How Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help with anxiety & phobias

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Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or a phobia?
Would you like to know more about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) therapy?
Have you wondered how EFT therapy works?
This article explains what EFT therapy is and how it can help with stress, anxiety, depression and phobias.

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What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) therapy?

EFT therapy is a relatively new technique and is often referred to as “Psychological Acupressure”.
EFT therapy works by removing negative thoughts which can be the source of emotional pain and discomfort. Negative thoughts and emotions can often lead to limiting self-beliefs and negative behaviours which can stop you living a full and happy life.
Negative thoughts and emotions can lead to:

  • low confidence
  • low self-esteem
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling depressed
  • compulsive behaviours
  • addictive behaviours.

EFT therapy is completely non-invasive. There are no needles like with acupuncture. During EFT therapy, you gently tap your acupressure points whilst saying out loud what your issue is, followed by a positive affirmation. You remain fully clothed at all times. EFT therapy changes your negative thoughts and emotions into positive thoughts and emotions in the most simple way possible.
EFT therapy can be used to effectively treat:

  • trauma
  • phobias
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addictions
  • pain

You can also use EFT therapy as a self-help tool because it is so simple and straightforward. It only takes about five minutes to learn the basic process. EFT therapy gives you the freedom to contribute and take control of your healing. This can result in a much faster healing process for some people.

This short BBC News video shows how EFT Tapping Therapy can help with anxiety and depression.

How does EFT work?

EFT therapy removes your negative thoughts and the linked emotional response. It provides relief from physical and physiological discomfort and restores your body’s physical and emotional harmony.
You carry out the EFT procedure by focusing your mind on the specific problem causing you discomfort, whilst tapping with your fingers on your acupressure points.

For example, if you were feeling stressed and anxious which had given you a tension headache, you would gently tap each of your acupressure points, whilst repeating:

Even though I have a pain in my head…… I completely accept myself for who I am.

When you tap your acupressure points you stimulate both your sensory and psychological systems. This allows you to focus on the causes of your negative thoughts and emotions. This encourages a change in your brain’s nerve circuits and changes your learnt behavioural response and your negative emotion. Each complete cycle of tapping the face/upper body and hand takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. You will probably find that after one cycle of EFT you will feel more relaxed and emotionally free. EFT therapy is a very simple process that you can easily carry out at home or work. You only need a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.

You tap six places on your upper body:

emotional freedom technique EFT - upper body - Goldcrest hypnotherapy

After you have tapped the upper body, you then tap six points on your hand:

emotional freedom technique EFT - hand - Goldcrest hypnotherapy

I hope you found this article helpful. If you are interested in having EFT therapy please get in touch to book your free consultation.

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