What is EFT?
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT is an innovation in the area of therapy. It was first developed by Gary Craig in 1995 and is often referred to as emotional accupuncture without the needles.
How does EFT work?
EFT borrows from the Chinese Meridian System. By using gentle tapping on the body’s meridain points whilst tuned in to an emotional upset or physical pain, the client experiences quick relief from their symptoms. EFT works by calming and balancing our energy system.
How did they find this connection between releasing energy and tapping on the body?
A knowledge of the body’s meridian system is thousands of years old and originates in ancient China. The innovations that led to the development of EFT began, as many scientific discoveries do, by chance. Dr Roger Callahan a clinical psychologist was working with a client, Mary, who suffered from an intense fear of water, so intense that even after 18 months of conventional therapy with Dr. Callahan she would only grudgingly approach the edge of a swimming pool – but not look at the water. Her treatment included rational-emotive psychotherapy, client-centred therapy, cognitive and behavioural therapy, systematic desensitisation, biofeedback, hypnosis and relaxation training, none of which conquered her fear. Dr Callahan who was, at that time, learning about the energy meridian system, had Mary tap on a meridian point under her eye while thinking about her fear.To both Dr Callahan and Mary’s surprise, Mary’s water phobia vanished completely never to return. Dr Callahan went on to develop a therapuetic approach he called Though Field Therapy. Gary Craig was a student of Dr Callahan’s and he developed EFT out of TFT.
Isn’t EFT just a placebo?
Clinical trials measure any intervention’s effectiveness above that of a placebo. There is no doubt the placebo effect is a powerful healing agent. In fact when aiming EFT at a physical symptom we are engaging the body’s natural self healing abilities. However clinical trials, published in peer revue journals, consistently demonstrate EFT’s effectiveness beyond the placebo effect. Interestingly EFT has been found to calm the amygdala (the threat centre in our brains) which is one of the ways EFT may contribute to the cognitive shifts commonly experienced by EFT clients.
Do You come across people who don’t respond to EFT? How do you work with them?
Early on in my training there were occassions where EFT seemed not to be working for certain individuals. Looking back now it’s clear that a lack of experience and skill on my part that was the cause. I’ve even come across people who’ve been told by poorly skilled EFT practitioners that they were just one of those people EFT doesn’t work for. Non of this true. There are poeple who approach EFT in a mechanical, ‘band aid’ kind of way, and there are those who practice it as a kind of art form. My experience now is that multiple healing opportunities present themselves during every EFT session. The key is to make sure you choose and work with a suitably skilled EFT practitioner.
I’m sceptical, will it still work?
You don’t have to believe in EFT for it to work, although once you’ve experienced just how effective it is, you may find it hard to believe how well it works. Often I have to remind my cleints about the problem they brought to the session. It could’ve been something they’d suffered from for years and then it’s gone, just like that. They even have a hard time remembering what the problem was in the first place!
Can EFT help with physical symptoms?
Yes, absolutely. Medical science agrees that emotional stress impairs our body’s natural ability to heal. Often with EFT, when we take care of the emotional issues we find the physical symptoms getting better and/or disappearing. This is not to say that you shouldn’t consult your doctor. I am not a qualified heath practioner and I always encourage that you seek the appropriate medical advice. However EFT can definitely help alleviate physical symptoms as documented in dozens of clinical medical trials. For more on EFT research visit www.eftuniverse.com.
I’ve heard hypnotherapy is very good, is EFT more effective?
That’s a hard one to answer. It would be very difficult indeed to gather enough evidence to prove conclusively the case in either direction. Drawing on my personal experience I’d say that hypnotherapy is a vert effective form of therapy. I’ve had over ten years of hypnotherapy and it’s definitely helped me. What I can say is that I’ve had to go back to issues I thought I’d cleared up with hypnotherapy and use EFT to get complete resolution. Similarly clients who’ve had partial relief from anxiety with CBT have experienced full recovery with EFT.
Are there any cross overs between hypnotherpy and EFT?
Both EFT and hypnotherapy work with the subconscious mind. Both seek to alter our subconscious beliefs and attitudes so that we get relief in the present moment. So yes there are similarities. My personal experience is that hypnotherapy helps you become more aware of why you respond in a certain ways to people, events and circumstances. It is a profound healing therapy and I use it in my personal and professional practice. I find the shifts that result from EFT require no further re-enforcement as it’s often hard to connect with the feeling that the problem ever existed at all.
