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EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques

Tapping HandsUsing meridian energy points on the body to heal has been practiced for thousand of years in Chinese medicine, through the use of acupuncture and acupressure. Based on these same principles, Roger Callahan developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Gary Craig, a personal performance coach, expanded and modified this method to evolve into (EFT) Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as “tapping.” EFT is one of the current therapies referred to as “Energy Psychology,” which works directly on the body to produce psychological change.

… EFT is an emotional form of acupuncture except that we don’t use needles. Instead, we tap with the fingertips to stimulate certain meridian energy points while the client is ‘tuned in’ to the problem.” – Gary Craig

EFT works through a precise sequence of tapping, with your fingertips, on acupressure points on your head and body, while focusing on and repeating a statement describing an emotional disturbance or physical discomfort you may be experiencing. The series of tapping balances the body’s energy system, which leads to relief (or “emotional freedom”) and healing.

While learning the tapping sequence is a valuable part of using EFT for self-help (or between sessions), clients often need assistance phrasing the statements to be used during tapping. It is necessary to reach the core issues, and statements that are too broad must be broken down into manageable, more refined wording. I have established client exercises for this process.

The uses of EFT are almost limitless, from eliminating the stress of small annoyances such as being stuck in traffic to much more complex issues such as releasing fear and anxiety. Some of the most common reasons to use EFT include:

  • Weight loss/body image
  • Food cravings/emotional eating
  • Addictions/compulsive tendencies
  • Self-sabotage, fear of failure/success
  • Procrastination, overwhelm
  • Goal attainment, creative blocks
  • Clearing emotional traumas/limiting beliefs
  • Athletic performance, public speaking
  • Phobias/fears/chronic worry
  • Health/pain issues
  • Sadness/grief/discontent
  • Clearing limiting beliefs
  • Relationship concerns
  • Relaxation of mind and body

Many professionals such as psychologists, doctors, and homeopaths use EFT with their patients. Career and Life Coaches use EFT to assist their clients to overcome blocks to reaching their goals. Students of all ages use tapping to relieve test anxiety and to enhance their learning abilities. Corporate executives use EFT to release daily stress and to become more productive. The best feature of EFT is its accessibility: Once learned it can be used by almost anyone as a self-help method.

I hope this doesn’t sound too grandiose, but I’ve been doing energy healing work since 1991 and my jaw still drops at the results [of EFT]. I’ve lost count of the number of phobias, panic/anxiety attacks, traumatic memories, guilt, grief, and physical ailments that have been elegantly relieved (often in minutes) by this procedure. … EFT isn’t perfect, of course. We don’t get 100%. But it usually works well and the results are sometimes spectacular.”
– Gary Craig

EFT is a safe and effective method for dealing with the stressors of life, both large and small. Isolated incidents of upset usually resolve very quickly using EFT. Long-standing or complex, multifaceted distress may take additional sessions to arrive at a comfortable level of resolution.

I teach EFT to individuals as well as in group workshops. With client agreement, I also may incorporate EFT to facilitate forward progress within life coaching sessions. Skype sessions are also available. Click to learn more about how your initial EFT session with me will work: What to Expect From Our First Session

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Susan Leutheuser, CCHt
Transitional Hypnotherapy
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Boulder, Colorado 80303
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Phone: (303) 319-0199
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