Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Cairns

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Cairns

For millennia, people have been seeking ways to optimise physical, emotional and spiritual well being without the use of artificial elements, such as drugs and invasive procedures. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture and herbal remedies are all examples of people’s desire to live better and more authentically, naturally.

What is emotional freedom technique?

In psychological circles, this ambition is being met through advancements in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is an exciting combination of Eastern wisdom about acupressure, or ‘meridian points’, and Western psychotherapy. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points whilst talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions. “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centres of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part which is active in talk therapy),” explains Dr Church PhD, who has been researching and using EFT since 2002. As EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session”.

EFT and stress

Modern lifestyles mean that people are experiencing higher and higher levels of stress on a daily basis. The body’s natural response to stressful situations is for the amygdala (an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates the body’s negative reaction to fear) to release cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. Cortisol is integral in the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response which was life-saving to ancient peoples when confronted by threats of imminent danger, such as a tiger attack. Useful in short bursts, the frequent release of cortisol brought on by the chronic stress of modern life, can cause serious physical, mental and emotional health issues. Please see our Stress Management page.

How does EFT work?

EFT is proving very effective in accessing the amygdala and reducing cortisol levels. By tapping on specific meridian points, cortisol and associated stress levels reduce and this practice has been directly linked to alleviating issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, severe PTSD, physical pain and even illness. Due to its benefits and ability to provide non-invasive treatment, the use of this treatment in modern psychology practices is expanding and Dr Church estimates that over 10 million people worldwide have used the technique.

Emotional freedom technique counsellor in Cairns and North Queensland

Crispian Jones at Seachange Psychology offers EFT services for clients in Cairns and North Queensland. EFT can assist with a range of physical and emotional wellness issues and is tailored to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

To find out more about EFT and how it can be used to assist in your healing and wellness journey, call 07 4041 4147.

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 12 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $84.80 as at 2015.