EFT for Trauma
EFT for Trauma
So, what is EFT? Emotional Freedom Technique is a new treatment protocol in the emerging field of Energy Psychology, based on the research of psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan in the 1980’s and furthered by a Stanford engineer named Gary Craig in the early 90’s.
It shows enormous promise in the treatment of traumatic stress and a whole range of negative emotional patterns, and lends itself beautifully to being taught/facilitated over the phone or in groups, and in very little time. (A similar protocol has been performed by the Mexican Association for Crisis Therapy after natural disasters, for groups of 2-190.)
EFT is rooted in the ancient understanding of the energy channels (meridians) of the body, as embraced by many great healing traditions of the world. The flow of energy through those channels affects various physical and emotional states, and EFT allows you to release blockages in the normal flow of energy. By gently tapping on specific points on the body while you mentally focus on a specific problem, you are stimulating the corresponding meridians in a way that facilitates healing.
Every negative or unresourceful emotion is caused by a disturbance in this energy system, and the disturbance can be addressed directly with EFT. Many people experience powerful shifts in their emotional states, moods and outlook, often in a manner of minutes.
Just a few minutes of this simple procedure that can be performed anywhere, can in many cases correct a distortion in a person’s energy field, which removes the emotional charge on a particular situation or memory even from the distant past. The memory remains, but without the intense emotional charge, the memory can be re-integrated into the person’s life safely.
With the traumatic stress removed, the person can deal with their life situation as it is now in a more resourceful and balanced way. Often a person’s whole outlook on life will transform from despair to hope, and remain that way.
EFT’s gentle power to heal is being used by professionally trained therapists and health professionals across the globe, but it also can largely be a self-help method, and that’s the beauty of it. Anyone can learn to do the tapping themselves, even children, so that you have your own personal emotional toolkit on hand 24/7 to use whenever the need arises, without having to consult a professional.
It’s been a life saver for me, and keeps proving its elegance and effectiveness over and over again.
For more information on EFT and Energy Therapies:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique, “cousin” of EFT)