Is EFT Safe?
EFT is completely safe with no known side effects.
After a session will I feel fragile?
It’s possible you might feel fragile after a session, if you’ve chosen to release a highly charged emotional block. However EFT is structured so that the client is in charge of the pace of a session and the process is as gentle as possible. I do encourage you not to schedule any work or social engagements directly after your initial sessions while you get used to the process. I always structure a session so that you are suitably grounded and reach a safe resting place at the end of the hour. Often a favourite movie and a hot drink are a good way to process a session.
Can EFT help with weight loss?
Yes. When do you over eat or struggle to stay away from the fridge the most? When your’e feeling emotional stress. Where you’ve tried and failed with diets in the past you’ll find with EFT you’ll take care of the underying emotional drivers and your body will natutrally return to it’s ideal weight.
Can EFT help with self image?
Absolutely. You weren’t born with self image problems, they had to be learned. EFT will help you see yourself as you really are and find self acceptance.
I’m experiencing relationship difficulties. Do you work with couples?
I do work with couples but I see each partner seperately. Individuals bring their own issues to the relationship and these are best dealt with in this way. Relationships evoke some of our strongest and sometimes most irrational feelings. Have you ever said soemthing you didn’t really mean and regretted it? It’s best to process these feelings in a private and confidential setting. If you want to be in a relationship and you’re struggling with finding someone suitable we’ll discover and release the causes, this way you’ll find you naturally attract the right partner for you.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Without an initial assessment it’s difficucult to say how many sessions you’ll need. If you have something like a height phobia for example you may need only one, two or three sessions to experience complete relief. More involved or complex issues will take longer to address. Some clients also appreciate the support of a longer term comittment as they work towards important life goals. In short there’s no fixed answer, it really depends on your needs and preferences. I don’t use contracts and so you won’t have to commit to any number of sessions in advance.
How Much Does EFT Cost?
I charge £90 a sessions and each session lasts one hour. I do have a small number of assisted places where I can offer flexible pricing according to your income. If this applies to you I do not ask for proof of income. For more info on pricing see the pricing page on my site.
What Are Your Qualifications
I’m a Certified EFT Practitioner with AAMET International and Professional Certified Life Coach. I have more than 15 years experience. I practice EFT as taught by Gary Craig in his Gold Standard EFT tutorial. I am a member of Gary’s Optimal EFT peer support group.
How is EFT percieved by conventional medicine?
Some health authorities are experimenting with introducing EFT on the NHS. EFT is still relatively new and it takes time for new therapies to be completely accepted by the maintream. You’ll find opinions are divided. For example if you look at the wikipedia entry for EFT you’ll find some rather harsh criticisms that ignore the clinical evidence for it’s efficiency. One possible reason for this is that EFT works against the interests of some powerful lobbies. Drug manufacturers are less than thrilled at the prospects of a therapy that suceeds with an inexpensive proceedure, where expensive pharmaceuticals routinely fail.
I’ve read about EFT and the procedure seems pretty simple. Why do I need a proffessional?
The basic EFT procedure is simple and this is one of its many benefits. Where a lot can be done with a mechanical application of EFT, you’ll get the most benefit from working with it in a highly skilled way. The best way to do this is to work with a qualified professional.
Will I need to do some homework?
I encourage all of my clients to work by themselves inbetween sessions. Your rate of progress can be as fast as you choose. As well as EFT exercises I offer a range of support including audio, journal work, goal setting and creative visualisation exercises along with other coaching approaches and email support.
Does EFT work with teenagers and children?
EFT can be learned by anyone. If you are enquiring on behalf of a teenager or child then I will need your consent in writing prior to commencing treatment . Very young children can use EFT and often will tap on a favourite soft toy. In the case of working with a minor, sessions would be schedules face to face.
Does EFT really work by phone?
If you are considering working with a traditional talking therpay approach I would reccommend face to face sessions as the best way forward. However EFT is different. It works equally well by phone or face to face. The advantages of working by phone are you can schedule sessions no matter where you are as long as you have access to a telephone. It saves on travel time and makes therapy more affordable by reducing costs. Skype is also an option.
I’d really prefer to work face to face, do you do that?
I see face to face clients at a beutiful therapy centre near Old Street, London EC1. I also try to meet telephone clients in person at least once for an informal chat if they live in London.
I’m considering EFT, what should I do now?
Use my contact page to send me a message. I’ll get in touch and we’ll arrange a time to talk by phone.