Emotional Freedom Techniques
What is Emotional Freedom Techniques?
As part of my formal training, continual development and interest, I have also learned several ‘Complimentary’ or ‘Transpersonal’ approaches that add to my coaching approach. Energy Psychology & Emotional Freedom techniques (EFT). These tools can be used to help people with limiting beliefs or negative emotions. They can be applied to blocks to performance, phobias, trauma, loss and grief, problem eating, addictions etc. Most of these techniques have their origins in what is termed ‘Energy Psychology‘.
What is Complementary or Alternative (CAMS)?
According to the NHS:
There is no universally agreed definition of CAMs.
Although “complementary and alternative” is often used as a single category, it can be useful to make a distinction between the two terms.
The US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) uses this distinction:
- When a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered “complementary”.
- When a non-mainstream practice is used instead of conventional medicine, it’s considered “alternative”.
There can be overlap between these two categories. For example, aromatherapy may sometimes be used as a complementary treatment, and in other circumstances is used as an alternative treatment.
Energy Psychology & Emotional Freedom Techniques fall into this category. Some people may prefer this approach to solving emotional issues as an alternative to more clinical approaches or counselling.
I have personally trained in several techniques such as:
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Hypnosis (Non Clinical)
- Time Line Therapy (TLT)
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
- Matrix Reimprinting
My Approach to Complimentary Therapy Sessions:
My main approach to the complimentary therapeutic approaches is one of:
- Client Safety – to work at the clients pace
So how do you select a good Therapeutic Practitioner?
Do your homework. Compare and contrast what therapists have done both formally and informally to develop themselves. Check their qualifications, their insurance coverage, and most of all their feedback from clients. Coaches with a broad range of qualifications in my opinion have shown their professional personal development and are taking this seriously. It also shows that they potentially have a more flexible approach using many tools.
No therapist should ever make you do anything you do not agree to – you have a choice in how your session goes. You are allowed to say ‘no’ and should be briefed of this before you start a session. There is however a balance and avoiding your emotions can in time lead to larger problems. Your practitioner should be able to guide you and assist you in this journey.
Ultimately you may go with your gut feeling and get a feel for which coach or therapist aligns or resonates with you, and how you feel about them.
For some people a full and thorough look at what is not working for them in the context of life can be beneficial. In this process we take a full day or two to look at all areas of your life, all negative experiences and emotions and work on resolving them so that you can make a fresh start. I use a blended approach of techniques to conduct ‘breakthrough’ sessions.
Combat Stress/Veterans, Blue Light Services:
I am a Veteran myself (25 years Para et al). I intimately understand what veterans are experiencing and have had a keen interest in understanding and learning about PTSD. I feel I am able to bring a level of understanding that is useful in building the rapport, trust and relationship that is key to treating Traumatic Stress related issues. Something that can be difficult for veterans to achieve with the more clinical settings. I have had personal experience of using the approaches above. Particularly Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT/Tapping. I have used them on my own traumatic memories as well as clients. I can help Veterans understand more about PTSD & learn techniques. This can help them to deal with and manage their own emotional wellbeing.
If what you have tried so far has not worked for you then I would be happy to talk to you about complimentary approaches and to share my experiences.
For more information, or if you would like to discuss how I might be able to help you with an issue please feel free to contact me via the contact page.