Have you ever felt you were stuck in unhealthy patterns (either your own, your family’s, or society’s) which you could not change no matter how hard you tried? If so, EFT might be the right modality for you.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an integrative mind-body healing technique that combines elements of classic psychotherapy, tapping on meridian points, and universal concepts of love and acceptance to heal physical and emotional imbalances.
Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer, developed EFT in the early 1990s. The technique has its origins in Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy, who – as an acupuncturist and psychologist – developed the basic model.
At the root of it, however, is the discovery made by the Chinese thousands of years ago of meridian pathways through which the energy in the body flows. Trauma (physical or psychological), emotions, negative thoughts, illness and/or injury can all impact the energy flow by disrupting it or creating blockages. Activating these points and pathways can help release these.
In an EFT session, after initial questions about the issue the client is working on, the practitioner will lead the client in repeating a series of phrases, while both are tapping on meridian points on their own body. The aim is to accept the current situation/emotions, trace it back to its root, see and accept coping strategies developed at the time, and start replacing these with other strategies.