What is Energy Psychology?
Energy Psychology has been called "psychological acupuncture without the needles." It is both a clinical technique and a self-help approach that provides simple methods for shifting brain patterns that lead to unwanted thoughts, actions, and emotions. It utilises the same energy meridians used in ancient traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Everything in the Universe is made of energy. Our body is energy and it is influenced by energy. Recent ground breaking scientific cellular studies validates that our thoughts, feelings, emotions and conscious & subconscious beliefs are all energy and is constantly affecting and directing all areas of our lives, including our physical body.
EFT's foundation comes from a common sense blend of Acupuncture and Mind-Body Medicine, both of which have decades of scientific studies supporting them. EFT is based on the theory statement; 'All negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system.' This energy system holds the key to many of the disturbances we experience in our daily lives.
EFT works by simply stimulating certain meridian points around the head and body by tapping on them with our fingertips, whilst mentally being “tuned in” into a specific issue to be resolved- whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain or anxiety. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing of the negative statements, whilst incorporating positive affirmations and self-acceptance works to clear the 'energy disruption', or 'emotional block' from your body's bio-energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical ailments.
What can EFT be used to treat?
The range of problems or possibilities that EFT can be applied to are inexhaustible. The medical profession has long known that emotional issues can dramatically affect our body chemistry and that, in turn, can lead to everything from rashes and headaches to addictions, impaired immune systems and cancer. We see consistent evidence of this when we apply the Tapping process. As guilt, shame, anger, fear, trauma and the like become resolved, physical ailments often subside simultaneously.
"EFT can assist physical healing by resolving underlying energetic or emotional contributors."
In addition to reducing or eliminating pain, studies also highlight the positive effects of tapping therapy in helping to treat common emotional problems including:
- Removal of negative emotions
- Changing unwanted habits and behaviour
- Overcoming Fear, Guilt, Shame, Jealousy, Anger, Stress, Anxiety, sadness grief, loss, PTSD and Depression
- Addictive cravings, including food, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs
- Elimination of fears and phobias, including fear of public speaking, fear of heights, fear of flying, and fear of rejection
EFT is also effective for enhancing:
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Emotional Control
- Implementing positive goals
- Trauma healing & Recovery
- Job, School & Sports Performance
- Financial Security
- Self-image and self-esteem
- Ability to Love, Succeed, and Enjoy Life
Why choose this form of therapy?
- EFT often works where all else has failed.
- EFT can get to the root of the problem very quickly.
- EFT changes lives, often in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.
- EFT is simple to use and can be used as a self-help tool, which people find useful to assist them in times of need or to speed up the process, by doing "homework" between sessions.
- EFT is safe.
- EFT can be done via the telephone or Skype, which means geographic location ceases to be a problem, and also that I can assist in an emergency situation, such as a panic attack.
What to expect from an EFT Session
During the consultation you will be asked about your general health and lifestyle, so that I can pinpoint your issue or challenge, so that we can establish what blocked up emotions need to be released.
During sessions you will be asked to pay attention and communicate back anything that comes up during a round of EFT, whether it’s an emotion, a sensation, a pain or discomfort, a memory, a thought, or some piece of negative self-talk. As these are invaluable contributions to the detective work you and I are leading to unearth your emotional blocks and treat them.
As with any energy technique, EFT can have profound impacts on your physiology. Some people report feeling drowsy, or sleepy right after a session. Some people can’t notice any difference even though their body is undergoing some readjustments. For some others, the treatment might stir up resistances, or new aspects of the same problem, which can provoke emotional or physical distress. Fortunately, the latter is rather rare and usually disappears with more tapping.
Scientific Research that evidences EFT's Effectiveness
EFT's foundation comes from a common sense blend of Acupuncture and Mind-Body Medicine, both of which have decades of scientific studies supporting them. David Feinstein, PhD., a clinical psychologist and pioneer in tapping research, references the Harvard University Medical School research that explored the physiological results of stimulating certain acupuncture points. Hui et al documented that when certain acupoints are stimulated and activated, they have a calming effect on the amygdala, a critical part of the brain’s limbic system. That is important because the amygdala is a key player in the “emotional brain” or midbrain. It acts like a sentry, alerting the rest of the brain and body when something around us is “perceived” as dangerous or is a potential threat to our safety and well-being.
When our brain and body perceive threat, whether it be a loud angry person carrying a baseball bat or a growling dog coming our way, it swiftly responds by going into fight, flight, or freeze mode.
Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol surge to assist us in mobilising our physical resources to survive the impending threat by beating off the onslaught or getting us safely away from it. Research published in 2012 by Church, Yount and Brooks in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, demonstrated that EFT reduced cortisol levels by 24%, significantly more than the other therapeutic interventions offered in the study. This potentially explains how EFT can help reduce the stress load on our bodies that can diminish our physical and mental well-being.
I do not provide medical advice or diagnosis. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or "tapping") is not intended to diagnose or treat any particular individual or condition. Do not seek EFT without having consulted your registered medical and mental health practitioner first. By seeking EFT with MJB Counselling you agree to this Disclaimer.