The Emotional freedom Technique and Picture Tapping
These techniques are effectively used with children, young people and adults. As the techniques are less conventional, they are offered as an option, for those who are interested.
What is the emotional freedom technique?
This is an gentle effective technique in which the individual is taught to gently tap with their fingertips on acupressure points on their head and chest, while tuning into a particular thought.
"EFT” or “tapping,” is based upon the same knowledge of energy meridians which has been used in traditional acupuncture for over 5000 years.
In both therapies, difficult events and emotions such as anxiety, anger and stress are believed to cause blockages in energy flows around the body and tapping works on clearing these; therefore on restoring a healthy energy flow. In this way, EFT is able to work on emotional, psychological, and physical health, and also is used in hospitals for pain management.
I find it particularly helpful in helping reduce any strong emotions such as anxiety, anger, stress, exam or interview nerves, and in getting back to sleep at night. The process can be easily learnt by the client, and then can be a great additional skill to deal with everyday life .
This is blend of EFT and art therapy techniques, in which the individual is asked to draw how they are feeling about something that is bothering them, and then to carry out some tapping, while describing what they have drawn.
A number of pictures will be drawn in one session, and “tapped on” as emotions are worked through, and ends with a relaxing visualisation of “framing” the final picture, in order to absorb this new perspective.
Children seem to particularly enjoy this creative technique, and they respond to working with drawing and metaphor in this way, but many adults find this very helpful, particularly as it is not necessary to describe the difficulty that is bothering you; just the picture.