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EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

In 2015 I decided to train as an EFT practitioner, having heard a lot of good press about the effects of this holistic therapy tool, which worked on the meridian energy system. 

After several months of training, I finally became a member of AAMET and attained the AAMET Accredited EFT Practitioner Certificate. EFT has enhanced my counselling skills tremendously and has been a useful addition to my therapy toolkit.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counselling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine, including acupuncture, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), energy medicine and thought field therapy(TFT). It is best known through Gary Craig's EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. EFT and similar techniques are often discussed under the umbrella term "energy psychology".

Advocates claim that the technique may be used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders, and as a simple form of self-administered therapy. 

Lots of medical research has been carried out in the USA and the UK. EFT has been known to help war veterans, who had undergone years in therapy but were unable to overcome panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

How does it work?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a holistic body/mind self-help method – a process of mindful and intentional tapping (gently, with fingertips) on several acupuncture meridian end-points on the face and upper body. An EFT intervention utilizes the same pathways/channels found in traditional Chinese energy medicine.

EFT or “tapping” is easy to learn and flexible enough to be used by anyone. It can allow us to transform the way we respond to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and troubling memories (with pain, tension, stress…). Whether it’s used alone or together with an experienced practitioner, EFT can bring surprising (and lasting) relief, change the energy we bring to any life situation, and so much more. As we explore EFT for ourselves, we can become more aware of how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect us physiologically.

As an integrative counsellor and life coach, I integrate EFT in my counselling and coaching work. Clients who have benefitted from this form of therapy, presented symptoms akin to PTSD, phobias, such as fear of flying, addictions (alcohol, caffeine and chocolate) as well as confidence issues, anxiety and panic attacks and also weight management issues. EFT has also helped some clients who suffer pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS and other muscular conditions. Very often Client’s will report a ‘shift’ has taken place when they have undertaken EFT. It is an effective therapy tool that they can take away from their therapy session and continue to use as and when they feel they need it.

The Tapping Points:

By gently tapping on certain parts of the head, hand and upper body, as well as repeating sentences to help release negative emotion pertaining to the client’s thoughts and feelings, EFT helps to alleviate the issue the client is dealing with.

Positive affirmations of “I am ok” or “I love and approve of myself”, are incorporated into the dialogue to help the client develop acceptance and overcome negative mind chatter that invades the mind and keeps the client in a heightened state of anxiety.

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