Why would Sharon Osbourne, famous TV personality and rock star's wife, want Marie on her show? And how would Marie, who at this moment in time had difficulty getting into a public toilet without panicking, get into the TV studio?

(You can click on this link for info on Mrs Osbourne

When she calmed down, she explained it to me. While surfing the 'net one day, Marie had stumbled across The Sharon Osbourne Show (British version) and on their site, they mentioned that they were looking for people to help with specific
problems - part of their feel-good, public spirit agenda (yes, I'm a cynic when it comes to the media). Marie emailed the show, and after a while, they came back to her with a proposition - they would feature her on a programme in her current agoraphobic condition, and then, after some Emotional Freedom Techniques therapy (EFT), which Marie and I had never heard of, they would feature the new improved, panic-free, anxiety-free, agoraphobia-free Marie on another show. Marie would get free therapy, get "cured" in a couple of weeks, and Sharon Osbourne would look a kind and caring miracle-worker on her show.

It sounded too good to be true.

Emma Roberts
However, within a couple of days, The S. O. Show had arranged to visit us for a day of on-location film shooting complete with the leading EFT therapist in London - Emma Roberts - a lady who charges £80 for an hour-long therapy phone-call. The therapist had called to get Marie's background and explain EFT to Marie. She told Marie that she wasn't charging the S. O. Show for the therapy - she would get lots of publicity instead.

The day of shooting arrived soon and the camera crew spent a whole day filming Marie with and without the therapist, the therapist with and without Marie, and me taking the kids to the local playground without their mother. Joseph got interviewed. Did he wish his Mum could come to the playground too? -Yes. Did Mummy go out anywhere with him? -Just to see Grandma and Granddad. Would he like Mum to get better? -Yes. ....and more such intelligent questions in between shots of him and Orla going on the swings and slide etc. Emma the therapist was a very pleasant 40-something well-spoken lady who seemed very genuine and confident of her therapy. She told Marie that even after The S. O. Show finished, she would keep in touch with Marie and, if necessary, give her more telephone therapy at no cost. "I'll never abandon you" she said. And Marie really liked her, too. Who could ask for more?

The next day, for the first time ever, Marie went out in her car alone. Over the following days, she drove to local shops, took Joseph to school (but didn't go into the building) and drove to friends' houses. None of these trips were more than a mile in distance, but it was still a big breakthrough. The EFT lady and The S. O. Show team were delighted and set a date for Marie's appearance in the studio for a live interview with Sharon Osbourne. It was to be the last show of the series.

Alas, that was the only noticeable progress which EFT brought Marie. By the week of the proposed appearance on The Sharon Osbourne Show, it was obvious that Marie wasn't going to be able to make it into the studio, and there was nothing of interest to film. The crew said that they might come back to us for an appearance in the next series, but due to falling viewing numbers (same as in Sharon's USA chat show a couple of years earlier), a next series was never commissioned.

True to her word, the EFT lady, Emma, phoned Marie at least once a week for some months until Marie suggested that she should take a break. Even now, she rings occasionally to see how Marie is doing. Nice lady. It's a pity things didn't work out better.

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