was a relatively unknown and little used emotional therapy when I first came across it in 2002. Since then it has slowly and steadily become well accepted and recognised not only in the complementary health field but also within the NHS. It is often fondly referred to as that weird "tapping thing" but, nevertheless, weird or not it can and does transform lives. I feel honoured to have been able to share some truly amazing experiences with my clients over the years using this wonderful process. I hope to be able to share those experiences with you too.
EFT can be described as emotional acupuncture – without needles! Throughout a session you and I will focus on your particular emotional problem or issue and gently tap on your skin using our fingertips on specific points around the eyes, face, head and hands. Tapping in this way has such a powerful impact that negative emotions are often quickly reduced or even eliminated.
If we are stressed, angry, fearful, phobic or anxious then our mind, body system goes into the fight or flight stress response. If this response is ongoing we often become worn out, sick, overweight and generally unhappy. This is when tapping becomes an extremely useful and effective technique since if used correctly* it stops this stress response. Scientific studies** have shown that using EFT retrains the limbic system and permanently alters the brain’s neural pathways – in other words it literally rewires the brain so that a previously negative event is perceived in a completely new more positive way.
Amazingly, EFT can also be used on physical issues too which we now know are often related to thoughts, emotions and beliefs. In fact, with EFT “you can try it on everything”!
If you want to overcome fears, phobias, panic and stress or a trauma – then use it!
If you want to build your self esteem, increase your motivation and build a clearer, brighter future - then use it!
If you want to discover peace from negative memories, traumatic events, relationship problems and childhood issues - then use it!
I adore EFT! I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t use it – either on myself or when working with a client. I can often be heard telling people that if someone told me I had to give up all my therapeutic techniques but could keep one and one only then I would choose EFT hands down. I have seen people literally transform in front of me. They have gone from someone in emotional pain without hope to someone who looks at peace and full of excitement about the future. You cannot get better than that – can you?
*Working safely with an experienced practitioner is more likely to bring about the most powerful results but it can be learned and used effectively by individuals themselves.
** Research at the Harvard Medical School has shown that tapping decreases activity in the hippocampus and the amygdala. Research also showed that EFT helps with phobias, anxiety, PTSD, public speaking and depression
Please note – Although EFT has produced some remarkable results, it is still considered to be in the experimental stage. It is not a substitute for professional Medical advice and treatment. Always consult a qualified health practitioner if you have any concerns over your health.
EFT: So simple a child could do it!
Have you ever wondered why you keep doing things that you don’t want to do? Things like overeating when you really want to lose some weight or drinking alcohol when you were determined this time to stop for good. Well this is because the part of your mind which is running the show is the unconscious part of your mind. You may consciously wish to stop these unhealthy and negative habits but your unconscious mind has other ideas. Since the unconscious part is the most powerful part and responsible for 95% of all your behaviours not surprisingly it always wins! The unconscious part of your mind stores every memory, every event and every thought you’ve ever had, so gaining access to all that insight, wisdom and knowledge can prove to be extremely useful.
If, during therapy, we can communicate with this powerful part of your mind and let it know that you are ready to change then we are effectively bringing on board a friendly giant to help you resolve your problem. This part of your mind actually has all the answers and it knows what’s best for you so it will always take care of you and keep you safe. The easiest way to speak with this amazing part of your mind is when you are relaxed or in a trance like state such as hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy or therapy in hypnosis is different for everyone so it’s impossible to describe exactly what the process will be like for you. Often though, the experience is very relaxing and pleasant – think about how you feel just before you fall off to sleep or as you are starting to wake up and you get some idea. We don’t have to be sitting all comfy and safe in a chair either to be in a trance! I am sure you’ve had one of those days when you have driven your car and cannot remember the route you have taken – this is because you have been in a driving trance and most likely day dreaming for the entire journey.
Contrary to popular belief, whilst in hypnosis you are always in complete control, you may be very much aware of what’s happening and your mind will always protect you from doing anything which violates your personal values.
When I am working with you I may not always use hypnotherapy but only do so when I feel it is in your best interest. When working over the phone or on Skype I will be more likely to use other techniques. I will never use hypnotherapy if you do not wish me to.
Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neuro linguistic programming started out as the study of human excellence and has evolved into a very sophisticated approach to understanding the way humans think, feel and behave... I often tell my clients though that NLP is a just a “fancy branch of psychology”!
Neuro refers to your neurological system. We all make sense of the world through our senses - what we see, hear, touch, taste, smell and feel. This sensory information eventually becomes translated into our emotions, our behaviours and our physiology.
Linguistic – refers to language and how we use it to make sense of the world. The words you speak influence who you are and how you experience the world around you.
Programming – refers to your thinking patterns and how your internal world really works.
As a therapist using these techniques I will closely observe your movements which will give me clues to how you think. I will listen very carefully to what you say, how you say it and even the words you use. Having this information means I can understand what may be happening for you at a deeper level.
Knowing NLP also helps me to ask you the right questions so that I can help you to understand yourself and your behaviours more.
Once I feel I have enough information I can then work out what we need to do together to bring about the changes you are looking for.
NLP – is wonderful for setting and achieving goals, for inspiring action and becoming motivated and for improving self esteem.
"NLP may be the most powerful vehicle for change in existence"
Source: Modern Psychology Magazine