I honestly believe I could not have helped her do that without EFT." Emma-Leigh Johnson, a London-based drugs counsellor is unequivocal about its benefits, "By the time clients come to me they have had lots of therapy.
They know what to say, the games to play and boxes to tick.
EFT is so unusual, they don't know what you want to hear." Few therapies allow a patient to say aloud that they accept themselves despite their rape / abuse / addiction, while dealing with the emotions that arise simultaneously.
Johnson explains, "lots of therapy separates the issue and the human being.
Using the "Movie Technique," we must make a mental movie of a specific event, giving it a title and running it in our mind's eye, marking its intensity between 1 – 10, before tapping with the mantra, "Even though I have this playground bullying / car accident / illness diagnosis movie, I deeply and completely accept myself." In extreme cases of trauma, the patient can merely imagine the units of distress without running the movie in their head, gradually moving towards the scene at a safe pace.
In spite of – or perhaps because of – the adrenaline from feeling like a bit of a wally, when using the "Movie Technique" myself my own memory of witnessing a violent assault twenty years ago, does indeed fade in its intensity. EFT has impressive results on a whole spectrum of emotional issues but is arguably making its biggest impact on those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Singer Michael Ball was seen doing it on a daytime TV chat show.
He learnt it from the late singer, Stephen Gately, who used it to calm his own performance nerves.
She recounts a 12-year-old Chechnyan girl suffering speech and anxiety problems as a result of witnessing, aged six, her uncle's dismembered body brought into the family home and laid on the kitchen table by hysterical relatives.
EFT works by a person tapping on just nine of these acupoints, while speaking aloud. Working in pairs we identify a minor physical ailment and repeat the phrase, "Even though I have this sore knee / headache / lack of energy, I deeply and completely accept myself," while tapping on the meridian points: the soft part of the hand beneath the little finger, crown of the head, around the eyes, beneath the nose, the chin, near the clavicle and beneath the armpit.
I just about resist the urge to "ooh ooh" like a monkey.
She pictured herself watching the terrible scene on TV but through another TV and so on until she was five levels removed and even then she saw herself watching from behind the curtains.
But after six weeks she was talking fluently and could recount the event with no anxiety.