Healing with Emotional Freedom Technique
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines three different systems of treatment connected through mind body interactionism to create relief from challenging emotional, psychological and physical symptoms.The technique incorporates the use of exposure, cognitive behavioral and somatic therapy to deliver an overall treatment that once learned can be implemented by any individual, thus empowering the client and allowing them to be at the helm of their own healing.
The basis of the technique is tapping on acupuncture meridian points in the upper body while at the same time focusing on the negative emotional, mental or physical issue that is creating the problem.The negative statement is coupled with a positive statement while at the same time tapping a sequence of meridian points.The tapping is the somatic therapy, focusing and verbalizing the negative content is the exposure therapy and the positive statement is the cognitive behavioral aspect of the treatment.
These meridian points are connected to the upper vagus nerve which is myelinated, meaning they have a very quick response to any stimuli.This works in conjunction with the amygdala in the brain which is the “old brain” responsible for our survival and flight, fight or freeze response. Tapping these points and activating the vagus nerve has a naturally soothing effect on the body.When tapping is done in combination with focusing on an unresolved issue and framing a positive statement to offset it, your body remains relaxed which in turn nullifies the associated traumatic emotion from the unresolved issue.Tapping on the meridian points balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain and produces a neutral emotional state which when linked with previous traumatizing symptoms brings the body out of the hyper or hypo arousal state.This essentially calms the body, mind and emotions related to the issue so it no longer has control over the client’s state of health and wellbeing.
Working with a qualified therapist while using this technique can bring even greater results.A therapist can assist you in honing in on the small nuances of an issue and break it down to its smallest components so it can effectively be dealt with through the tapping technique.Some individuals can achieve long lasting results from just a few tapping sessions while others may need more detailed treatments to create a sense of well being.
As a Heilkunst practitioner and Counsellor Faye Stefan combines EFT with Sequential Timeline Therapy.The use of EFT can assist the client in alleviating symptoms immediately while Sequential Timeline Therapy ensures the root cause of the symptoms are extinguished and movement toward personal growth can flourish.