Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) arises from the new field of Energy Psychology (EP). This work wells well with or as an alternative to systematic desensitization and is an effective tool in treating BDD symptoms. Instead of systematically tightening and relaxing muscle groups the person instead taps points on the body that are energy fields which are the same as in acupuncture treatment without the use of needles. Based on ancient Chinese medicine; EFT can be viewed as a form of "psychological acupuncture." The basic tenet is that emotional problems are caused by a disruption in the body's bioenergetics system. The disruption may manifest as emotional cognitive or behavioral problems, and one can best ameliorate those problems by directly addressing the disrupted energy. This life energy is known by many names in many cultures-as chi, ki, life energy, even electromagnetic energy. EFT is derived from Roger Callahan's Thought Field Therapy. Several acupuncture points are stimulated by tapping with the fingers while holding in the mind the troubled thoughts or feelings. Using 0-10 subjective units of distress scale (SUDS) derived from behavioral therapy approaches the client initially assesses the intensity of the problem, and then attempts to get the intensity level of the problem down to zero using an EFT tapping protocol. Often, this can be accomplished rapidly, which makes it a powerful intervention, as well as a skill that can be used independently as needed. I have found in practice that EFT is effective in treating compulsions and trauma. EFT, in my opinion, is a very useful tool used in conjunction with holistic psychotherapy.