Emotional Freedom Techniques - what is it exactly?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), sometimes known as “tapping”, is one of the easiest and quickest ways to treat clients with problems that can initially seem overwhelming. For many clients, EFT is a treatment that successfully resolves their issues, often in just one session. And one of the reasons it’s so quick and successful is that it doesn’t require any particular beliefs. Clients don’t need to be persuaded that it will only work if they believe hard enough; it just works!
Using EFT to resolve issues that cause pain
"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system" according to Gary Craig, the original pioneer. You see, EFT clears blockages on the body’s energy meridians; it resets the body’s pathways back to their natural “factory default” settings and, in doing so, helps clients resolve the issues that cause them pain. They might have a difficult relationship with food and be unhappy with their size. Perhaps they’re irrationally scared of mice or have a fear of flying. Sometimes they have problems with self-esteem. I have used EFT with many clients who had similar problems, to great success.
EFT is a treatment that combines the physical and the emotional with the verbal. Sound complicated? It really isn’t!
What happens in an EFT session?
During our session I’ll ask you to tell me all about the issues, experiences and negative memories that are upsetting you. Talking will help you clarify which emotions the experience or memory triggers in you. Perhaps it’s ‘anger’, ‘fear’, ‘sadness’, ‘hurt’, ‘guilt’ or maybe something else entirely; because you're being precise about your feelings we’re able to target the therapy to make it super-effective. With this knowledge we’ll build phrases that perfectly convey how you feel.
Using the words you’ve shared we’ll tap acupressure points on your hand and upper body. While we’re tapping I’ll be watching for the little clues your unconscious reveals that will help identify the deeper issues. Our unconscious minds hide the truth from us, but there are tell-tale signs and I’ll be there to spot them. When we touch on something that has an emotional charge for you we’ll work a little more deeply on that issue until the emotion is cleared. When it’s clear, we’ll move on to the next issue, and so on until all the aspects of the problem are cleared.