Emotional Freedom Technique – What is it?

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What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (“EFT”), commonly known as tapping, is a form of counselling increasingly in the mainstream with many celebrities turning to it. More importantly, experts are calling on the NHS to start using this self-help technique which helps clients to “rewire the brain”
so that negative thoughts associated with either a physical or an emotional trauma, or both, are negated, and so aid the treatment of a very wide variety of conditions. For example, from fear of flying to Olympians looking for their final marginal gain in the quest for sporting success, to Lily Allen’s addiction to chocolate. A growing number of statements suggest that EFT is a growing and safe treatment and with the increase of demand for mental health services and a decrease of NHS resources, it is strongly arguable that the use of EFT within the NHS should be extended.

How it works
Like conventional medicine, the client does need to take responsibility for their own welfare. At the start of a session the client will voice their presenting issue thereafter, they tap the meridian points guided by the practitioner. It is not an invasive therapy and the client remains fully clothed.

Meridian points on the body, derived from acupuncture, are tapped (light fingertip pressure applied) and the patient is asked simultaneously to think about the issue for which they are seeking support. The tapping addresses the negative emotion associated with stress, trauma or fear and eliminates the emotional stress and also any physical symptoms associated with the emotion.

Negative emotion causes ‘energy blockages’ which are the hurdles many of us face in our daily life and by clearing the energy blockage, the client is able to move forward. Whilst wholly different from, for example, the elimination of a physical blockage in the digestive tract, the effect of tapping can be very similar.

Each client responds differently but EFT can prove more effective/efficient that other therapies. In a case study run by the University of Birmingham, it was determined that just over five sessions are required to treat clients using EFT, comparing favourably with other therapies such as cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where around 20 sessions would often be required depending on the severity of the condition. In seeking to address her addiction, Lily Allen had tried hypnotherapy, aversion therapy, willpower, diets and even sniffing vanilla to curb her cravings without any success, before turning to EFT.

Who can EFT help?
EFT reduces stress and anxiety, boosting self-esteem. It enables the client to have better perspective, clearer vision and see a positive path forwards. It is not a quick fix for weight loss or a short cut to being successful, but it will help eliminate the symtoms caused by stress or trauma and help build up confidence.

Almost invariably the presenting issue, and its symptoms change during the session and each new aspect is tapped until there is no associated negative emotion. The session can conclude once the presenting issue is cleared of negative emotion. This sounds simplistic and of course some issues require a course of sessions whereas others are resolved in just one session.

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