In 2008, when I was working as a Counselor for the Medical Center Brigade at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., I attended an in-service training that transformed how I work with clients. That day I learned about a technique to relieve anxiety, anger, and pain called Emotional Freedom Technique, or Tapping.
I was fascinated as I watched the Therapist trainer work with a veteran who was experiencing a severe headache. After tapping with him for about ten minutes, his headache was gone. The veteran was amazed and very pleased, to say the least, as he had tried many things in the past to little success.
Right then I knew I needed to learn this technique. I contacted the presenter and consulted with her for several months to learn how to use Tapping with clients and for my own personal use. Since that time, I have used Tapping extensively with clients, and in my own life. I tap almost every day to lighten my mood, focus more clearly, relieve stress, and deal with difficult issues that come up in daily life.
After all that buildup, what exactly is Tapping? It is a simple technique developed in the 1980s that combines Western psychology and Eastern acupressure points to relieve physical and emotional pain. By stating the issue at hand while tapping on various acupressure points on the head and upper body that are connected to our “feel-good” neurotransmitters, aka endorphin levels, we relieve stress, anger, and physical pain, which in turn increases our ability to feel joy.
Each time we tap, we experience change. While the memory of what caused stress or anger remains, the emotional component is cleared, so there is no longer a “charge” attached to the memory. When the emotional and physical pain is lessened or completely gone, often it does not return. When it does, it can be tapped away again. Over time, the triggers that caused pain in the past do not have the same energy or power they once had to cause pain.
As your EFT/Tapping Practitioner I will:
- Provide a safe space to help you discover and explore core challenges and clear emotional blocks to healing. Accessing painful issues when alone is difficult and can be frightening for some people. Being with an experienced practitioner provides safety and a sense of connection.
- Help you find words that resonate with you and that will be most effective in your healing process. People often have a hard time finding the right words, which then becomes a stumbling block for them.
- Keep you focused and on point with the issue so you can follow it through to the end.
I am including a link to a recent video from the NBC Today Show of an interview with Nick Ortner from thetappingsolution.com, as it provides a very clear picture of what Tapping can do.
There has been a great deal of research done on the effectiveness of Tapping. If you would like more information on that, Google “Tapping Research”. Also, you can go to YouTube and search “Tapping” to see people in action.