Deborah Bromley
© Deborah Bromley 2019

Emotional Freedom Technique

This technique was first documented by Dr Roger Callahan in his book Tapping the Healer Within and further developed by Gary Craig into EFT. It’s a very powerful technique that is easily taught to clients so that it can be used at home which is where it comes into its own. When you can use EFT on yourself, you can alleviate symptoms wherever you are, whenever you wish.  EFT is cumulative, so as you tap, you are releasing the energy of your problem, thereby reducing its negative effects. EFT is closely related to acupuncture using the same meridian points and similar underlying principals. Acupuncture is one of the complementary therapies recognised by the NHS as being beneficial for certain health problems, so acceptance of meridian energy therapies is growing within modern medicine. Benefits for clients EFT is done in the conscious state, like having a normal conversation but with acutapping as you chat. At home, you can repeat the tapping words silently in your head. or out loud, it doesn’t matter. You don’t need peace and quiet or plenty of free time. EFT can be used for a few minutes, whenever you need it. EFT therapy is quick, pleasant and effective. As the work is all done in the conscious state, some people feel more comfortable using it over hypnotherapy when dealing with past trauma or very emotional issues. EFT helps the client take control and release their problems and once you have learned how to use it, you can try it on everything  (which is what Gary Craig urges us to do). EFT is an energy technique so it makes you feel lighter, more energetic and more positive. Therapist and client usually end up laughing - it’s that kind of technique! Because of the extensive work Gary Craig put into developing EFT treatment plans, we can help with serious and complex problems such as PTSD, phobias, panic and anxiety disorder, uncontrolled anger … as well as depression, stress and traumatic memories. There are also treatment plans for serious illness and pain reduction. Once the technique has been learned by the client and they have successfully practised so I’m satisfied they are confident with using it at home, we can develop an individualised EFT treatment plan which will work on the specific issues in between appointments. In fact, everyone can experience the benefits from a daily tapping session and it only takes a few minutes each day. I practice what I preach and use EFT and other energy therapies as part of my daily routine. Regular practice with energy therapy does make you feel more energetic, more relaxed and less burdened down with life’s worries. There are many other acutapping techniques that developed from the original work of Dr Callahan: TFT (Thought Field Therapy) is his legacy therapy and you can find many TFT practitioners listed on the web. Choices by Dr Patricia Carrington is another variation I often use, adding in a ‘positive future’ element to the tapping. Be Set Free Fast by Dr Larry Nims is another treatment which can be useful when a client has progressed with EFT. Emotrance, Freeway and TAT are also energy therapies.  
‘The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.’ Gary Craig - originator of EFT You can learn more about EFT by visiting emofree.com