Emotional Freedom Technique is my favorite counseling tool that I use when dealing with patients. It does not have any negative side effects and is a tool that I can pass on to people so they can manage their own stress level. It is a combination of the east and the west. It draws on 5000 years of traditional Chinese medicine in the form of meridians. It taps into (metaphorically and literally) these meridian pathways to create energy flow. Any disruption in the meridian flow of movement registers potentially as negative emotions.
Meridians open up to the surface of the skin so this technique devised by Gary Craig, a former Stanford engineer is designed to tap on all the meridians so it does not matter what meridian is out of balance. There is no harm done by over-tapping.
The technique draws on Western psychology also drawing on exposure (remembering traumas, persistent thoughts, emotions) and cognitive restructuring, utilizing statements of self acceptance to help individuals feel better and accept their feelings. It is considered an energy psychology technique because it is working with a part of the body’s electromagnetic field (meridians) much like the aura or chakra system might be used in another way. The tapping process also targets the brain, specifically sending a calming signal to the brain when an otherwise stressful memory or situation is imagined. It is thought to target the amygdala which is where emotions are processed and memories can be stored. By remembering an event while tapping on these meridian sequences, it changes that previous negative memory into one that is now non threatening to the brain. You are creating a new neural pathway which is non-threatening. Essentially you are telling your brain to associate this memory, thought or emotion by stating repetitive statements utilizing self acceptance while tapping that this situation is a-okay now.
Research on EFT has shown a drop in cortisol (your main stress hormone) occurs during a session of EFT. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are stimulated by EFT. Therefore you feel immediately better after a session and emotional releases can occur leaving you feeling lighter as a result. And lastly, genes are thought to be regulated by EFT. Genes that lower inflammation and increase immunity in a positive way, for starters. Google Dawson Church or Gary Craig, EFT universe, or the tapping solution if you want some more information on the tapping sequence or current research studies. I find it to be a great counseling tool because EFT helps you get in touch with your intuition so you can solve your own problems once you know how to do it. I love to empower my patients! You can have an amazing effect on your mind, body, spirit! Believe it!! I have a special rate on for EFT and counseling. It is only $80 now for EFT and counnseling for the hour.
To book a session with me come into Parallel Wellness or call 4032321283. I can do sessions on Zoom or the phone also. I have lots of regular clients working with me. Yours in health, Dr. Robin
Reference: The Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner.