New online group for EFT in the NHS

UPDATE: This online group is no longer available

My good friend Liz Kirsopp a mental health worker here in Gateshead has started an email forum for NHS staff who use, or want to use, EFT in their work.

You are most welcome wherever in the country you live and work and whatever kind of job you do in or around the NHS so long as you are interested in using EFT in your work.

I am a primary care mental health worker in the North East of England. I’ve been using EFT for nearly 2 years now with some spectacular results. And some very good ones. And the occasional puzzled frown or accusation of making a monkey out of people.

My hope for these pages is that we can share our experiences and skills and support each other in our work. Also that we develop EFT for most effective use in a public service. I think this means we need to keep it as rational and evidence based as possible so that we can more easily promote and defend it in medical circles and with commissioners etc.

I invite your comments and suggestions at all times on our purposes and how best we can achieve them.

If you would like to take part in this forum on googlegroups or find out more send an email to Liz (liz at eftcafe dot co dot uk)


We are restarting this idea with a new online forum for practitioners in the NHS who use EFT or TFT. You can visit the NENET site here, but you will need to follow the instructions on the welcome page if you want to join.

Important: This new forum is not supported or endorsed by the NHS in any way.


Applying NLP – An Introduction I

IntegrityNLP are presenting two introductory workshops where you can learn how to apply some simple, yet incredibly effective processes, that can make a big difference to you at work and to how you work. This workshop is aimed at anyone who has to work with patients and their families, the other workshop will work on dealing with people in general, achieving outcomes and maintaining a positive attitude. If you work at a hospice in the Tyne and Wear area these workshops are FREE.

What would I get out of attending this workshop?

Simple, applying the techniques you will learn at this workshop will help make your life at work less stressful, healthier and better for you. It will also make things better for the people you work with.

Although the workshop may appear to primarily address your work situation, these skills will work just as well for you in your life outside work.

Please read on to see what attending this workshop can do for you.

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The calming effect of naming emotions

A brain scanning study has found that naming an emotion reduces it’s intensity.

Participants in the experiment were scanned while they looked at pictures of faces with different emotional expressions.

It turned out that when naming an emotion … activity in a frontal lobe area called the the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (right VLPFC) significantly increased while activity in the amygdala decreased.The amygdala is known to be heavily involved in processing emotions and seems to be regulated, at least in part, by the VLPFC.

These findings are consistent with this idea. The VLPFC increases its activity to dampen down the emotions triggered by the amygdala.

It occurred to me that part of the ‘setup procedure’ for a round of EFT is to have the person identify and label the feeling or emotion they are feeling. Then as they are tapping the meridian points they are using the name of the feeling as the ‘reminder phrase’.

This consistent and persistent naming of the emotion may well accelerate the calming influence of the tapping procedure before the tapping has even begun.

The whole article can be found here Mind Hacks: Labelling emotions reduces their impact

The Weekly Wash

Here’s a simple way for two EFTers to help each other get over a difficult week.

  1. Make a little bit of time together to do the ‘weekly wash’.
  2. Make a list of all the ‘crap’ things that happened to you last week. All the disappointments, arguments, incidents, embarrassments, ‘Mr Angry’ moments, everything with an unpleasant feeling attached to it.
  3. Scale each incident on the 0-10 scale.
  4. One of you picks an incident they would like to neutralise, the other acting as guide helps them neutralise that memory using the EFT movie technique. Be very thorough.
  5. When that incident has been neutralised swap roles.
  6. Continue neutralising each others incidents until they have all been cleared.
  7. Thank each other and enjoy a truly relaxed week end.

P.S. You can use this process solo, but it’s more fun to have someone to help you along.

We tried this out at our EFT Café last week and found that this process works quite nicely. Here are some of the benefits for this process if practised on a regular basis.

  • If you have made an arragement with someone else to do this you are much more likely to go through with it. Like most beneficial activities EFT is harder to practice solo than in company.
  • You have an opportunity practice the movie technique, one of the fundamental processes in EFT.
  • Both of you will get the benefits of the tapping.
  • You will have a more relaxed weekend. Why waste it worrying about what happened?
  • If disagreeable events keep cropping up for you on a weekly basis this process will start to work away at those underlying issues.
  • If you are tackling underlying issues, not only do you relieve last week’s stresses , but you will probably reduce the amount stress that you will get next week. Two for the price of one.

Falklands Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Here in the UK it’s the anniversary of the Falklands War. The plight of ex-servicemen still suffering from the effects of PTSD from that conflict is being reported in the media, including this article in The Times

David Walters who runs an EFT based program to help ex-servicemen overcome the trauma of that conflict has posted a video of interviews with people who have used his program. They only mention EFT in passing but the results are an excellent testimony to this kind of work

You can find out more about this program

How many sessions will this take?

This is a very popular question with my clients. It’s understandable, they have a problem they want solved and they are having to pay for my time.

Of course the question is very difficult to answer. Even problems at seem quite straightforward may have many hidden aspects.

I like to use the metaphor of the jigsaw, the problem as presented is the theme of the jigsaw, but at the start we may have very little idea how many pieces make up the puzzle: 5, 50 or 500. The more pieces there are to work with the longer the solution will take. This is an uncomfortable prospects for most clients, only Woody Allen can afford to spend 30 years in therapy.

From my perspective the jigsaw consists of three kinds of pieces: feelings, memories and beliefs.

  • Feelings are anything that you’re aware of in your body, sensations, emotions, reactions, states and moods. They could include: anger, anxiety, tingling fingers, churnings stomach, sadness.
  • Memories could include traumas and other difficult experiences.
  • Beliefs are the conclusions we have come to about life and ourselves based on the experiences we’ve had.

Each of these feelings, memories and beliefs jigsaw pieces make up the problem and the route to the solution. To get a complete resolution each of these pieces will need to be addressed.

At the start nobody knows what the parts are and how long it will take to work through them. The picture is complicated still further because when the problem is solved there may be aspects of the solution that need to be resolved.

For example: if the problem is a cat allergy once the allergy has been solved then the client has no reason not to visit his cat owning in-laws who he dislikes. The allergy solution may create an in-law problem that will need to be addressed.

My approach to all this complexity is to recommend blocks of 4 sessions. At the end of the fourth session we can discuss the progress and plan how to proceed. This takes it from being an open ended commitment into an agreement with regular reviews. It doesn’t answer the how long will this take question but it breaks it down into more manageable chunks.

If we resolve the difficulty in less than four sessions the client only pays for the time they have used.

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