Emotional Freedom Techniques for Trauma Recovery

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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Trauma RecoveryEmotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are innovative new treatments that use a system of finger-tapping and other sensory stimulation to treat individuals suffering from a variety of psychological disorders include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) While the specific mechanism that brings relief from these symptoms is still unknown, the results are generating extensive discussion within the mental health and addiction recovery communities. It seems that EFT reprograms damaged thought and behavior patterns through a combination of cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy, waking hypnosis and pressure point therapy.

What Does an EFT Session Look Like?

Depending on the particular issue being treated, a typical EFT session can involve any or all of the following:

  • A therapist asks questions that help the patient bring his or her emotional pain to mind
  • The patient then rates the level of emotional pain or distress on a scale from 1 to 10
  • The patient then repeats a healing phrase as he or she taps various pressure points on the body
  • The patient may move his or her eyes in a specially directed pattern
  • The patient may count forward and backward, sing or engage in other sensory activities

Patients are then asked to rate their level of emotional distress. In many cases this somewhat unconventional treatment brings immediate relief.

Which Conditions Can EFT Treat?

While EFT is most commonly used to treat people suffering from the emotional aftereffects of trauma, it can also treat the following conditions:

  • Eating disorders
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Various anxiety disorders
  • Addiction
  • Depression

EFT treatment may be integrated into existing mental health care programs or can be conducted in an outpatient environment by a specially trained therapist.

Are EFT Results Permanent?

When first used, the effects of EFT are often short-lived. The emotional distress may return to the patient within a day, but because the treatment is non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical, it can be repeated as needed. The associated relief tends to last longer over time. Underlying causes of the distress can also be diagnosed and treated. Thus EFT is often used within the context of a more broad-reaching mental health regimen that includes both physical psychological treatments. Patients can also often learn to administer the treatment to themselves if sadness, drug cravings or other destructive emotions surface.

Is EFT Right for Me?

If you are interested in EFT treatment or are struggling with PTSD and need help, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors can answer any of your EFT questions and can connect you with recovery programs that are uniquely suited to help you find peace of mind and physical relief. Don’t let trauma continue to haunt you. You have nothing to lose by making the call. We’re ready to help.