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Embracing Emotional Freedom: A Journey with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Welcome back to our transformative blog series, "Unlocking the Healing Power Trauma-Informed Tapping Techniques"! In this segment, we embark on a profound exploration of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a dynamic approach to healing that integrates meridian tapping on acupoints with psychological interventions. Join us as we delve into the transformative potential of EFT in trauma recovery and emotional regulation.

Introduction to EFT and Meridian Tapping on Acupoints

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), developed by Gary Craig, offer a unique blend of ancient Eastern wisdom and modern psychology. At its core, EFT involves gentle tapping on specific acupoints along the body's meridian lines, combined with focused attention on emotional experiences and distressing memories. This powerful combination serves to release energetic blockages and promote emotional well-being, making EFT an invaluable tool for trauma recovery and self-regulation.

Trauma-informed Tapping
EFT Tapping Points

Step-by-Step Guide to EFT for Self-Regulation

Embarking on your journey with EFT begins with a simple yet profound practice: tapping. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus on your inner experiences. Identify the specific issue or emotion you wish to address, whether it's anxiety, anger, or grief. Then, using your fingertips, gently tap on the acupoints while simultaneously acknowledging and accepting your feelings. As you tap, repeat affirmations or statements that resonate with your experience, such as "Even though I feel anxious, I deeply and completely accept myself." Continue tapping until you feel a sense of relief and calm wash over you.

Case Studies Demonstrating the Efficacy of EFT in Trauma Recovery

Numerous case studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the profound efficacy of EFT in trauma recovery. For example, research conducted by Dr. Dawson Church and his colleagues has shown significant reductions in symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression following EFT interventions. Case studies have also highlighted the transformative impact of EFT in addressing specific trauma-related issues, such as phobias, nightmares, and intrusive memories. These findings underscore the versatility and effectiveness of EFT as a trauma-informed healing modality.

Tips for Therapists on Incorporating EFT into Their Practice

For therapists seeking to integrate EFT into their clinical practice, it's essential to receive proper training and supervision from certified EFT practitioners. Organizations such as the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) offer training programs and resources for therapists interested in learning EFT techniques.

Additionally, incorporating EFT into therapy sessions can enhance traditional approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, and trauma-focused therapies. By weaving EFT into the fabric of their practice, therapists can empower clients to tap into their innate capacity for healing and emotional freedom.

Practice: Cultivating Emotional Freedom with EFT

To experience the transformative power of EFT firsthand, we invite you to join us in a brief tapping practice. Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Identify a specific emotion or issue you would like to address, whether it's stress, sadness, or overwhelm. Then, using your fingertips, gently tap on the following acupoints while repeating affirmations that resonate with your experience:

  • Top of the head

  • Eyebrow

  • Side of the eye

  • Under the eye

  • Under the nose

  • Chin

  • Collarbone

  • Under the arm

Trauma-Informed Tapping
EFT Tapping Points

Continue tapping on each point while acknowledging your feelings and affirming your self-acceptance and emotional well-being. Notice any shifts in your body sensations, emotions, or thoughts as you tap. Allow yourself to fully embrace the experience of emotional freedom and empowerment that arises within you.

EFT Tapping Exercise Script for Anxiety Relief

Let's embark on a journey of emotional freedom and anxiety relief through the transformative power of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit or stand comfortably, and let's begin:

  1. Identify Your Anxiety: Take a moment to tune into your body and mind. Notice any sensations or thoughts associated with anxiety. It might be tightness in your chest, racing thoughts, or a knot in your stomach. Acknowledge whatever you're feeling without judgment.

  2. Rate Your Anxiety: On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being completely calm and 10 being extreme anxiety, rate the intensity of your anxiety. This will help you track your progress throughout the tapping exercise.

  3. Setup Statement: As you focus on your anxiety, create a setup statement that acknowledges your feelings while affirming self-acceptance. For example: "Even though I feel anxious about [specific situation], I deeply and completely love and accept myself."

  4. Tap on the Karate Chop Point: Begin by tapping on the karate chop point on the side of your hand (the fleshy part below your pinky finger) with the fingertips of your other hand. While tapping, repeat your setup statement three times aloud.

  5. Tapping Sequence: Now, move through the following tapping points, using a gentle tapping motion with your fingertips:

  • Top of the head

  • Eyebrow

  • Side of the eye

  • Under the eye

  • Under the nose

  • Chin

  • Collarbone

  • Under the arm

  • Karate Chop Point

  1. Repeat Affirmations: As you tap on each point, repeat affirmations that resonate with your experience of anxiety. For example:

  • "Even though I feel anxious, I deeply and completely accept myself."

  • "I release this anxiety from my body and mind."

  • "I am safe and grounded in this present moment."

  • "I choose to cultivate peace and calm within myself."

  1. Check-In: After completing a round of tapping, take a deep breath and check in with yourself. Notice any shifts in your body sensations, emotions, or thoughts. Reassess the intensity of your anxiety on a scale of 0 to 10.

  2. Repeat as Needed: If your anxiety persists, continue tapping through the sequence, adjusting your setup statement and affirmations as necessary. Trust your intuition and allow yourself to release any tension or resistance with each round of tapping.

  3. Closing: Once you feel a sense of calm and relief, take a few moments to ground yourself in the present moment. Notice the sensation of your breath, the support of the ground beneath you, and the space of peace within. Affirm your strength and resilience in overcoming anxiety, knowing that you hold the power to cultivate emotional freedom and well-being within yourself.

Remember, this tapping exercise is a tool for self-care and empowerment. Feel free to customize it to suit your unique needs and preferences. With practice and patience, you can harness the healing power of EFT to alleviate anxiety and reclaim your sense of inner peace and resilience.

As we continue our journey with trauma-informed tapping techniques, let us embrace the transformative potential of EFT in cultivating emotional resilience and reclaiming our innate capacity for healing. Stay tuned for our next installment, where we'll explore the realm of energy medicine techniques for trauma healing. Together, let's embark on a journey of empowerment and healing, unlocking the boundless possibilities that lie within.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC, RYI, EMDR & IFS Consultant

Stacy Ruse, LPC, RYI, is a highly regarded figure in the realm of mental health, boasting a rich tapestry of expertise and experience. As an Evergreen EMDR consultant, IFS-Institute consultant, and Registered Yoga Instructor, she stands at the forefront of innovative therapeutic practices. As the visionary founder of Aglow Counseling, Stacy cultivates a space where healing transcends the ordinary, embracing a therapeutic paradigm that blends the precision of EMDR, IFS, and Somatic therapies with a transpersonal twist.

At the heart of Stacy's methodology lies a holistic ethos that reveres the profound interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Through her guidance, individuals are empowered to delve into the depths of their being, unlocking their innate resilience and embarking on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Her approach serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating pathways to personal growth that extend far beyond the confines of conventional therapy.

Widely recognized as a luminary in trauma recovery, Stacy's influence extends both nationally and internationally. As a revered trainer and clinical consultant, she imparts her wisdom with a compassionate commitment to trauma-informed care. Grounded in evidence-based methodologies, her work serves as a catalyst for healing, offering solace and support to those navigating the complexities of trauma. Through her dedication and expertise, Stacy Ruse emerges as a guiding light, guiding individuals towards a future imbued with healing, resilience, and profound transformation.


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