I have been using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) since 2003 and working as an EFT practitioner since 2008. I am an advanced and accredited EFT practitioner with EFT International (formerly AAMET). I also completed EFT-Cert I with Gary Craig in 2009 and EFT-CC and EFT-Adv with Patricia Carrington in 2008.
EFT, or tapping, is an energy psychology technique. It works by dissolving the emotional charge on any unresolved issues. You know you have a charge on something when just thinking about it makes you angry, afraid, or sad. Physically, your gut might tighten, a migraine develops or your back aches.
By gently tapping energy meridians with your fingertips (acupressure), you can have emotional freedom, that is, peace and acceptance around a particular issue, person or memory. Any conclusions that you came to as a result of certain events in your life, such as I'm not good enough, I'm bad, or I'm unlovable, will also naturally change as a result of tapping.
EFT can work on both the psychological and physical symptoms that arise as a result of stress. Some of the many issues that it can be used for include trauma, anxiety, depression, weight loss, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, pain, diabetes, tinnitus and many more.
Emotional freedom is the freedom to feel any emotion, not freedom from emotions. Emotions are our friends when we know how to work with them. However, when we dissociate, we end up feeling stuck and extremely frustrated because it takes a huge amount of energy to keep unfelt emotions at bay. Whatever we disconnect from, our body takes on and it will communicate any unfelt emotions through various symptoms and conditions. We need to learn how to feel all of our emotions which keeps them moving and EFT is an elegant and fantastic tool to help us do that.