Emotional Freedom Techniques for Trauma Recovery

Emotional Freedom Techniques for Trauma Recovery

Many people who have struggled with issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder have found great success when applying emotional freedom techniques to their recovery process.

For those who have been a part of a traumatic experience, EFT can also be extremely beneficial in helping to process the trauma and learn how to cope with it.

The Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping Routine

Engaging in EFT can help a person who has been through trauma to begin coping, healing, reducing their potential for emotional relapse and start promoting a strong sense of self-awareness. The EFT process lasts only 90 seconds and consists of four simple steps (RATT) that have proven to help reduce symptoms of trauma significantly.

This four-step process goes as follows:

  1. Rate it – Before starting your EFT therapy, determine what part of your trauma you will be focusing on and rate it on a scale from 0-10 (ten being the most pressing).
  2. Affirm it – Affirm your problem by concocting a small phrase that sums up your traumatic experience and say it three times in a row while tapping one of your key energy points (“energy points” are parts of the body that when tapped, can begin to produce relief. They are under the arm, on the eyebrow, on the side of and under the eye, under the nose, on the chin and the collarbone). While repeating your phase and tapping your chosen energy point, remind yourself of your self-awareness and willingness to overcome your trauma.
  3. Tap it – Continue to repeat the phrase related to your trauma and begin tapping on each one of your energy points to produce an overall feeling of relaxation.
  4. Test it – Test your results by rating your feelings about your trauma on a scale from 0-10 again. Your number should be significantly lower, but if it is not, repeat the process until it is.

These four steps help control your body’s energy fields in ways that allow you to begin processing and understanding your trauma. Rather than becoming closed off to treatment, this form of therapy helps relax you into being able to focus on what needs to be accomplished in your treatment for you to begin to accept your trauma and move past it.

Getting Trauma Treatment

Living with an untreated traumatic experience can become extremely dangerous for your overall mental and psychological health. By participating in treatment such as EFT, you can start addressing the issues that surround your trauma so you can begin to live a happy, healthier life free of the burdens of your experience.