EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

What is EFT?

EFT, also known as ‘tapping therapy’ is an alternative treatment for emotional and physical distress, used to assist recovery from anxiety, depression, and addiction. With its principles linking to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acupuncture, EFT gently addresses mental and emotional stresses and attempts to release them verbally and through gentle stimulation of the meridians. With these combined techniques, the brain is encouraged to focus on one difficulty and overcome it with time, as a therapy and a solution for some who struggle with addiction.

The use of tapping on the meridian points (head, eyebrows, nose, chin, collarbones, hands) is thought to centre and balance the body’s energy as these areas have sensitive mechanoreceptors. These respond to touch and therefore the nervous system responds and activates the brain. Focusing on one phrase or emotion you want to overcome, and repeating this while simultaneously tapping, the treatment starts its course.

EFT Hand Tapping
EFT Finger Tapping

What EFT Can Be Used For

  • Healing any past trauma an individual may have experienced.
  • Reducing the risk of relapse once a client is sober.
  • Helps with emotions including stress.
  • Relieves physical pain.
  • Helps to manage anger and anxiety.
  • Minimises withdrawal symptoms and addictive cravings.

EFT can be done by yourself at home or in sessions with our therapist at New Leaf. Working with a professional can be beneficial as they can direct the therapy and guide you through recovery.

The Benefits of EFT

When it comes to addiction recovery, EFT is used to address psychological symptoms and is proven to be effective. The benefits of EFT include:

  • Dealing with withdrawal symptoms
  • Reducing the chances of relapse
  • Self-control and restraint
  • Healing from trauma
  • Minimising cravings
  • Dealing with stress/anger/anxiety/guilt
  • Altering the way your thoughts process
  • Relieving physical tension/pain
EFT Head Tapping

Will It Work for Me?

With any therapy and treatment course, everybody has a different experience and depending on your addiction or cause for treatment, your body and mind’s response isn’t always predictable. This being said, there is a high rate of patients seeing improvement in their recovery through the use of EFT.

It is best to come into this kind of therapy with a specific problem or area you want to face and rate its intensity. If you are looking to address something that has been stressful for you, we can work on this hurdle with tapping and verbal phrases that will be repeated to acknowledge your stress. This cycle will be repeated as many times as needed and will take effect over a period of time.

Find Support with New Leaf Recovery

While EFT can be a simple, and easy-to-approach technique, it is very powerful, and many clients find it a great tool for recovery. At New Leaf, we intend to help you through your journey to recovery and find the best methods of treatment for you. Contact New Leaf today for more information on our EFT Treatment or view our other services.

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