WORKING WITH A PRACTITIONER OR BEING A PRACTITIONER
Q: Do I need a practitioner?
Answer 1 by Certified EFT Practitioner and Trainer Jan Watkins: Yes and no. You can incorporate EFT into your life as a natural and easy method of stress reduction. Anytime you have a negative emotional charge, use EFT! Also, consider the EFT Personal Peace Procedure, a plan to deal with all negative events.
If you are dealing with an issue that is of a serious nature or difficult for you personally, however, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a licensed mental health professional. In some cases, your mental health professional may agree that an EFT practitioner could be a useful addition to your work.
Here are some other reasons you might consider working with an EFT practitioner, rather than simply tapping on your own:
- · If you aren’t making progress
- · If you have some troubling memories or issues that you would not rather address alone
- · If you generally have a difficult time tolerating negative emotions
- · If you would like to progress more quickly
If you have the time and resources to utilize the support and insight of an experienced practitioner, it can be a transformational experience. You may find that results come more quickly and easily if you have a coach along for the journey. An experienced practitioner can guide you effectively through blind spots and help make tapping through issues a very positive experience.
Answer 2 from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church: There are several circumstances under which you might consider working with a certified EFT practitioner. An obvious one is when you aren’t making progress working alone.
You’ll find you can easily solve some problems by using EFT on yourself. On others, you’ll find you make little or no progress. In these cases, the advice of an experienced practitioner is valuable.
You might also consider working with a practitioner who specializes in your condition. Most practitioners develop specialties. They have clusters of clients with common problems, such as sports performance issues, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), low self-esteem, or obesity. Some have specialized training in the form of a credential such as Certified EFT Weight Loss Coach or Certified Psychological Trauma Coach. Such a practitioner will bring a wealth of experience to your situation, and you’re likely to make much faster progress than you’ll make alone.
You can often make faster progress learning the subtleties of EFT by working with one or more practitioners. Each one has a different style, and you’ll start to notice varying tricks and techniques. You’ll learn which of these work best for you and incorporate them into your process of learning EFT. This gives you a wider spectrum of techniques and perspectives than you will develop doing EFT by yourself.
Having a practitioner can contribute to your psychological and physical support system, even if you don’t see them very often. Just talking to them once in a while might give you the boost you need to overcome a particular problem. Knowing there’s a practitioner who is there in case you need them can provide security. After a few sessions, your practitioner will get to know you and your patterns and can be a powerful ally on your healing journey.
A practitioner can also provide accountability. We often break promises that we make to ourselves. We make a pledge that we’ll go to the gym and work out three days a week. Then when the alarm clock sounds in the morning, we turn it off and catch an extra hour’s sleep instead. Having an external person to whom you make yourself accountable can help you meet your goals. If you’ve told your practitioner you’re going to the gym three times a week and are emailing your practitioner at the end of each week, you’re much more likely to stick to your commitments. An accountability partner provides us with an external reference point to keep us on track with our goals. If you feel resistance to going to the gym coming up, you can tap with your practitioner on that resistance. Along with keeping you accountable, your practitioner can help you identify secondary gain that might lie beneath self-sabotaging behaviors.
Many practitioners work over the phone or via videoconferencing services such as Skype. This makes it easy and convenient to do an EFT session without leaving home or work. Other times, however, a session in the office might be more powerful than a phone or Skype session. You might try in-person sessions with a practitioner in your geographic area and see if you make faster progress this way. In a study of veterans with PTSD, those who received in-person sessions had a significantly greater reduction in symptoms than those receiving phone sessions (Hartung & Stein, 2012). While remote sessions were still useful, an in-person session provided the practitioner with many therapeutic cues that could help get to the heart of an issue.