All negative emotions are caused by an imbalance in the body’s energy system.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) works by ‘tapping’ with the fingers on our energy meridians (located around the head and upper body), whilst focusing on whatever is triggering those emotions. This switches off the negative emotions (eg anxiety, stress, fear) that we attach to physical happenings (eg an activity that has taken place, or is going to take place an illness, a situation that worries you), in the past, present and future. Some describe EFT as acupuncture without needles!
Do you recognise any of these? EFT can help…
What happens during a session?
You sit as we talk about your concerns and develop an ‘affirmation’; the affirmation describes what is causing your negative emotion and is repeated during the ‘tapping’.
EFT can often resolve a problem in just one session. Further sessions may be needed when dealing with deep-seated emotions or memories, and other issues that may arise as we work together.
You can also try EFT for yourself. That’s a great way to build on the benefits of our sessions.
EFT was founded by Gary Craig. It has proven successful in many scientific studies and may provide relief where other therapies do not.
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~ Gail D, Wandsworth
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The Set-Up and the Affirmation
Select the problem that you would like to address with EFT
Many of our current emotional problems are due to painful experiences from our past. Therefore, the most effective way to really heal current problems in your life is to apply EFT to the painful memories that are the source of those problems. In addition, it is also possible to apply EFT to relieve in-the-moment difficult emotions (e.g., anxiety, anger, and sadness), food and substance cravings, physical pain in the body and many other problems.
Short Cut Version
The EFT “Reminder Phrase”
Come up with a short phrase used to refer to the memory or problem, the more specific the better. We call this the “reminder” phrase because we will use it during the tapping process to stay focused on the memory or current problem.
The way to create a reminder phrase for a memory is to give the memory a title, like the title of a movie. (For more information on creating effective reminder phrases, see the last sections, Picking Good Reminder Tapping Phrases and Using EFT to Heal Painful Memories, hints further down the page).
- the fight I had with my best friend (name them) – (title of memory).
- I’m afraid of flying.
- I have a burning pain in my left shoulder.
- I’m craving chocolate .
- I’m furious with my mother because….
There are two parts to a set up:-
- You repeat the affirmation 3 times whilst you
- Tap the ‘Karate Chop’ KC point or rub the tender spot TP
You do the set-up affirmation by saying a self-acceptance affirmation three times while tapping on the karate chop point. The self-acceptance affirmation has the following form:
- “Even though ______________, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
- ‘Even though_______________, I’m ok’
- ‘Even though_______________, I love and forgive myself
- “Even though I’m addicted to chocolate, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
- ‘Even though I have a fear of ………..
- ‘Even though I have this depression………..
- ‘Even though I am angry about………….
Even though you may not truly believe the statement, if you say it with feeling it will usually work.
Tap the Karate point with the affirmation 3 times.
“I came to see Lucinda because I’d suffered with debilitating exam nerves. I did a four year degree and nearly stopped functioning due to the anxiety but then I went on to do a masters and decided that I couldn’t go through the same experience again. I tried hypnotherapy during the degree but my anxiety was too strong and it was pretty useless. EFT or tapping was something I’d heard about and decided to give it a go. Lucinda was sensitive and strong and enabled me to access emotions and experiences that I wasn’t aware were related to my exam nerves. After 2 sessions my anxieties were pretty much non-existent! I took my finals without the heart-stopping, gut wrenching fear that had rendered me almost useless in my previous exams. I had four exams in as many days and although I was tired at the end of it I wasn’t the emotional wreck I was for the four years previously. I think Lucinda must have a magic wand as the change was massive and happened in such a short space of time, and the effects have lasted. I can’t recommend Lucinda enough!!”