EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques
"EFT is a simple tool which uses words to tune into an emotional disturbance which is then balanced and cleared"
EFT is a cross between talking therapies (such as counselling) and body therapies (such as acupressure). It’s a simple tool which uses words to tune into an emotional disturbance which is then balanced and cleared by tapping on the meridian lines in the body.
Perhaps the most well known ‘tapper’ is Paul McKenna.
What is EFT used for?
EFT can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms as well as performance issues such as exams, but in my experience it works best on traumas, fears and phobias, anger, panic attacks, and cravings for substances and food.
How does EFT work?
EFT is based on the theory that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system (usually caused by a trauma or past event/s). This theory explains why people show different emotions and reactions and different degrees of stress in response to the same experience. In simplistic terms, the negative emotion is preventing energy from flowing through certain meridians. Tapping on these meridians whilst ‘tuning in’ to the problem will release the negativity and stimulate meridian energy points. EFT doesn’t change the memory but rather the way you feel about it.
What a typical EFT Session entails
After an initial consultation to discuss the ‘issue’, the tapping routine is taught so that it can be used by the individual as and when they need it. One session can often be enough but sometimes if the problem is long-standing or deep-rooted, further sessions may be recommended so that the routine can be ‘tweaked’ to iron out any difficulties and ensure that the client is addressing the core problem. I often use EFT alongside hypnotherapy and other interventions.