HEALING TRAUMAS WITH
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (E.F.T.)
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (E.F.T.)
“About 30% of us find air travel anything from faintly disconcerting to unutterably terrifying…The terror that grips the aviophobe is paralysing, brutal, breathless. While no two aviophobics are the same, fear tends to coalesce around phobias of distance – vertigo and agoraphobia – and constriction – claustrophobia, and concerns about an inability to escape. Some fear take-off, others fear landing, and a higher proportion are fine until the first giddy lurches of turbulence set in. Others suffer recurrent panic attacks centring on visions of snapping wings, flaming engines, the long plummet earthwards as the plane is torn in half.” – theguardian.com
In the therapeutic world it is well known that fear in its many facets is our number one enemy. No matter the problem the client faces or situation he or she struggles with, in one way or another fear plays an important role. It is behind our suffering, behind our poor choices, behind our unhappiness. Today we would like to talk about one of them, and that is Phobias.
“A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an individual to experience extreme, irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place, or object. Phobias are diagnosable mental disorders.” – medicalnewstoday.com
There are two types of phobia. They are simple and complex phobias. Simple phobias are where a person has a direct fear of a certain object or being, like spiders, lizards, clowns, flying, heights or water. Complex phobias have many different facets to them like agoraphobia, white coat phobia and social phobia. These can often caused by deep rooted beliefs about themselves and the world around them being more dangerous than it truly is or by an actual traumatic experience.
When a person has a phobia, they will often try to avoid what they consider to be the cause of their terror. Sometimes this is not very difficult and we can have a fairly good life by almost completely excluding the source of fear. In other cases, phobias can make our lives extremely difficult by drastically affecting the quality of it.
They can ruin well deserved holidays by having sleepless nights, weeks before the flight or not being able to enjoy the crystal clear waters of a paradisiac island. Phobias like flying or fear of public speaking can influence, hold back or even destroy careers: “the problem has become so acute he said he would rather miss European and World Cup matches for Arsenal and the Netherlands than fly to them” – about Dennis Bergkamp, Dutch former professional footballer, article from independent.co.uk
Public speaking: “a plurality of Americans cite it as their number-one fear. Even seasoned actors feel gut-wrenching terror at the prospect of stepping out into the sea of eyes that awaits them onstage. It’s not uncommon to hear of singers and actors who vomit before each performance.”, says pshchologytoday.com
Nowadays, there are many effective, quick and painless ways to treat phobias, we don’t have to live with it. We don’t have to compromise, accept it and try to tailor our lives around it. One of the techniques we found to be quick, painless and permanent is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). “Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused. Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.” – healthline.com
Our experience shows that both simple and complex phobias will often respond quickly and easily to EFT.
Life is too short to live in fear, chose a phobia-free life!
Video by Gary Craig founder of EFT working with water phobia: