What is Emotional Freedom Techniques(EFT)
The world of therapy has radically changed in recent years. Modern Energy Psychologies combined with conventional Talk Therapy means that we can go beyond the results that traditional counselling had to offer. One of these new techniques is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
EFT is a tapping technique –it is one of the most important breakthroughs in the area of emotional health and well-being in recent times. It is now scientifically recognised as a major tool in helping people overcome emotional trauma, big and small
EFT is becoming widespread across the globe and is now being introduced into schools and medical establishments.
How EFT can help You
Have you ever tried to make changes in your life but then slipped back into old patterns? That’s because your emotions keep you trapped. Maybe it’s fear, or guilt or anger. Perhaps it’s resentment or worries about being abandoned in some way. Maybe you have trauma from past events or you struggle to trust in others.
Those unhelpful emotions make it very difficult to overcome problems in life. Issues such as relationship problems, communication, confidence and low self-esteem, inability to succeed at your goals, anxiety and panic attacks. It’s hard to overcome these if you’re in a state of emotional distress about them. When you let go of the emotional struggle around a problem it becomes so much easier to manage.
Here are some of the things I help clients with using EFT
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Insecurity and Mistrust
Confidence and Self-esteem
Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Overcoming Self sabotage
How does EFT work?
EFT actually works on a number of levels simultaneously.
EFT is a tapping technique that uses some of the same points as acupuncture (but with no needles involved). Tapping on these points helps to free up the trapped emotions which get lodged when when a person has a trauma. Quite often traumas, big and small, happen in childhood
A childhood trauma can be anything from a teacher giving a child a cross look, to parents fighting, to abuse, to a disaster. This sets off a pattern of emotional distress that keeps repeating itself into adulthood
Sometimes a trauma can also be events that happen later in life, such as a car accident or a sudden loss.
EFT helps to let go of the trauma by separating out the “emotional charge” from the event itself – you still remember the event – it just doesn’t bother you so much anymore
EFT Calms the Amygdala
EFT also soothes the Amygdala – the Amygdala is the part of the brain that controls stress, anxiety, fight, flight or freeze.
In EFT, whilst tapping, we also use specific spoken words to very quickly “rewire the brain” to make ‘cognitive shifts’ – that is to shift your mental perspective so that you can deal with problems in ways that are more effective.
How I use EFT in sessions
In my experience, I’ve found that EFT works particularly well when used in conjunction with other therapies such as Talk Therapy, Transactional Analysis TA and Matrix Reimprinting.
Once you’ve learnt this simple technique, you can take your EFT practice home with you. It’s a life-long tool to help with any future emotional challenges that come up.