on the approaches and techniques used
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
What is Emotional Freedom Technique?
Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a form of psychological intervention that draws on various theories and modalities, including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy.
The field of energy psychology, of which EFT is a part, is an emerging modality based on principles that are at least 4,500 years old; those same principles which are the foundation of disciplines such as acupuncture and acupressure, where specific points on the skin are stimulated in order to create distinct neurological effects.
EFT has been described as a form of ‘psychological acupuncture’; it is a way of quickly and efficiently reducing high levels of negative emotion (e.g. panic, stress, anger) to more manageable levels, through tapping on a series of specific points on the body and making a series of eye movements.
By stimulating the flow of energy, the body’s own healing network can be activated. It has been used to treat psychological and emotional reactions such as phobias, anxiety, depression, anger issues, shame, guilt, and unconscious, negative self-beliefs, as well as physiological issues such as the physical effects of stress (for example headaches). It has also been used to address un-useful habits of thought and behavioural patterns.
It may also help with deeper psychological issues, such as trauma, when used in conjunction with other, traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.
EFT is very easy tool to learn and to teach to others, which makes it a useful tool when working with clients, as it offers them an effective tool to use between sessions, and it gives them a tool for life.