Corona Virus Stress and Distress Relief: An Offer For NHS And Care Home Staff

If you are working on the ‘frontline’ in NHS or care homes during the corona virus pandemic you don’t need me to tell you how hard it is.

You have probably seen things you would rather not have seen, heard things you would rather not have heard and felt things you would have preferred not to feel. It wouldn’t be surprising if you took those memories home with you and, however much you tried, they came back into your mind bringing all their stress and distress with them.

As well as coping with your own distress you may need to cope with the distress of patients and their families and maybe even your colleagues.

Depending on the role you have, you may know exactly what the corona virus is like and what it can do to people. Sometimes you will know how little you can do to help them.

I’m not there, so I can’t really imagine how scary this might be for you.

You may be scared for yourself, your colleagues, your family and friends. Not only do you have to cope with your own fears and anxieties you have to deal with their anxieties for you. That’s more stress and distress to deal with.

You may feel anger about how the ‘powers that be’ are making things worse and you might feel grief for the family, friends and colleagues you have lost.

There are probably a lot of other things that prey on your mind, batter your emotions and wear you out.

You may have your own ways of coping with all this stress and distress.

I’d like to offer you another stress relief strategy that could help you cope. It’s easy to learn and it’s free.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) / AKA Tapping

You may have heard about EFT/Tapping. It involves tapping on acupuncture points with your finger tips to relieve stress and distress. You can find out more about EFT/Tapping here.

If you have not had any experience of it, it probably looks and sounds unusual. However EFT has been the subject of a lot of research and is now being researched by NICE as a treatment protocol for PTSD.

Here is some of the research that has been done on using EFT for PTSD and anxiety:

If you are in the NHS or a care home setting working with corona virus patients I’d like to offer you free sessions to help you relieve the stress and distress of your work and show you how to use these techniques for yourself.

This offer is open to you whether you are a consultant or a cleaner, a nurse practitioner or a porter, a junior doctor or a health care assistant. If your work is at the sharp end of the pandemic I’d like to offer what help I can.

I’ve been in private practice as a psychological therapist for 20 years, I’ve been using and offering training in EFT since 2004. I’m a member of two professional organisations (and on the ethics board of one).

The sessions I am offering are for helping you let go of some of the stress and distress of what you are experiencing and to teach you how to use these simple processes for yourself.

Please note:

  • These sessions are NOT counselling or psychotherapy.
  • The hour long sessions will be online using the Zoom platform.
  • I have capacity for up to six free NHS/Care Home clients, each client would be entitled up to six one-hour long sessions.
  • These strictly confidential sessions are offered from my private practice, I have no links or contract with the NHS. The fact that you are seeing me and the content of our sessions will not be in a report to your employer / manager.

If you would like to find out more and whether these sessions would be helpful to you, drop me a line using the form below and we can arrange a short telephone conversation to see if this might be helpful to you.

I hope this offer can help in some small way. I have no useful medical experience and I wouldn’t even be able to sew you a set of scrubs, but I do know how to help people let go of stress and distress and I’d be honoured to help in that way.

Thank you for doing the wonderful and difficult work you are having to do.


Andy Hunt

If you are would like to know more about this offer please get in touch.

Why it’s better to learn from life than be taught by it.

I recently saw this ‘inspirational’ quote

“When you replace “why is this happening?” with “what is this trying to teach me?” then everything shifts.

There is a popular idea in personal growth circles that difficult things are really lessons, provided by God / Universe / Spirit / Source that we need to be taught to progress to our next level of ‘spiritual development’.

From this perspective, asking the question “What is this trying to teach me?” makes sense.

It’s probably a better question than “Why is this happening to me?” but I think the metaphor underpinning the question has some serious downsides.

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Can you help me write a book?

The Tapping ToolkitA few years ago I published a book called The Tapping Toolkit, a collection of tools and techniques that I had developed over the years I’ve used EFT with clients and on myself.

Now I’d like to update the book with a new version that builds on and adds some new techniques and tactics I’ve developed since the first version, written in 2014.

