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EFT Tactics From The Therapist's Chair

Mar 23, 2008
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It's the new self-help technique which brings relief for physical and emotional symptoms of every type. Even a child can learn the basics for free, in 5 minutes, but an experienced Practitioner with a results-rich scorecard is harder to come by.

If you're using EFT for yourself, or others, these instructions add extra value to your tapping efforts and typically bring accelerated emotional release using EFT:

It's The Little Things...

As with most things in life, it's the subtle changes that you need to look out for. Always carefully calibrate your client looking for changes in skin tone and colour, breathing, sighing, yawning etc, which are all great signs of emotional release and the progress EFT is making. Try asking your client - does tapping on any one point in particular seem to bring emotional release? This can point the way to the underlying emotion which needs release - ask about the emotion typically associated with that point, e.g. eyebrow is frustration, side of the eye is rage, and so on. These are generalisations, but worthy of attention.

Uni/Bi Lateral Tapping

There has been much debate on the effectiveness and usefulness of tapping on one or both sides of the body. I have a personal approach I use alongside META-Medicine®, but for most purposes it's difficult to prove there is any added benefit one way or the other. Some Practitioners report improved results with bi-lateral tapping, others don't. Perhaps more of a personal preference than guideline or rule.

Body Feelings & Emotions

As with emotions related to certain points above, establish first what physical feelings or issues your client has relating to the presenting problem, then try focussing your tapping on the meridians and tapping points which relate to that area, e.g. eyebrow is bladder, side of the eye is gall bladder, under the eye is stomach, and so on. Again I can't report 100% correlated success with this, but it's a useful addition to your therapy toolbox. Typically I find that tapping on just one specific meridian will help release the current emotional aspect the client is presenting, and this might just help you find that specific channel that much faster.

Precise Language

Regardless of which therapy you use, one of the common aims is for the process to be as emotionally pain-free as possible for the client. Energy therapy helps us do that by working on issues at their source. One additional way to help keep your client out of an emotional hijack is to carefully watch your use of language. With EFT, we need to keep the client "in" the memory we're working on, so that we get results with tapping; but we also need to make sure our client is not riding off the top of the SUDS scale of emotional distress. This is something of a tightrope walk. To do it effectively, deliberately change tenses when working with your client, such that when you use present tense, like "this anger at Mum I'm feeling now" the client is accessing more of the emotion, and when you use past tense like "how you felt back then" the client is accessing less emotion, and maintaining a comfortable emotional balance. Very effective.
About the Author
Stewart Robertson is a Dad, author, neuroscientist, and the principal EFT Practitioner in Scotland. Learn the characteristics of results-replete EFT therapy from his EFT Training Video Workshop.
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