The Emotional Freedom Technique concept was developed in the US in the 1990’s by Gary Craig, using the principles of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) discovered by Dr. Roger Callahan. EFT roots are in acupuncture, kinesiology and psychology. EFT is spreading very rapidly in the US and in the UK, where the concept is now used in some specialist areas of the National Health Service.
It has been likened to acupuncture, but without needles, and is a method of literally tapping into the body’s energy system to allow emotional issues to be resolved effectively and with astonishing speed. It is a completely safe, non-invasive procedure.
Using EFT involves ‘tuning into’ the issue to be worked on and then tapping on specific acupressure points with your fingers. For example if you still carry anger towards someone who has hurt you in the past, you would be asked to think about them, and notice how you feel. But you do not have to relive past events. You just have to be aware that the negative feeling is there. After having EFT you will still retain the memory of the event you were working on but it will no longer have the emotional intensity that it had before.
EFT is incredibly effective in helping fears (including fear of flying), phobias, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, smoking cessation, weight loss and many other problems. Used in conjunction with counselling or coaching, it offers a valuable additional tool and many common phobias and fears can be completely eliminated in a single session.
Read Staffordshire Life reporter Bryony’s account of an EFT session with Frances.
EFT – Helping with my phobia
“I had heard of EFT before but didn’t understand the mechanics of it so when Frances explained it all to me I was even more intrigued. My phobia is flying and I hate it with an absolute passion. It’s so overwhelming it brings me to tears and the sheer panic triggers hyperventilating. I have been known to freeze with fear while boarding a plane so I’ve been quite happy to not even travel abroad for several years, just to avoid going through weeks of fear and dread leading up to a holiday. I recall my first EFT session quite vividly. We discussed my feelings on the days leading up to a holiday, the day of the flight, travelling to the airport and the big one…waiting to board. The panic, tears and the nausea start to kick in. By this time I am so overwhelmed with fear that my mind is open to anything, so we begin my first session of EFT. I was surprised at how simple the procedure is and literally takes minutes to complete. With just a few words and a number of taps in specific areas of the body an amazing calming effect started to take over and I could actually feel my face smiling again. The feelings only moments ago of panic and fear had totally disappeared, as if they were never there and my body is in an amazing relaxed state. I try to re create how I felt earlier, I’m in the car going to the airport, I’m boarding the plane….nothing!! This really cannot be true so I try again.
I’m actually laughing now as I cannot for the life of me remember any feelings of panic, fear and nausea anymore and all this from one session! A few weeks later and after a couple of EFT sessions, I am at Gatwick airport waiting for a flight to Montreal….ON MY OWN! I’m smiling to myself and so excited I could explode. I am actually enjoying the build up to a holiday/flight for the first time in my life. Having never experienced flying solo before there was some trepidation about an eight hour flight ahead of me but even with a four hour delay actually spent on the plane, with ENGINE PROBLEMS, it didn’t distract me at all. My world is calm, relaxed and my new life started there and then. I can now perform EFT on myself to help alleviate anxiety or panic in any situation which is extremely helpful. Thank you Frances, I would have missed out on a fantastic life experience and possibly many more without EFT. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.”