So how can you help me write a book?

In the ‘old’ days if you wanted a book you had to wait for the author to write it and for it to be published. If you’ve ever written a book you will know that this can take a long time. As a reader you had to wait for the author to finish and then you got the whole book all at once.

This, traditional, approach to writing a book has two main drawbacks:

  1. The book may or may not be useful for the person it is written for. The reader gets no say in what is covered and how it is explained. They have to take the authors version as it is.
  2. The book depends on the writers ability to know what the reader wants or needs. What’s written and how it is written is based on the writer’s guesses about what matters to the reader.

Now there is a way of writing a book that incorporates the feedback and needs of the reader.

New technology allows writers to quickly build and distribute a several editions of the book over time and respond the feedback and interests of the people who want to read it.

With each new edition the book becomes a better book because it addresses the needs of the people it is written for.

This is the approach I’m adopting for the new version of The Tapping Toolkit.

How does this work?

The latest version of The Tapping Toolkit is available from here.

There are two versions available:

  • A free sample so you can find out if you like what I have to say and how I’m saying it.
  • The current version of the book as it evolves which you need to pay for.

The current version of the book will evolve over time as I respond to feedback and add new chapters.

You can download the free sample at any time. If you like what you see you can buy an ebook edition of the current version.

You choose your price between a minimum and maximum value. Once you buy the book you get all the following updates free of charge when they are published.

In the early days the minimum fee will be quite low, as the book gets larger and closer to completion the minimum price will rise reflecting the value of the larger book.

When the book finally reaches version 1.0 and is complete. I will create a paperback version for those of you who like real books. If you have bought an ebook version of The Tapping Toolkit I will offer a substantial discount on the paperback version.

What’s in it for you?

This approach to writing a book is called ‘Lean Publishing’ and it has the following benefits to you the reader:

  • You get a usable book far sooner than if you had to wait for the author to finish the final copy.
  • You can send feedback, comments and ask for clarification to the author which may be incorporated into the next edition. Your new (free) updated book will be improved by the collective feedback of other readers.
  • As each new chapter is added and feedback included you will get a bigger and better book.
  • Each new mini-edition will be delivered in a matter of weeks.
  • Once you have bought the book you will get each update free of charge.
  • You decide what to pay for the book within the minimum and maximum suggested price.
  • When the paperback version of the book is published you will get a substantial discount if you decide to upgrade from pixels to paper.

What’s in it for me?

This approach is not only good for you it has benefits for me too:

  • It’s a lot easier to explain things if you get good feedback.
  • It’s motivating to know that people are interested and invested in what you want to say.
  • I get better royalties than I’d get from a regular publisher/bookseller like Amazon.

For most of you this is probably a very unusual way to get a book. As far as I know I am the only EFT author using this approach.

If you are interested in the book you can download a free sample from The Tapping Toolkit webpage.

If you like what you read you can buy the current version of the book from the same webpage.

I hope you find the book interesting (and decide to buy it) and I look forward to receiving your comments and feedback so I can make it a better and even more useful book.

Why Short, Online EFT ‘Practitioner Trainings’ Are A Bad Idea

Online courses are appearing everywhere.

They are short, convenient, inexpensive and easy to access wherever you are in the world.

What’s not to like?

If the course is offering you a ‘Practitioner Certificate’ for watching a few hours (or less) video and reading a couple of articles then there is quite a lot not to like.

In the video above I had a quick rant about why I thought short online EFT ‘Practitioner’ courses are a bad idea.

This article is an in depth look at these courses and why they are well worth avoiding if you want to become a confident, competent practitioner of EFT.

I’m going to talk about EFT because that’s where I have the most experience but what follows applies equally well for NLP, Hypnotherapy or any other ‘healing skills’ being ‘taught’ in these courses.

