Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping Practitioner in Salt Lake City
Please Note: Although Emotional Freedom Techniques appears to have promising mental, spiritual and physical health benefits, it has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical and psychological communities and therefore, may be considered experimental. Energy Psychology has generated an increasing amount of research over the past few years and is well on it’s way to being considered an “evidence-based” therapy. I encourage you to research EFT to determine if EFT might be of benefit to you. Before proceeding, please read the Disclaimer. By continuing to explore this website, you represent you have read, understand and agree to the terms of the disclaimer.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping
I had been trained and had always been comfortable identifying as a fairly traditional Cognitive-Behavioral therapist. A few years ago when I was updating the professional orientation section of my web site, I changed it to “mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral therapy” and worried that I might scare off prospective patients with such an “out there” concept. Little did I know that I would soon be embarking on this eyebrow-raising journey of Energy Psychology that I, initially, viewed as REALLY out there.
It has taken me a while to grow into the identity of an energy healer. I wrote a blog post entitled, “Coming out as an energy psychology practitioner.” The more patients I see benefitting from Emotional Freedom Techniques, the more excited I am to talk to patients and colleagues about it. All the research on trauma treatment and the necessity of healing the nervous system has helped me to appreciate what EFT has to offer.
A colleague with whom I meet for monthly consultation first told me about Emotional Freedom Techniques. I had been, frequently, reporting to her that I was feeling burned out with traditional therapy. I started researching EFT and was, immediately, intrigued. As clumsy as I was when I first started using EFT on myself, I knew something was up with this.
I discovered the Association For Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and attended my first conference in 2012. There I learned that ACEP was offering an Emotional Freedom Techniques training in Salt Lake City and I signed right up. I was hooked. I devoured the information offered through my own certification process and have been expanding my knowledge of energy psychology ever since. I am certified by ACEP as an Advanced Practitioner of EFT (ACAP-EFT).
I have, also, been teaching yoga for many years and had been looking for a way to bridge my yoga and mental health practices in a way that resonated for me. I knew of mental health practitioners who incorporated yoga movement into their practices but that wasn’t what I was looking for. When I discovered EFT, it hit me: It’s the energy aspects of both yoga and EFT that combine in a way that works for me. Now, I bring yoga into my mental health practice and Energy Psychology concepts into my yoga practice.
I love the systematic and methodical way that EFT offers to organize a patient’s treatment. I, now, have so many more tools to add to my clinical tool box. For me, EFT is most effective when the patient’s story is deconstructed in very thin slices and the emotion at each point of activation is collapsed without re-traumatizing the patient. It is cool to watch the amazed expressions on people’s faces as issues that have bothered them for a lifetime begin to soften and fade.
Although EFT has been marketed as a self-help tool, I consider it to be a valuable clinical therapeutic tool. It is far more effective when the patient is guided through the process by a skilled practitioner.
I have been invited by ACEP to become a trainer in their new EFT training program. I am very excited to have the opportunity to help other professionals learn and implement EFT into their practices. Although still considered experimental, Energy Psychology is rapidly gaining traction and being increasingly embraced by the more traditional medical establishment. I feel honored to be able to spread the word and to help send qualified, educated professionals out into the world to share the benefits of Energy Psychology.
As a traditional therapist, I am skilled at deconstructing processes and conveying that information to others. Adding EFT to my toolbox has opened new possibilities for therapy. I have a tremendous appreciation for the precision and thoroughness that EFT offers. I’ve learned how important it is to the healing process to slow both myself and my patient down and to keep looking for what’s left rather than rushing to the end.
Contact me if you’d like to know more about EFT and whether or not it is appropriate for you. I offer in-person sessions in my Salt Lake City office as well as EFT Coaching sessions via Skype or phone.
The Basic Recipe And More
I have included some general information on EFT as well as information about The Basic EFT Recipe, including the tapping points. You can find everything you ever wanted to know about EFT tapping on the founder of EFT, Gary Craig’s, website www.emofree.com. You can find more information about energy psychology, in general, at the Association For Energy Psychology web site and my mental health practice and me at my counseling web site.
Contacting me via email is the most efficient if you have any questions and to find out if Emotional Freedom Techniques is a good fit for you. ACEP has a research page where you can access the latest research on Energy Psychology.
George J. Limberakis, M.Ed.,
ACEP Certified Advanced Practitioner of EFT