EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques

EFT therapy is about returning the mind, body and feelings to a state of balance and harmony so we are not limited by negative emotions. Even though you are “designed” to recover from unpleasant experiences or thought patterns, nevertheless you can be affected by recurring emotions from past events such as relationships, trauma or loss. You can also be affected by ongoing or future events such as work-related stress, interpersonal problems and anxieties.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does EFT work?

EFT tapping is a bit like clearing a log that’s blocking a stream where the log represents a stuck emotion in your stream of energy. You don’t have to believe in the theory though, just as you don’t need to know how a car works under the bonnet to drive one. Some people do like to find out more about the theory, while others are happy simply to have their problem resolved.

How do you do EFT?

The method involves “tuning into” the issue and then tapping on specific acupressure points with your fingers. For example if you still carry anger towards someone who has hurt you in the past, you would be asked to think about them, and notice how you feel. But you do not have to relive past events. You just have to be aware that the negative feeling is there. Having therefore “tuned in” to it, I show you which acupressure points to tap, and what words to say as you do so. (Saying a few things also helps to disperse the emotion from the system). Having done that you are then asked to think about the person or situation again and check how you feel. Typically (9 times out of ten), you will notice a significant reduction in the intensity of the feeling. If it’s not completely gone then we repeat the process, bringing the intensity down each time until full balance is restored.

All this is done while sitting normally in a chair.

But won't the feeling come back?

Only very rarely, which would imply that there is a bit more work to do than we initially thought. Of course you can still feel angry, fearful or guilty about other things – and it might be appropriate to do so. But if you have thoroughly used EFT for a specific issue, the feeling will not return. Once you have sent the problem “downstream”, it does not come back up. You will still retain the memory of the event you were working on but it will no longer have the emotional charge that it had before.

The other thing to say is that there may be more than one emotion that needs to be cleared, like more than one log jamming the stream. So using our example there might be the anger towards the person, but there could also be anger towards yourself, or other emotions involved such as guilt or sadness. All of these can be addressed separately, and often when you start to disperse one emotion the intensity of others can start reducing straight way.

Where does EFT come from?

EFT was developed in the United States by Gary Craig in the 1990s but has its roots in acupuncture, kinesiology and psychology. It is now spreading very rapidly in the UK and is starting to be used in some specialist areas of the National Health Service.

Do you use other methods?

Yes I do, but not always. Sometimes in Personal Consultations it can be of benefit to use hypnotherapy as well or instead of EFT. Also there are other energy psychology methods that I may use. So while the format will be different to the example I have just given, the principles are the same.

In addition to being a qualified practitioner of EFT, I am a licensed trainer for the Association for Meridian Therapies.