There are lots of different online courses available, but this article focuses on the trainings that are:

  • Low cost
  • Low effort – you only need to watch videos and read articles.
  • Short duration – anything from 39 minutes (!) to 8 hours.
  • Implying or promising that you will be able to use your new skills with other people.
  • Promise you some kind of ‘Practitioner Certificate’ of some sort when you have completed the course.
  • One way only – that is you get no observation or feedback from the trainer during the training.
  • One off – there is no continuing support after the training

All that glisters is not gold

These courses often have impressive, official sounding titles:

  • EFT / TFT Tapping Master Practitioner Certification (Expert)
  • EFT & TFT Tapping Practitioner Certification
  • Professional Accredited EFT Diploma Course

They always promise amazing results

  • Become an awesome EFT Practitioner
  • Help others to rid themselves of negative and disempowering emotions
  • Uncover the deeper levels of helping that EFT and TFT can provide

If you are thinking of taking such a course because you want to become an ‘EFT Practitioner’ please look elsewhere.

If you are emotionally distressed and thinking of taking your problems to an ‘EFT Practitioner’ who has only taken a short online course please look elsewhere.

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EFT Gathering 4×4 – Ilkley, 29th & 30th April 2017

Gwyneth Moss, EFT Master and organiser of the annual EFT Gathering is organising a new form of workshop for anyone who wants to develop their tapping skills.

The 4×4 event is a two day set of four workshops (followed by an optional day long workshop by Gwyneth). There are four presenters, one of whom just happens to be me!

It promises to be a rich weekend of tapping and exploration with four very different presenters. I’m presenting a brief introduction to the Identity Healing process on Sunday afternoon.

Gwyneth says:

Four of your favourite presenters teaching four advanced EFT workshops over a weekend followed by EFT Constellations all day on Monday. Read more

EFT 4×4 as we are calling it is the weekend of 29/30 April and the workshops are:

Have you tried surrogate tapping but struggled to find the words? Gwyneth developed the 3 Phase approach to teach ethical and effective surrogate tapping for all. Children love tapping but sometimes its gentler for a friend or parent to offer remote help. Teaching, demonstration, exercises and discussion

School stress is on the increase. Susie’s Gathering presentation was a favourite. Now she shows you how she teaches emotional literacy to 7 year olds. How she gets a whole class tapping and how everyone has lots of fun.

Have you ever struggled to find the words to write about EFT and what you do? Do you feel it should be easier to write a letter or article? Or is there a book in you? Award winning writer Ros Barber has designed this practical workshop for you to tap through your fear, into your inspiration and express your true voice in writing.

Andy Hunt combined his deep knowledge of NLP with tapping to create Identity Healing a suite of processes to gently heal the younger suffering parts of ourselves that are still struggling in our adult lives. Andy’s workshop gives you a taste of what is possible.

Do we live out the stuck emotional patterns of our ancestors? What if tapping could reach into the family field and clear traumas long past? EFT Constellations group work does just that. An experiential day for experienced tappers.

Come and join us at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley. Spring is gorgeous here with bluebells and walks on the moor. Book your place at

hope to see you soon

I’m looking forward to the event, I think it’s going to be fascinating.

Contact Gwyneth directly if you need more information.

What fake steamship stories can tell us about personal development

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
– H. L. Mencken

Steam ship
Image courtesy of Enrique L

There is an amusing and inspiring steamship story that is often told in trainings or workshops, it goes something like this.

In the days of the old steamships a passenger liner broke down just before the entrance to New York harbour.

The ship was helpless, there was nothing the ship’s engineer or crew could do. The liner lay dead in the water unable to make any headway.

The captain radioed the harbour asking them to send their most skilful engineer to solve the problem.

The engineer rode a pilot-boat to the crippled liner, where the captain showed him to the engine room.

To the captain’s surprise the engineer just wandered about. He walked around the engine room, putting his hand on the miles of piping and his ear to junctions and valves. He looked into the boilers and over the towering engine.

By now the captain was beginning to get impatient. ‘When is this man actually going to DO something?’ he thought.

After half an hour of wandering around the engineer just scratched his chin, nodded to himself and asked for a hammer.

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