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

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Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or a phobia?
Have you heard 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 clearing away negative thoughts which can be the source of emotional pain and discomfort. The negative thoughts and emotions can often lead to limiting self-beliefs and negative behaviours which can stop you living a full and happy life.
Some of the psychological symptoms of negative thoughts and emotions are:

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

EFT therapy involves you gently tapping with your fingertips on your acupressure points, which are under the surface of your skin. You remain fully clothed at all times and EFT therapy is completely non-invasive. 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 power to actively contribute and take charge of your own healing which results in a much faster healing process.

Watch this short BBC News video to find out how EFT Tapping Therapy helps with anxiety and depression.

How does EFT work?

EFT therapy clears away your negative thoughts and eliminates the linked emotional response. It provides relief from physical and physiological discomfort which 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 the various 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 repeat a simple two-part statement. The first part of the statement focuses on the ‘discomfort’ and the second part of the statement is a positive affirmation, e.g.

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 causes a change in your brain’s neural 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 most likely find that even after one cycle of EFT you will feel considerably more relaxed and emotional 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 eight places on your face and upper body:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

You also tap six points on your hand:

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

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