EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques (Group Therapy)
WHAT IS EFT?
EFT stands to Emotional Freedom Techniques. It is also known as “Tapping”. It was first introduced to the public Dr Gary Craig in 1995. Dr Craig was a student of Dr Roger Callahan, a Clinical Psychologist who developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in the 1980’s. Dr Callahan found that TFT helped people manage psychological symptoms of anxiety and stress, as well as the physical symptoms related to stress. Dr Craig further researched and simplified the TFT method in order to create his own approach, called EFT.
According to the EFT Universe website, “EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals”, which include the Journal of Clinical Psychology & the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology
HOW DOES EFT WORK?
EFT integrates the Chinese meridian system into the therapy process by tapping specific meridian points in sequence with your fingertips while focussing on the issues causing emotional distress. It is a technique that combines Eastern and Western medicine and mental health philosophies.
When viewed from the Eastern Medicine perspective, EFT involves tapping the acupressure points located near the ends of the energy circuits / meridians that flow through the body. It is proposed that tapping helps to clear any blockages in these energy channels which then facilitates mental and physical well-being. Dr Lee Pulos, in his book, “EFT, the new technology for immediate healing and vitality”, reports research findings that fit more with the Western medicine perspective. It is believed that tapping, while focussing on difficult or painful emotions and self-limiting beliefs, stimulates the release of beta-endorphin by the brain. Beta-endorphin is 18 to 33 times more potent than morphine. Pairing the beta-endorphin release with focus on negative feelings or beliefs, is believed to help metabolise away negative thoughts and beliefs which then allows the emergence of mental clarity and the ability to introduce more functional self-beliefs.
WHAT IS EFT USED FOR?
EFT is typically used by people to
· Manage their anxiety and depressive symptoms and their associated physical symptoms (i.e. low energy levels, headaches, muscle tension, sleep difficulties etc.)
· Help them through episodes of feeling emotionally overwhelmed
· Eliminate self-limiting beliefs
· Strengthen healthy, positive, adaptive self-beliefs (an antidote to low self-esteem)
EFT can be an incredible life tool; however, it is most effective when used in conjunction with psychotherapy and other practices such as mindfulness. According to its founder, Dr Craig, “when used correctly, it can reduce the conventional therapy process from weeks, months or years to a fraction of that time”. EFT can be done quickly, anywhere and at any time without the need for equipment.
EFT AT CORE CLINICAL
Group EFT training sessions are available at Core Clinical. Group EFT sessions typically run over the course of 4 weeks and cost €50 per person per session. The group consists only 5 participants. It is recommended as an initial therapeutic tool for those awaiting individual therapy.
The next EFT group will start on June 20th 2019. To book a place or for more information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.