What is EFT?

EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is an add-on to psychotherapy that helps to reduce the emotional intensity surrounding an event. In other words, it is therapy for people who are afraid of therapy.

Have you ever had an unpleasant experience with therapy in the past or have you heard horror stories from other people about things that happened in therapy. It’s not uncommon for therapists to assist a client in dredging up traumatic experiences that have been suppressed for years and then not knowing how to bring healing and resolution to it. That is not the case when EFT is used. EFT is a gentle, solution-focused process. That is one of the many reasons that I gravitated to it. I was a Math major as a college undergrad and I worked as a computer programmer for many years before changing my path and earning my master’s degree in clinical Psychology. I like to solve problems not just talk about them. EFT has proven evidence that it relaxes the nervous system and reduces stress hormones, making it easier to see events with more clarity and objectivity rather than raw emotions.

Emotional Freedom Techniques is plural because there are a number of techniques or processes that can be used to allow healing to take place even when the client is unable or unwilling to verbally talk about the event. The subconscious mind remembers everything. Just identifying a body sensation or a vision or scent can trigger the subconscious mind to focus in on the problem and start to release it. Other processes also have a built-in distancing that allows the client to be the observer instead of the participant in the emotional event.

Emotions are energy and they are meant to flow through our bodies. When an event occurs that has strong emotions associated with it, including, fear, shame, embarrassment, humiliation or pain, that energy can get stuck in the body. When that happens it causes a disruption in the body’s natural function. That disruption leads to physical and/or emotional pain or behaviors that have a negative impact on your life.

I know we all face some traumatic events to one degree or another. How we deal with it is what determines who we are today. Facing and confronting those fears is an act of courage and I respect that. I know that clients go to therapists with some trepidation because they are trusting the therapist with their heart, their vulnerability and their painful memories. It is my intention and my duty as a therapist to help the client heal in the fastest, most complete and painless way possible. It’s your choice, you can do nothing and hope that someday, you won’t be affected by your past or you can take action now and regain control of your emotions and your life. Take this first step and make this the first day of your empowered life.

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