Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 Many years ago I was introduced to a therapy called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and lately I have noticed a resurgence of this technique.  Originally EFT was used predominately in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but now I am noticing it being used for many disorders including Panic, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) and Depression.  It has even been used to treat for the relief of physical and emotional pain. 
For those not familiar with EFT, it basically requires using one or two fingers and repetitively tapping on certain points or meridians on your face and body, progressing from point to point in a predetermined sequence.  At the same time you are tapping you are repeating certain words or sentences depending on what it is you are addressing.  There is lots of information on the Internet about EFT, so check it out if you are interested in a more in depth interpretation as whole books have been written on this subject.
I do want to address whether or not EFT can help us out with  Panic/Anxiety/OCD/Depression.  In a quick answer, YES!….but let’s look at it a little closer.
I have personally used EFT at times to work at instilling certain beliefs into my mind, IE, repeating over and over again…”I am a gifted public speaker”, as I feel I lack in that area of my life.  I know I am not alone with that as the saying goes, some people would rather die than public speak!  So, while I am tapping a certain sequence, I continue to repeat, “I am a gifted public speaker”,  changing or adding to the wording a bit as I tap, which according to the gurus of EFT will instill this into my subconscious mind. 
Has it worked to the degree I would like?…not really, but it has helped to calm and relax me which definitely makes it easier to visualize success. A relaxed mind is more receptive to beneficial suggestions.
This is why we teach and recommend relaxation exercises daily.  This calms our minds to help us relax.  We can not be relaxed and anxious at the same time!  This does take dedication and work.  Repetition is important.  As I have always maintained…we won’t get a great body by going to the gym once.  Nor will any exercise for the body or mind work to our satisfaction if we only do it once.
For post-traumatic stress disorder, EFT works well as the trauma is from the past.  For anxiety and panic we have a different situation, the scary places, thoughts and feelings come at us daily and can be new as our minds default into fear when we experience different anxiety producing situations, but….EFT can help as it brings us back to — relaxation–and changing our breathing.  Unless we change our thinking about the sensations or situations, fear will continue to come again and again.
Changing our thinking (belief system) is the predominate factor in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  and a scientifically proven method of overcoming anxiety disorders.  EFT may be an aspect of that along with relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing, but it alone will not cure. 
Wayne Dyer said it best when he said, “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”  This is a profound statement and absolutely true.  A social situation can be scary for some people and fun for others.   It is up to us to change it to be what we want it to be!   
CBT does take work, as does anything else worthwhile (remember the gym).
How to Overcome an Anxiety Disorder?  the following is a must:
Write down a plan of what you wish to accomplish.
Learn about your disorder and the tools needed to change your thinking.
Follow through…….daily……..with working on your plan.
Helpful, is a friendly alliance with one or more people to help you follow your plan.
If you don’t know how to do this, get in touch with us, we will help you live a life without fear!
www.PanicAndAnxietyRecoveryGroup.com

To A Speedy Recovery,

Dennis

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6 Responses to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  1. Jan Ross says:

    Hi I have jusr read about EFT therapy can you advise of any practioners in the March or Wisbech area or self help therapy
    regards
    Jan

  2. EFT says:

    G’Day! Panic And Anxiety Recovery Group,
    Thanks for your thoughts, I’ve heard several testimonials to the benefit of EFT, particularly in regard to re-educating the psyche to overcome the past (often deeply seated) effects of negative experiences. If you have been successful in using this tapping therapy I’d welcome hearing about your story.
    Good Job!

  3. EFT says:

    Hello Panic And Anxiety Recovery Group,
    I just stumbled across this and I’m trying Emotional Freedom Technique which it seems alot of people have had success with. But im having trouble I dunno where to begin with it. I’m seeing an EFT practioner, I don’t think even EFT can cure my fear. I feel like my only way out is suicide. I just feel like I really can’t do it. But I wanna try. I just dunno how and im scared. I’m asking if anyone out there who knows how to use EFT can help me. Just looking for some assistance with EFT. I feel like I need motivation. I know its a lot to ask. If u can help just contact me.
    Thx.

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  5. Jim says:

    As a 28 year student of all the forms of psychotherapy, I have come to the conclusion that all change in therapy (no matter the school) boils down to several similar processes. 1) Desensitization of problem affect, 2) a change in the cognitions (meaning) of problem event (people, actions, intentions, outocmes) 3) An integration of polarity “splitting” thinking within self and about others. 4) recognizing that resistance/defense mechanisms/etc is/are meta-cognition fears about consequences/secondary gain of the solving of the “problem” and “who will I be if” issues and must be handled via 1-3. Finally, there is #5) skill acquisition for deficit learning in problem contexts…So I think the difference that makes the difference is if the therapist “KNOWS” that it all boils down to these process they will be more effective than those who do not and get lost in the “belief system or (psycho-theology) of the psychotherapeutic “school”. A useful exercise for me has been to sit down and cross translate each school of psychotherapy’s metaphors into another’s. I think the fact that most people practicing today are eclectic is recognition of the fact that all the schools must have some truth to them.

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