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EFT goes mainstream

By on August 30, 2014

If you’re like me, you likely teach Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to many of your clients. EFT is a wonderful tool that clients can take away with them to clear past hurts and even install positive states.

If you don’t yet use EFT in your practice we would highly recommend it. It is extremely easy to learn, both for you and for your clients, and generally very effective for all manner of issues. Of course there are a number of subtleties to make the most of EFT. The trick that makes or breaks the technique in our experience is properly pr-framing the technique to the client before you lead them through their first EFT experience. I generally do this by explaining how I first learned the technique while tapping on the points so the client can see what is expected of them, and finishing the story by telling the client how much relief I experienced.

Here a few more ‘tricks of the trade’ to use before the tapping begins:

  • When checking in on the Subjective Unit of Distress (SUDs) before beginning the tapping, encourage the client to increase the negative feelings. This shows them unconsciously that they are in control, and also makes it easier for them to experience a reduction in the SUDs.
  • Get the client to change their physiology before tapping. This will likely automatically reduce the SUDs scale. There is nothing like stacking the deck in your (and of course the client’s) favor!

Off course, EFT is not recognized by the medical establishment, so it’s all-ways nice to see it getting the credit it deserves, in this case via a neuroscientist teaching the technique to a psychiatrist, via HuffPost: is how EFT works: I select a problem that causes me distress. I pick a recent loss and I name the emotion I feel (for me, sadness, as opposed to anger, anxiety, craving, etc.). I then summon up the feeling of sadness, focus on where it manifests in my body (the pit of my stomach), and rate my distress on a scale from one to 10 (it was 7/10 that day for me). Then I repeat, “Even though I have this sadness, I deeply love and accept myself” (I pause before I say this, thinking, “Do I really?”) — and I begin to tap in the nine points that Dr. Tranguch demonstrates for me, while repeating the reminder phrase “this sadness.” Adding to the quirkiness, I also follow Dr. Tranguch as he rolls his eyes in different directions, counts forwards and backwards, and hums a bar of a familiar song (for me, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”). I feel pretty silly. But I also trust Dr. Tranguch, and I try my hardest to focus on the feeling and believe what I’m saying to myself. Serina Deen, M.D., MPH: Tapping Away Trauma: ‘Emotional Freedom’ Techniques

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