We offer Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and counselling in Bunbury, Western Australia, which can help you to reduce stress, resolve problems, have strong emotional health and feel good!
EFT can help……….
● if you oscillate between having strong self esteem and feeling overwhelmed
● if you experience anxiety or depression
● if you have past traumatic memories (PTSD)
● if you usually have a strong sense of emotional balance, but would like to improve your level of personal performance in some area, (for example, in goal setting, sports performance, artistic pursuits or public speaking)
● if you have back pain, neck or shoulder pain, or aspects of chronic disease
● with insomnia
● with fears and phobias, guilt or shame
● with addictions, including smoking or alcohol
● with eating disorders or weight problems
● with relationship issues
The two videos below by Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, (www.emofree.com) and Dawson Church, (www.eftuniverse.com) give a comprehensive introduction to the potential benefits of EFT.
So what is EFT? Why is it useful?
♦ One of the basic principles of EFT (or ‘tapping’ as it is sometimes called), is that unresolved emotional issues or stress can cause a disruption in the body’s subtle energy (meridian) system. Negative thoughts, certain experiences or memories of those experiences, can trigger this disruption, which is experienced as emotional distress and anxiety. When this disruption is re-balanced with EFT, so is the associated feeling, such that even if we then think about a trigger that would normally lead to distress, there is a significant, positive change in the emotional reaction to the trigger. This re-balancing of our emotional energy can enable a positive change in our thinking related to the experience or memory.
♦♦ When using EFT in its simplest form, you just focus on something that is bothering you while tapping with your fingertips on a set of easily learned acupuncture points. This process typically leads to a reduction in emotional stress.
♦♦♦ EFT acts as a bridge to allow emotions such as anger, sadness or fear, to reduce from a high intensity level to a very low level, or not there at all.
EFT can often achieve positive outcomes on even long standing and significant issues. When issues have a number of contributing factors, the process is a little more involved, but still follows the basic principles.
Events from the past often affect our lives today.
Unresolved emotional issues from the past could still be having an impact on you today.
What are the Benefits of EFT?
1. A relaxation effect which is often quite noticeable. EFT can be used in conjunction with other relaxation strategies. EFT is worth learning for its relaxation effect alone.
2. Reducing and processing of stressful emotions.
Sometimes the reduction in intensity of these emotions is immediate and pronounced (even with big problems),and at other times it is more gradual, particularly if the issue is quite complex, with many aspects, or has been a problem for many years. The pace of progress is individual, depending on a person’s emotional makeup and the factors just described. Whatever the pace of progress, it is usually relatively rapid in terms of emotional healing.
3. A genuine reduction in emotional intensity will often lead to clearer thinking and positive changes in perception about the problem area, enabling a more positive outlook and facilitating the application of coping skills.
4. A generalizing effect, which means that a reduction in the intensity of one negative emotion can lead to a diminishing of other associated negative feelings.
Some Points about the Application of EFT
● EFT can be applied to physical stress symptoms, particularly where there is also a significant emotional stress component, for example with some forms of headache, neck pain, nausea and chest tightness. The body is often an accurate indicator of emotional stress and an equally accurate indicator of emotional release. However many physical health problems or symptoms require medical assessment to determine appropriate treatment, which may include EFT, relaxation strategies or other psychological interventions.
● It is important to remember that while EFT often produces quite dramatic results in reducing the intensity of emotions such as fear, and in resolving emotional issues, it is wise not to see it as a magical cure. Often other related factors, including our thinking patterns and core beliefs, may also need some positive adjustment using associated techniques, some of which may be self- taught or learned in association with a therapist. (There can also be situations where lifestyle factors, including diet, fitness levels or drug and alcohol consumption, are equally significant when seeking to work through issues, and may need to be simultaneously addressed by other health professionals.)
A combination of approaches can often produce the most effective results, where issues are complex.
● EFT works effectively in relation to both rational and irrational thoughts and feelings. An emotional response that is identified as being irrational could lead a person to feel even more distressed, because they may then think they shouldn’t be upset. However, an irrational thought or feeling can still FEEL very intense and lead to anxiety or other forms of emotional stress. In this situation, still use EFT on the feeling and watch the emotional intensity reduce and constructive perceptions surface again.
● A particular problem can have a number of different aspects to it.
Work on one aspect at a time for the most effective results. For example, a problem may have aspects of fear, anger and sadness. Each emotion is worked through separately. Some aspects of the problem will be more significant and have a higher level of emotional intensity. By reducing the emotional intensity of these aspects, some of the more minor aspects often resolve of their own accord. By dealing with a few key aspects, the identified problem will often melt away. Aspects can also include related memories or a specific event that highlights the essence of the problem. Much emotional energy can be invested in a specific memory.
The following two videos demonstrate the basic EFT routine. You will notice that Gary Craig uses the optional tapping point on the crown of the head in his demonstration of the tapping points.
Something Worth Noting
Remember that in general, if you have a fear, for example, a fear of heights or spiders, or an issue that is easily identified, by learning where to tap and following the EFT procedure, you can quite often achieve effective results by practising just on your own.
Some issues relating to anxiety or self-esteem can at times be addressed by learning the technique and practising by yourself.
However, if your self esteem is quite low or you have more complex emotional issues such as past trauma, significant depression or high anxiety levels, please DO consult an experienced EFT therapist to help guide you in the process of effectively applying EFT to re-balance your emotional health. This can be invaluable in the healing process.
The ‘art of delivery’ of EFT is often the key to success.
There are a few variations on the basic method which can also be very effective, but usually require the help of an experienced EFT therapist.
EFT sessions are usually ‘in person’, but sessions can also be conducted through Skype, and sometimes by phone.
Do I need an EFT session or counselling?
People whose lives are going generally well but who would like to improve their personal performance in some area, or resolve a particular fear, can benefit from learning how to effectively use EFT.
Others who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, or low self esteem, may benefit from counselling which also includes other strategies such as relaxation skills or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as EFT.
EFT complements other techniques and strategies, as well as being effective on its own.
Please contact us for more information about EFT .
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