EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is an energy psychology approach that involves working on acupuncture points. Acupuncturists have been working on these for thousands of years. It was developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer and Master NLP practitioner and Coach, who studied Thought Field Therapy or TFT with Roger Callahan. EFT evolved from his work with Roger into an accessible and easy to apply modality that spread around the world, providing thousands with relief from physical, mental and emotional issues.
One way of describing EFT could be psychological acupuncture without the needles. Another way could be a talk therapy that also involves working on the body.
You start with a statement of accepting yourself with the issue such as ‘even though……… I accept myself’ inserting your issue in the blank while tapping the karate chop point or rubbing the ‘sore’ spot (‘tender’ on diagram below). The statement you use doesn’t matter so much as long as it is balancing something negative with something positive and feels good to you. Put simply this is because you can’t move on from something unless you first accept it for being there. You then tap around the rest of the points while reminding yourself of the issue.
Here are the basic points:
I discovered EFT 8 years ago and it had such a dramatic and immediate effect on my emotional wellbeing at the time I was inspired to keep practicing. I was in the process of recovery from CFS/ME and was working with some underlying emotions that kept surfacing, my first tapping experience was just for a couple of minutes and I felt so light and free. I began training soon after and first started working with clients 2 years later, ranging from supporting people to recovery from chronic illness, to phobias, anxiety and stress. I did further training to be a trainer in 2011 and in working with trauma in 2012, and am now an Accredited AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques) Master Trainer.
I have had clients over periods of time ranging from 1 month to 3 years of working together fully recover from Chronic Illness such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, who attribute a lot of their recovery to EFT. Some of these clients have gone from being pretty much housebound to being fully well and integrated back into normal life. I have had clients move through a simpler issue in one session, just as fear about an upcoming exam or a phobia. One of the principles of EFT is to ‘try it on everything’. An EFT students yesterday wrote to me amazed to discover that even a long standing back issue can clear up in a few rounds of tapping.
To find out more about the tool there are numerous resources on the internet, including You Tube, and check out these recommended websites www.emofree.com, www.tappingqanda.com and www.EFTfree.net. Also see my website for personal sessions and EFT Training information. I also recommend Gwyneth Moss and the EFT Gathering she has developed.