Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress and Anxiety
Are you struggling with stress and anxiety? How these manifest in your body will be different for everyone, what is guaranteed is that they will be having a negative on your life and your health. Relationships or your work may suffer, you might be taking time off due to exhaustion or you may be suffering with mood swings. Managing stress and anxiety with EFT can have a positive effect on your life.
Emotional Freedom Technique incorporates theories from holistic therapies such as acupressure, energy medicine and neuro-linguistic programming.
What is EFT?
Eastern medicine believes that there are channels of energy, called meridians, within the body. It is thought that when these meridians become blocked our energy becomes unbalanced. This then leads to physical and emotional symptoms. As well as affecting our health, emotional blocks can lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours including phobias, anxiety, depression or even addictions.
EFT acknowledges this and combines energy medicine with psychological interventions for a truly holistic approach to health.
In a similar way to acupuncture, EFT looks to release blocked energy by stimulating the meridian points. Rather than using needles however, this therapy uses simple tapping techniques.
How does EFT work?
Negative emotions and illness are interlinked. Physical problems create emotional responses and emotional problems often manifest physical symptoms. EFT neutralises the effects of the negative emotion using gentle tapping. Picture a river. Mr and Mrs Beaver come along and build the most amazing dam, so good that it blocks the flow of the river. Upstream of the dam is a build up of water, downsream is now dry. Neither is ideal so the dam needs to be removed so the water flows freely as it should – and so it is with our energy system. The dam is the blocked emotion – the fear, the anxiety, the phobia or even the pain you are feeling. Tapping on the negative emotion (the dam) releases the fear, anxiety etc thus creating a sense of relief.
The basic technique involves creating a set-up and then focusing on the concern (for example anxiety) while tapping on each meridian point. This is the basic method and there are other ways of assisting the client through more difficult problems.
What can it help with?
EFT works well for recurring problems as they aim to tackle the root cause, rather than simply treating symptoms. EFT can be used for:
- fears and phobias
- pain management
- panic attacks
- anger management
- weight loss
Managing stress and anxiety by tapping on these points
Some research on EFT and its effectiveness.
Staffordshire University pioneered research into the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping in the UK. Professor Tony Stewart led an evaluation at Sandwell PCT,
Dr Ian Walton, GP and mental health lead for Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The successful use of EFT demonstrated in this study has not only influenced counsellors and therapists in Sandwell to be trained to use this method of treatment, but also local mental health charities are seeing the value in being trained to use EFT in the work that they do.”
Can Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a service evaluation in Sandwell. Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, 2, 71-84.
Objectives: A service evaluation was carried out to establish the feasibility and effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in the NHS.
Results: Thirty-nine clients gave consent, and 31 completed therapy. A total of 77% were female, and 80% were White British. The mean age was 45 years (range 18-76),and mean number of sessions attended was 5 (median 4; range 2-17). The main presenting conditions were anxiety, depression and anger and clients revealed up to 4 additional issues.
Conclusion: significant improvements were shown. The results support the potential of EFT as a cost-effective treatment to reduce the burden of a range of physical and psychological disorders.
I can help.
Contact Helen on 07503461838 today for an informal chat to discuss your needs.