EFT is a modality that I added to my integration practice because I found it to be the quickest and most efficient way to shift unconscious blocks and work with shifting old patterns.
But what exactly is EFT and how does it work?
EFT involves tapping on the meridian points of the body; otherwise known as acupressure points whilst speaking about an issue you’d like to shift. By tapping on these points, we are doing two things.
- Giving the conscious mind something to think about and do which keeps it busy so that we can tap into the unconscious.
- Unblocking trapped energy within these channels allowing it to flow freely
EFT can help with almost anything, no issue is too big or too small.
Some common issues I treated with EFT are:
- Stress and anxiety
- Limiting beliefs
- Behaviours and habits
- Resentment and anger
- Past trauma
- Physical pain
- Sleep problems
- Depression symptoms
How does EFT work?
The most important thing to remember with EFT is to be truthful about how you’re feeling. A lot of the time we are in denial about our true feelings, particularly if we feel guilt or shame. Running from or denying how we really feel only pushes emotions deeper into the body and does nothing to make us feel better.
In EFT you’re giving a voice to your problems in a safe and supportive environment instead of running from them. It’s when we honestly face and accept our feelings that they begin to shift.
What does an EFT session look like?
The process goes in 5 stages and looks something like this.
- I demonstrate the points that we will be tapping on so that you’re familiar with the sequence
- We do a short breathing exercise to ground you and relax your nervous system
- I’ll ask you to tell me about an issue you’d like to shift
- I’ll ask you some questions about this issue and take a few notes
- We begin tapping together whilst you repeat after me and tap where I tap
One round of tapping can take between 1 to 3 minutes. Once we’ve done one round of tapping it’s common to find the issue has evolved. I’ll ask you a few more questions and we will update the practice with some new phrases. We then repeat the 5 steps again.
This process of evolution can take many twists and turns. There is no right or wrong way to do EFT, it’s all about following your inner guidance and whatever your unconscious brings to the surface
How EFT is different from talk therapy?
- EFT is fast. It gets right to the point and it’s possible to make big shifts in just one session.
- EFT works with energy. Our emotions get trapped in the body when we don’t fully process them. These blocks create disease, stress, depression and many other ailments. EFT allows us to literally tap into the energetic body and release these blocks
- You can remain dethatched from trauma. In EFT we have ways of keeping you in a safe and dethatched space so that you remain an observer instead of re-experiencing the trauma itself.
- EFT is a tool you can use every day. Although it is exceptionally effective to do EFT with a practitioner, you can absolutely do this on your own! I can teach you a simple technique to use on your own to keep the momentum going after our session.
- EFT is a practice of self-acceptance. In EFT we allow thoughts and emotions to simply ‘be’. We don’t analyse them or try and change them.
- Talk Therapy is cognitive, EFT is emotional. We are very thought-based creatures and although we need our thinking minds, we also need to step out of them sometimes. Insights from therapy can be useful to combine with EFT but they work on very different levels.
If EFT sounds like something that would benefit you, please get in touch for your free 30 minute discovery call!