Emotional Freedom techniques (EFT) have been developed as a practical self-help tool that anyone can use to help diffuse stress, anxiety, pain and all sort of other issues. It is a revolutionary strategy that puts simple self-healing literally into our own hands. Brilliant!
So why use a therapist if this is the case?
Albert Einstein has a famous quote: No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
A therapist who has the training to help you dig deeper, or to find a whole new perspective on your problem, is an obvious answer to solving the issue. When EFT tapping is used in conjunction with a professional theraputic approach, you can get to the real and usually surprising root of the problem, which is almost always out of sight to you.
Imagine you are training for a really tough physical challenge. You could go for a jog, or to the gym. Sweet. But if you are serious about achieving better results than ever, you would seek the services of a personal trainer, someone who has the skills and knowledge that you don't have, to motivate you and help you reach your goals.
Same with sorting out issues that are holding you back in life. You can chat to a friend, do some EFT tapping, meditate, exercise, etc - all great helping strategies. However, seeking out the services of a professional therapist, trained and ready to ask the tough questions that we usually steer clear of, can help you get the results to really move forward with life. And find your own real answers.
The action of EFT tapping has a distinct and measurable effect on the part of the brain that causes the fight or flight response. The beauty of using EFT as part of a therapy session, is that we can immediately lower the stress response - so your body feels safe - at the same time as dealing with the distressing issue that you are trying to solve. EFT is an unusually gentle and non-intrusive strategy so dealing with often tough emotional issues won't leave you feeling like you have been through an emotional-wringer.
Oh, and EFT is drug-free (no big-pharma profits).
I always teach my clients how to use EFT themselves, right from our first session. However, the benefits of using EFT along with the other psychotheraputic approaches during our sessions really has a significantly better outcome for clients than talk-therapy alone.