Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner Tannis Fiddler discovered EFT (also called tapping) while working through her fears about parenting.
After Fiddler had her first child, she had irrational fears that her child would get a cold or other illness and that she wouldn’t be able to cope.
“I thought that was bizarre,” says Fiddler, so she went to see a local therapist. Part of the therapy was EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Also, the therapist gave her lists of other techniques. These intrigued Fiddler, who started doing more research and stumbled across EFT.
Fiddler says, “My intention in this work is to guide people to finding their own personal power and answers within, helping them to become more resilient in the face of stress and life’s challenges – ultimately leading to personal transformation.”
“We work on these issues in a trauma-sensitive way,” says Fiddler. “And we tend to stick with the present.”
“You just tap and talk about what is your truth in this moment,” she says. “What are you thinking, feeling, craving in this moment.”
The goal is to identify and overcome ‘limiting beliefs.’
“A limiting belief is a state of mind, conviction or belief that you think to be true that limits you in some way,” says Fiddler. “Something you subconsciously believe is true, but isn’t true.”
“The common misconception is that it will solve the problem, immediately,” says Fiddler. “Another misconception is you have to say the right thing to make it work.”
EFT is not a regulated health profession, says Fiddler. She believes it may be in the United States and that regulation is in progress. It is not covered by extended health insurance coverage.
Fiddler is a reiki master, but is no longer practicing reiki.
“My journey began with the spiritual approach,” she says. However, EFT is “a modality that has a lot of scientific backing to it now.”
In September 2019, Medical News Today did a review of EFT called ‘A guide to EFT tapping.’ The article concludes with, “EFT tapping is an alternative treatment for certain emotional and physical conditions. Some research indicates that it may be effective for anxiety, depression, and PTSD, although more investigation is necessary. While self-treatment with tapping may help some people feel better, it is also important to seek professional help for physical pain or emotional issues. Anyone considering using EFT should speak to their doctor first.”
“EFT is a form of energy psychology,” says the National EFT Training Institute website, “Energy psychology is a branch of psychology that addresses the mind and body systems in tandem in order to address the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.”
Later it adds, “EFT techniques use the fingers to tap on acupuncture points, and when this is done in conjunction with tuning into the traumatic or difficult or painful experience that is laced with emotion, the tapping process detaches the emotional charge from that thought or memory.
“The technique does not eliminate the memory; instead, it removes the associated negative emotions from the memory, thus freeing the individual from paralyzing fear, stress, anxiety, and other emotional traps … It is a gentle technique that is rapid, reliable, and accessible for people with even the most challenging of experiences to address.”
Tannis Fiddler, is a certified EFT practitioner and is finishing her advanced training. The first training took 10 months, and the advanced takes about six. Her email is [email protected]