Have you heard of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
Yes, I have heard about EFT. It’s Gary Craig’s spin-off from Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy method, only less expensive, more accessible and much simplified. I’ve been looking into EFT, along with other methods, (EMDR, TIR, TAT, IRT, PET, WHEE, VKD, etc etc), as it is one of the imagery-based interventions that seem to work well for simple, single-incident PTSD, and some other conditions too. It can also be applied to more complex trauma, but that requires moving layer by layer, and isn’t as quick or easy.
But yes, it does appear to be a legitimate form of therapy, and one that may have some preventive benefits at the time of a traumatic event, too. Research has yet to show us what it works best for; or when it’s preferable to using over, say, EMDR or trauma incident reduction. But it bears watching.
And since EFT is a simple, low cost, fast method that doesn’t activate a ton of anxiety, panic and distress in trauma survivors, it is certainly worth a try before signing someone up for longterm, expensive, upsetting talk therapy. And it mixes well with guided imagery, which tends to help integrate the positive changes it produces. And, like guided imagery, it makes talk therapy more effective subsequent to its use.
The website you mention, www.EmoFree.com, generously features other quickie, effective techniques as well, and sends out a free enewsletter to anyone who is interested.
Thanks for the question, and good luck.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award
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