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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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Feeling stuck? Trying to work through emotional road blocks or manage intense emotions and not getting anywhere? Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a complement to traditional counseling and psychotherapy, combines Chinese acupuncture methods with positive psychology. It is intended to address a wide range of issues, from negative emotions to the presentation of physical symptoms. EFT—also referred to as ‘Tapping’—combines tapping on a specific series of acupuncture meridian points, while reciting targeted affirmations. It is an effective support for traditional talk therapy and can help clients who have experienced less than significant relief in the past.

How Can EFT Help?

EFTThe intention behind EFT is to address underlying emotional blocks associated with trauma, one of the primary reasons underlying emotional distress.When done with the assistance of a skilled practitioner, it can clear and heal deep trauma quickly and effectively. It’s also easy to learn as stand-alone technique that clients can use between sessions to address everyday stress, worry, anxiety, fear, pain, cravings, etc. that are part of the issues they are working through.EFT is empowering for clients because having the technique available to them outside their regular counseling sessions can speed the healing process.

EFT focuses specifically on a person being able to identify behaviors or physical symptoms he or she would like to change. This is done by focusing very specifically on that intention in the form of affirmations, then combining that with the tapping pattern. This procedure is done routinely throughout the day for as long as it takes to resolve the issue or issues at hand.

Successful EFT is rooted in a person having a clear intention, well-focused affirmations and does an adequate number of cycles through the meridian points through the day. Some of the biggest reasons people don’t get the desired results from EFT is poorly focused intentions, or adjustments not being made in the affirmation statements after some progress has been made. The benefit of initially working with a seasoned practitioner is learning how to form intentions and develop affirmation statements in a way that will be most beneficial.

The Benefits of EFT

Studies have shown that EFT can decrease levels of cortisol, or stress hormones, in the body after even a short time. It has also been shown to decrease PTSD symptoms, which is one of the reasons some EMDR practitioners will use it as a precursor to treatment with that modality. EFT has also been demonstrated to be effective in a variety of other situations, and is an effective holistic complement to traditional counseling.

EFT has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, along with positive psychology. It is also associated with a variety of other healing modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and Applied Kinesiology.

If you’re feeling stuck, or in a situation that feels like you’re making little progress, feel free to contact us to make an appointment and discuss how EFT might be used in concert with counseling to help you get unstuck and lead a happier and more fulfilling life.


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