EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques, although a relatively new therapy (it was developed in the 1990s), actually has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine. At its heart is the theory that both physical and emotional imbalances are caused by blockages of the ‘life energy’ which is thought to flow along pathways in the body called meridians and which are released through stimulation of points along them. In acupuncture, needles are used, while in EFT release is effected by gently tapping on acupuncture points while at the same time focussing on the emotional issue or problem.
A large body of research supports its effectiveness in addressing emotional issues such as fears, phobias, anxiety and trauma. Brain scans, too, have shown that EFT affects brain wave patterns, calming the fight/flight/freeze response and freeing the person from limiting behaviours.
EFT can be used on its own or alongside other therapies where it can frequently provide a quickening of the therapeutic process or be of use when that process appears to have “got stuck”.
Tanya Lovett MA (Oxon), MSc, RN (Mental Health) has spent her life working in the mental health field, particularly in eating disorders settings and at other times with adolescents with mental health diagnoses. In 2010 she trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), in 2016 decided to work as a practitioner and so gained the Advanced Practitioner qualification and in 2017 became a Matrix Reimprinting practitioner. She has trained with three EFT masters and the creator of Matrix Reimprinting. She is a member of AAMET (The Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques), the body that accredits EFT training. She is particularly focussed on working with women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are still affected by childhood abuse and trauma.