Commentary by Casey VanPutten
For many, this time of year isn’t the “most wonderful time of the year.” The holiday season can be extremely stressful for people. Whatever the reason for your stress (loss of a loved one, recent divorce, children or just life in general), the Emotional Freedom Technique may be helpful. EFT, also known as tapping, has been receiving a ton of recognition lately for its effectiveness in helping to reduce anxiety, eliminate phobias, manage pain, etc. However, just as you wouldn’t see a doctor who learned how to perform surgery after watching YouTube videos, it’s important to look for someone who’s credentialed and someone you can trust. Being selective in your process of searching for a practitioner, as well as recognizing the limitations of EFT, will help you achieve optimal results.
EFT is a powerful tool, no doubt, but it should not be viewed as a replacement for medical advice and may need to be combined with other services when appropriate. For example, someone dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction can absolutely benefit from utilizing EFT, but they should also seek the help of a substance abuse counselor or program like AA. Likewise, someone tapping for pain relief should consider seeing a medical doctor as well.
When working with emotions and possible trauma, it’s extremely important to work with practitioners who are trained in the proper techniques to help facilitate a space where clients feel safe and supported. One way to search for a qualified practitioner is to search for someone that’s received certification in EFT. Some of the most reputable organizations that do this are AAMET International, ACEP and EFTUniverse. Both offer an online search directory of certified EFT practitioners, as well as the latest research and resources in this area. The other way is to search for a licensed therapist that integrates EFT into their practice. Several are located right here in Fishers, Noblesville and Indianapolis.
Casey VanPutten is an Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner at Flourish Yoga & Wellbeing in Fishers. She’s also a former school counselor/softball coach and enjoys blogging about alternative healing modalities. If you’re looking for more info about EFT, please visit flourishyoga.biz or email her at [email protected].