Tapping Towards Healing With EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique

Can tapping on and stimulating meridian points really bring you lasting healing? Many believe this is a powerful self-healing technique. As a New York City based psychotherapist with an online integrative therapy practice and consultation practice, I endorse teaching as many tools and skills as possible to clients, so that eventually, they are able to take control of their own emotional and physical health. Many individuals in their search for mental and emotional health are intrigued by non-conventional therapies that are shown to offer profound healing results. EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique may be one such treatment and can be used alone or in conjunction with weekly psychotherapy sessions.

Of all of the energy therapies, EFT may be the most widely applied, and is so easy to learn. Deepak Chopra, MD has said "EFT offers great healing benefits." Why? It's simple, effective, long-lasting and empowering. Clients can do this treatment on their own and as needed. EFT truly is emotional self-care. As a self-care ritual, EFT can support anyone in recovery from addictions and eating disorders, as well as those trying to manage symptoms of anxiety, panic, obsessions, compulsions, anger, depression, sadness, grief, self-doubt, negative thoughts, performance blocks, loneliness and more.

In my integrative psychotherapy practice, I can attest to the powerful results of non-conventional treatments such as EMDR Therapy and Brainspotting, when combined with traditional psychotherapy and especially in the context of a trusting, therapeutic relationship. As a stand-alone treatment or with the assistance of a therapist, EFT does deliver amazing results.

As the founder of EFT Gary Craig says on his emofree website, "it's not that EFT is so stunning, rather, it is because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious." This is why we say that the Emotional Freedom Techniques are an emotional version of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we stimulate the well-established energy meridian points on the energy body by tapping them with the fingertips. It is an incredibly gentle technique and you remain relaxed and fully clothed at all times. While the points are being tapped, the recipient focuses on and verbalizes, in a very specific manner, a health condition or emotional issue that they are experiencing. This combination of stimulating the points while focusing on the issue causes changes within the body's energy system. The process triggers the release of stored emotions or patterns of illness from the body.

How does EFT work?

Science lesson to follow alert! We know that electrical messages are constantly sent through your body to keep it informed of what's going on. Without this natural flow of energy, you would not be able to see, hear, taste, smell or touch. There are some key points where the flow of the body’s energy is more “accessible.” The Chinese have been stimulating these points through touch (acupressure) and needles (acupuncture) for over 5000 years! It’s also from traditional Chinese medicine that we learn about the flow of vital energy (chi or qi) along meridian pathways. Since the tapping points are found on these meridians, Energy Tapping is also known as Meridian Tapping. 

It has been proven that disruptions or blockages in these electrical pathways can cause limiting thoughts and and trapped emotions. There are plenty of theories on how and why it works, but no one can say for sure. Scientific studies do show that the electrical resistance in the skin at the meridian acupoints is much lower than the rest of the body and brain wave studies reveal that energy tapping affects the subconscious. However it works, tapping seems to activate our body’s innate self-healing intelligence.

We also know that your spectacular body is designed to heal itself. Case studies show almost miraculous changes in anxieties, fears, and phobias within minutes. However, most people experience a more gradual shift, with profound insights and tremendous relief accumulating over time. Energy Tapping also allows us to see our emotions from a new, more empowering perspective. As is the case with many alternative healing techniques such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and acupuncture, tapping often gets results when nothing else seems to work. Therapists and medical doctors from all over the world have found EFT to be rapid and profoundly powerful.

Albert Einstein told us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy and Eastern medical experts have known this for over 5,000 years. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western healing practices but are gaining popularity and widely used by many practitioners integrating alternative healing modalities into their work with clients. Experience shows that tapping can shift our beliefs and thoughts quickly and with much less pain than conventional therapies.

To learn more about EFT visit EFT Universe.

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Coach with a private practice in New York City. As a clinician who is passionate about the interplay between mind and body, she practices mind-body psychotherapy, providing holistic counseling and coaching for her clients. Her counseling modalities include: psychoanalytic psychotherapy EMDR therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, crisis counseling and coaching with expertise in anxiety, depression, pain and chronic disease management, eating disorders (anorexia, binge eating, bulimia), addictions, alcoholism, trauma resolution, relationship + marital difficulties, women's issues (postpartum depression, new parent, divorce, separation, hormone imbalance), performance blocks, self-defeating behaviors, loss, grief, loneliness, self-esteem issues, post-rehab support and sexual problems. Via Skype, Kim Seelbrede provides life coaching, executive, personal and career coaching. Kim Seelbrede works with celebrities and high-profile individuals as well as high-level entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the world including London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Connecticut and Washington. Her professional personal and executive coaching services are tailored to each clients individual needs and targets concerns such as feeling stagnate and stuck, self-assertion, self-sabotage, substance abuse, pain management, chronic illness, work/life balance, performance problems, communication challenges, anxiety and stress management/reduction.

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