Gary Craig’s Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT – The Tapping Therapy) evolved from Robert Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy and took the world by storm. Some people call it the tapping therapy. Although Gary Craig is not a mental health clinician, various individuals including medical doctors, psychotherapists and coaches all over the world are now using EFT. I have completed training in EFT and other energy therapies, and include it in my ongoing education.
Stabilizing the nervous system and calming the mind are important components to psychotherapy. EFT is a tapping technique that uses energy points and gentle exercises to calm and energize your body and your mind.
Energy points, adapted from the practice of acupressure, are located on the surface of the skin throughout the body and can be stimulated for the purpose of correcting disturbed energy patterns that might underlie emotional and psychological problems. Stimulation may include touching, rubbing, or tapping the point. In most instances, you will be instructed on how to stimulate the appropriate points yourself. In some instances, I may ask your consent to directly work with specific treatment points. Of course, you may always decline anything I offer.
Every one of my clients is introduced to EFT, often on the first session.
I find EFT to be the single most important self-soothing tool a client can learn. With it, you can stop the constant chatter in your head, relieve emotional distress, resist the temptation of a behavior, and, often, stop a panic attack. Using EFT, you quickly become more aware of your inner world, and feel empowered between sessions.