I discovered EFT(Emotional Freedom Technique) about fifteen years ago and find it invaluable to getting faster results. I use EFT which I sometimes combine with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing), Hypnotherapy as part of a session.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or ‘tapping’, is a very quick therapy which has changed the way we do therapy.
The EFT tapping techniques are a series of astoundingly fast and easy processes can help just about anyone to achieve genuine freedom from the emotions that have created problems in their lives. These techniques have been described by some as one of the most important breakthroughs in the area of psychology in this century. They have been used successfully with thousands of people with a broad range of difficulties.
EFT repairs this short circuit by stimulating precise meridian points via tapping on them with the fingertips. This simple process can be learned and applied by anyone.
EFT has been successfully applied to treat a wide range of emotional problems and issues, including anxiety, fears, phobias, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief, anger, guilt, etc. It has also been applied to enhance performance and improve relationships. In relationships, EFT can help us by reducing the emotional upsets towards our partner, many of which have their origins in our past. Using EFT, couples can overcome many of the barriers to friendship and closeness.
Some problems do require persistence with the technique over a period of time, and sometimes I will use a combination of EFT and Hypnotherapy, CBT or NLP.
It is such an easy process to learn, and I teach it to my clients to use for themselves and their family.
It is especially amazing for children to be able to use it for themselves!
History of EFT
EFT evolved from Thought Field Therapy, which was created byUS clinical psychologist Roger Callahan. Callahan discovered that stimulating acupressure / energy points lead to psychological relief for an anxious client, and through experimentation was able to discover a series of useful points.
Gary Craig, who studied with Callahan, identified a comprehensive set of “all purpose” energy points that could be applied to treat any emotional problem. He called thisEmotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and achieved excellent results with this approach on a wide range of emotional as well as physical problems. EFT Works in a similar way to EMDR and other meridian therapies such as Acupressure. Whilst each one is different in it’s own way, they all work with the meridians (as does Acupuncture) to bring about flow and change to body and mind.
According to Craig’s findings, traumatic memories from the past cause a ‘short circuit’ in the free flow of the body’s Chi (energy) and that is what causes current forms of anxiety, nervousness, depression, headaches, phobic responses and the like. “Once you realize this,” maintains Craig, “psychotherapy becomes easy.”
Hundreds of reports and case studies from EFT practitioners, including licensed acupuncturists and health care professionals, testify to the procedure’s versatility. All of the conditions treated by conventional acupuncture are represented, along with psychological issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, anxiety, and psychosomatic illnesses. Even reading comprehension problems and golf games improve as a result of tapping.
Energy EFT, a method developed by Sylvia Hartmann, takes EFT to another level of positivity, not only relieving the stress or trauma.