Someone once told me they should wear a t-shirt that says ‘EFT saved my life’ and I think maybe I should too! I discovered EFT around 8 years ago, when I was almost better from CFS/ME. After having gone through 5 years of chronic illness aged 19-24, I was still working out who I was in the world. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually I was all over the place, with high states of awareness and joy at times, followed by depression and anxiety at others. I could’ve got a label of bipolar at the time but thankfully I just avoided taking myself to a psychiatrist and preferred the label of ‘spiritual crisis’ or ‘kundalini syndrome’ when I looked into what it could be that I was experiencing (more on this in a future article). I was at a healing fair, and I tried some EFT, and immediately it shifted the emotion and instability I was experiencing at the time, and ease and relaxation came into my body.
I was hooked. I began training in a course that combined NLP, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching and EFT to Level 2 later that year. I went on to do Level 3, repeat all levels several times, organize courses in Sheffield and eventually to train to be a trainer with highly respected teacher, Gwyneth Moss. I used EFT with clients, and most clients whether they initially wanted to or not, were introduced to some tapping in the first session. Many of them also got quickly hooked on the method, and over time used EFT as a key part of their recovery process.
EFT is now my favorite modality to use with clients in one-to-one sessions. It stands for ‘Emotional Freedom Technique’ and involves tapping on meridian points to facilitate inner change. I have clients who come to me simply for EFT to work with anxiety, a specific trauma or a phobia. Many of my clients have ME, CFS, FMS or MCS and are also following amygdala retraining,www.cfsrecovery.com
An email today came in from a client who had used EFT for something big that had come up and quickly felt 90% better about it; I get reports like this all the time, not only from my work with a client, but also what they can do on their own. This is one of the many wonderful things about EFT; it is an empowering self-help tool that many get great results even without a therapist. Saying that, having someone experienced to tap with is very helpful, to provide the safety and containment to work with deeper material and to encourage you to make the time and space for your healing process. Indeed I have regular sessions myself even now to work on generational trauma that still seems to affect me and to keep developing and progressing in work and life.
The kind of things you can use EFT on to support recovery from chronic illness include fearful thoughts, beliefs and feelings related to illness, present and past stressful life situations, past and present trauma, bereavements that may need deeper healing and and also the physical symptoms themselves. Basically anything at all that may be contributing to internal stress patterns and nervous system activation that keep the illness cycle going.
Watch this introduction of EFT and see the web for numerous resources on EFT, or get in touch for an EFT session or to enquire about EFT Training.