Struggling with weight management, anxiety, low mood, trauma or reducing stress? It could by that EFT (emotional freedom techniques), or tapping, is the answer for you.
Sometimes therapy can feel a bit stale and repetitive. While you should always flag this with your counsellor, another strategy is to try something like EFT – which just means a somatic or more body-focused technique.
Also described as ‘psychological acupuncture’, we use two fingers to tap on various acupressure points. The method seems to affect the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre in the brain).
Studies show that this decreases production of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, leading to feelings of relaxation.
EFT has its roots are in the exposure and cognitive-based therapies, but I feel it is more gentle and effective.
Fears, trauma and chocolate
While some people use it to tackle fears such as heights or flying, others use it to ditch their chocolate cravings!
I have been impressed with the results, not only is there evidence of substantial relief from various traumas, I like the way it can be taught to clients so that they can practise it on their own, or share it with others.
Some Gold Coast schools are already using it, as are dental surgeries and hospitals.
If you’d like to give it a go, let me know 🙂
Also available on Zoom (similar to Skype, but more private).
Recently I trained in clinical EFT, and was pleasantly surprised with the results.