What is included in the definition of trauma or difficult life situations?
Accidents, assaults, betrayals, serious illness, medical procedures, neglect, abuse, witnessing violence, displacement, and war experiences are all events commonly recognized as traumatic. In short, trauma includes anything you are not prepared for which shocks and overwhelms body, mind and/or spirit. A difficult or challenging life situation is something that stretches your resources and causes stress and distress. This could be nameless anxiety, depression, feeling stuck in your life, or coping with a major transition.
What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
EFT is a simple, effective, efficient and transformative way of addressing difficult or traumatic events, beliefs or memories that interfere with daily life or hold you back from reaching your potential. EFT involves tapping or holding specific acupressure points to release tension and fight-flight-freeze response. I guide you in naming thoughts and emotions and physical reactions associated with the situation while you tap.
EFT can be used with individuals or groups.
Why use EFT for difficult life events and trauma?
The shock of difficult or traumatic experiences impacts the body as well as the mind and stays frozen in our muscles and nervous system. While you may intellectually believe one thing about what happened, our bodies, not our minds, control many trauma responses. Brain scans show that during stressful times or traumatic events, activity in the rational, thinking areas of the brain (including the area that controls speech) is reduced and the emotional and survival centers take over. Therefore, words or beliefs alone cannot deal with the resulting emotions, sensations, and behavioral patterns of difficult life events and trauma.
EFT effectively reaches and releases the responses stored in the brain and body allowing emotions, sensations, and thoughts to be freed gently. EFT can work even without “telling the story” of what happened—often a re-traumatizing experience. It works much more quickly than talk therapy alone and feels much less “therapy-ish!”
Do you use EFT with everyone?
I have been trained in a variety of approaches. Each session is geared around your needs.
What does the research indicate about EFT’s effectiveness?
A number of outcome studies published in peer reviewed journals have demonstrated EFT’s effectiveness and efficiency for a wide range of conditions. Hundreds of case reports of various issues successfully resolved using EFT can be found at eftuniverse.com.
Do you accept insurance?
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance. Please note that I am an out-of-network provider. Payment is made to me at the time of service. I then provide an invoice you can submit to your insurance. Be sure to check your coverage before the first appointment so there are no surprises later. Here are some questions to ask:
What mental health benefits does my insurance policy cover for licensed providers who are out of network?
What is my deductible?
Is a referral required from my primary care physician?
How long are sessions?
Initial sessions are 1.5 hours. Subsequent sessions are usually 50 minutes, but you can also opt for a 75 minute session.
Do I need to come to your office?
Skype or phone appointments are available if you live in the State of Virginia or outside of the United States. Due to licensing regulations, I cannot work across State lines. In the United States, insurance companies often do not reimburse for phone or skype sessions.