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Versatility of EFT Applications by Catherine Dixon
Catherine Dixon writes:EFT is best known as a therapeutic intervention to relieve emotional pain, toxic memories and collapse dis-empowering beliefs. It is also a highly effective stress management tool in situations of panic and overwhelm. The key to the efficacy of this simple technique lies in the practitioner’s facilitation skills and how creatively it is applied.
EFT belongs to a group of therapies known as Meridian Energy Therapies
(METs) sometimes known as Energy Psychology. METs draw on knowledge
from Chi Kung and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology, Polarity
Therapy, NLP and EMDR. Tapping the major entry and exit
acu-points along the meridian channels combined with a direct and
truthful acknowledgment about the source of pain creates an alchemical
shift in the energy system. The effect of this shift can be likened to
releasing pressure from a pressure cooker.
26 year old Martha was a delegate on an EFT weekend training
course and a graduate in child psychology. A recent argument with her
boyfriend had left her feeling so unsettled that she felt forced to
leave the room shortly after the introduction. In the privacy of the
adjacent room I found her tearful and reluctant to continue the
weekend. Mindful of time constraints, I encouraged her to
express all her feelings without analysis whilst I tapped on the
points. I then focused on sentences where I noticed an emotional
“spike” and applied rounds of EFT to release the charge. This calmed
her down so she was able to link her current distress to her sister’s
untimely death. We applied EFT on various statements that best
summarised her unresolved grief until her distress subsided. Martha
waited a few moments to compose her and then decided to rejoin the
group. She completed the training without further emotional upset and
reported to feeling calmer about her recent disagreement and more
accepting of her sister’s death.
Julia was a 35 year old project administrator. She had been suffering
from chronic back ache for two years. Partial relief has been achieved
through conventional and alternative approaches and was now looking for
a more permanent solution.
During the first consultation we worked directly on the back pain
describing the precise feelings, the exact location and the intensity
of the pain. After two rounds of EFT the pain had subsided so I asked
her if she could think of any emotional components that might be linked
to the back pain. She immediately talked at length about a violent and
abusive childhood. As she talked I tapped on all the points without
pausing to encourage the flow of the story whilst releasing distress. I
applied rounds of EFT on specific sentences that carried a high
emotional resonance checking on the intensity level in each instance
until she was able to integrate these sentences back into her story
without distress. We concluded the session with a chi kung
posture and visualisation to ground the energy and sustain the water
energy of the kidney and bladder meridian. To date her back has
remained pain free.
Simona was a 30 year old software programmer who headed a major project
with a media organisation. She was naturally a highly articulate,
focused and enthusiastic worker yet she had been feeling stuck and
unmotivated with her life for several months. This left her unable to
make simple decisions. I encouraged her to draw up a mind map all the
things that made her feel joyous and happy. In essence, Simona was
musical, creative and a problem solver. None of her skills were being
utilised in her current job and she felt that outside obligations and
prevented her from making the best use of her personal time. It also
emerged that despite being singled out during childhood to attend a
school for gifted children that she “felt stupid.” After
clearing this feeling to a zero rating on a Subject Level of Distress
(SUD) we also applied EFT to a specific event from school
where she had been humiliated and made to feel stupid. This work
released a great deal of energy around her confidence in her own
intelligence and she reported that she felt more authentic and had
regained her confidence to trust her decision making
processes. Within two months she had changed her job and
joined a choir.
EFT is an extremely useful adjunct when integrated into a core primary
practice. The effectiveness of any therapeutic intervention relies on
the practitioner’s discretion to use the right tool at the right moment
whist being informed by a wider body of knowledge and understanding.
EFT ability to embrace a whole continuum of practices makes it a power
tool without precedent.
Catherine Dixon is a licensed trainer and practitioner of Meridian
Energy Therapies, a Chi Kung Teacher and Shiatsu practitioner. She
practices in West London and runs regular practitioner training courses
in London and the South.