Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (sometimes called Tapping). It is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don’t use needles. Instead, we stimulate certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. This has shown repeatedly to reduce the conventional therapy process from months or years down to minutes, hours or a few sessions.
What can EFT be used for?
This innovative Tapping tool can be used in clinical settings for just about any emotional, physical or performance issue you can name. There are thousands of articles written by therapists, physicians and clients on everything from fears to trauma, anger to depression, bee stings to multiple sclerosis, back pain to vision issues, baseball to gymnastics, singing to golf. Please get the idea that this one innovative tool is so universal that one of our mottos is “Try Tapping on Everything.”
Try it for:
- Releasing stress & anxiety
- panic attacks
- phobias & fears
- exam nerves
- Fear of public speaking
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Processing anger
- Dealing with addictions
- Releasing memories and effects of Trauma/ PTSD
- Releasing the effects of abuse
- Overcoming depression
- Managing pain
- Help with insomnia
- Aid recovery from ME/ chronic fatigue syndrome
- Overcoming food cravings and aid weight loss
What you can expect during a tapping session?
We begin with a discussion about what’s happening for you. During this first session, you can expect to experience tapping, its possibilities and effects. You will leave feeling that you have gained greater clarity and have made some shifts, and be armed with a great technique you can use in your life forever more. You will usually leave feeling greater hope, relief and curiosity after the first session. The speed at which we can arrive at “core issues”, or the roots of the problem is one of the most amazing attributes of these techniques, and the ease and painlessness of their clearing. Some problems can dissipate very quickly and you may be surprised at how easy your change and transformation takes place. Others problems can be more complex and present different “aspects” to be worked through. We work at the appropriate pace for you, respectfully allowing you to maintain feelings of safety and trust. Clients often comment how quickly they get to the roots of the problem compared to traditional talk therapy.
During the first session, you will get some indication of the number of sessions you will need. Clients are encouraged to use the techniques on their own between visits. This can both accelerate the process and empower the person to manage their own lives effectively.
The last decade has seen new psychotherapies emerge such as acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral activation, mindfulness-based cognitive therapies amongst many others, which have made improvements to people’s lives. However, EFT is part of an even more effective, fourth wave of therapies. It is a remarkable emerging modality in the energy psychology field which focuses on neural changes at a psychological and physiological level – Energy therapies are faster to work and their effects last over time.
The effectiveness of EFT/tapping has already been researched and published in over 100 journal articles. EFT has demonstrated researched efficacy for a wide range of conditions.
The emergence of this fourth wave is certainly exciting, as it means everyone in the community is now able to access brief interventions which are non invasive, and self directed, and which can change behavior and challenging patterns very quickly. The ability of these interventions to last over time points to the brain changes that occur with tapping.
In the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Journal Review of General Psychology in 2012, researchers stated that EFT “consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions.” http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/gpr/16/4/364/
EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals. (Church)