What is Emotional Freedom Technique and can it really help me? Also known as "EFT", or "tapping", EFT is a method shown to be effective for anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, pain, and various other conditions of the emotional, psychological and physical bodies. It can even help your professional performance improve! Emotional Freedom Technique is backed by research, and based on the understanding that emotional traumas can also negatively effect our physical body.
There are numerous clinical trials showing its effectiveness from a multitude of conditions, emotional, psychological and physical. EFT can very quickly and often gently reduce the emotional impact of memories and events, even into the distant past that trigger may be triggering emotional distress, or even unknowingly feeding chronic pain, illness, or unhealthy and patterns keeping you stuck where you are.
EFT incorporates components of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure by using your fingertips to tap on 13 acupressure points...hence the nickname, "tapping." There are a number of peer-reviewed research papers demonstrating that EFT is effective, one of these is listed below:
How can EFT help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in EFT coaching. It can be a remarkable "first aid tool" for emotional or even minor physical "emergencies"; and can help you find your way to new and more effective coping methods and strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative and professional blocks. It can even be helpful with chronic pain conditions or excessive more acute pain in some cases, headaches, stomach or other unpleasant and persistent physical symptoms of unknown origin (assuming you have sought adequate medical evaluation and no cause can be determined). EFT coaching can be a tremendous asset to facilitating personal growth in many aspects of life. Clients often find themselves with a fresh and more positive perspective on a difficult problem or renewed motivation and clarity of direction/path toward a stalled goal, that they had perhaps not seen or thought of before. The benefits you obtain from therapy are individual, some see significant shift in a single session and others require additional exploration sessions to get the the key factor(s) standing between them and achieving the wellness they desire.
Some of the benefits available from therapy may include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Attaining insights for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek EFT coaching, sometimes issues you have been working on with a counselor/therapist for a prolonged time improve significantly during these sessions (sometimes not)
- Have a new tool to use to cope with trauma, stress, anxiety, and pain (physical as well as emotional)
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures more gracefully, comfortably and effectively
- Improving communications with others; improved relationships because of this
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones; seeing old paradigms in a new and more constructive light..."reframing"
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
- Overcoming cravings, and self destructive habits
- Finding renewed motivation and direction, or even clarity regarding a desired goal
Why do people get coaching for EFT; and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different reasons for seeking coaching for EFT. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need help overcoming issues such as low self-esteem, depression, grief, PTSD, anxiety, addictive behaviors, repetitive patterns in their relationships, professional, spiritual or other aspects of life including finding subconscious programs and blocks impeding them, resolving stuck conflicts and creative blocks. Many athletes have used EFT to help them accel in their sport. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In general, people seeking Emotional Freedom Technique coaching are seeking to address the challenges in their lives and make changes toward a nd healthier and more whole existence.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Unfortunately not at this time. Insurance carriers currently do not cover these services.
Confidentiality is a very important component of the relationship between a client and EFT coach. Success in coaching with EFT requires a high degree of trust so that the client can feel safe and free to discuss sensitive issues when these arise; though in EFT, a client does not necessarily need to fully verbalize the details but can assign a title the the "movie" or story playing in their head and we can approach it that way, if the topic is too sensitive for them approach more directly. You can expect to see a copy of the disclosure and confidentiality agreement before your coaching session. What you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. However, if for some reason you want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney, or designated family member or caregiver), you will be asked and required to sign a release of information form giving me permission to speak with or release written information to said person/parties.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires therapists to report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.