Mental health support and overall wellbeing depends on so many factors that are deeply personal to each individual. There is no one cure and the research is forever growing to include practices used in different cultures and countries. With this has come the gifts of meditation, yoga, mindfulness and other spiritual practices that have only recently been accepted in our logical western world. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) was first developed 20 years ago and has since emerged as an evidenced based practice to treat numerous emotional difficulties.
EFT is not a technique that is typically used by qualified psychologists. Instead, it is a counselling technique that combines elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Somatic Stimulation using Accupressure Points. EFT is an ‘emotional version of acupuncture without the needles’. It includes stimulating acupuncture points by tapping when being supported to think about a feared memory or event. The client is also encouraged to reframe their thoughts and narrative with a self-acceptance statement.
It is based on the understanding that all illnesses have an emotional component and that emotions are ‘energy in motion’. The technique is based on the concept that when energy gets stuck in the body, symptoms appear. By moving the energy through the body’s meridian system by tapping while tuning into the source of the blockage, the symptoms (which can be negative emotions, blocking beliefs, or physical pain for example), diminish or disappear.
What conditions can be treated with EFT?
To date, there are a number of empirical studies that suggest that EFT is suitable for:
- Specific Phobias
- PTSD and Trauma
- School related Anxiety
If you are interested in exploring these studies, we might recommend Emotional Freedom Techniques for Anxiety: A Systematic Review With Meta-analysis as a starting point. Interestingly, there are also studies emerging around the effectiveness of EFT as a complimentary therapy for breast cancer survivors who might be finding it hard to tolerate their conventional treatment regime. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce the side effects associated with tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor use in women with breast cancer: A service evaluation explores this nicely.
How many sessions do you need?
Emotional Freedom Technique can be offered as a one off treatment. The research does however suggest that clients report significantly better results if they engage for three and six sessions. Once the technique has been learnt, it can be used again and again if symptoms of anxiety, stress, or depression are re-triggered. In this respect, it is a powerful self-help tool.
Introducing our EFT practitioner
Corinna has spent her whole career working with people to enhance their mind body awareness & wellbeing. She is a qualified EFT practitioner, Pilates reformer and meditation teacher. Currently she is finalising her studies in Holistic Counselling and Kinesiology. As an EFT practitioner she is passionate about helping people shift limiting beliefs, remove fear and phobias, assist with anxiety and PTSD. Her gentle caring approach allows her clients to feel comfortable and supported.
Corinna has a special interest in assisting people with anxiety. To compliment talking and body based therapies, she also facilitates hand building pottery workshops which allow space to find stillness & mindfulness in a beautiful nourishing environment. These workshops are available in both Murwillumbah and on the Gold Coast.
How much does it cost?
Unfortunately there is no Medicare rebate for this service. Costings are:
|60 minute EFT Counselling Session||$120.00|