Trauma Relief has become an everyday necessity across the globe. Luckily for millions, the widespread use of EFT/Tapping (the most popular protocol of the Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine families) is easily learned, and used to ease the pain and suffering caused by traumatic events. As we now know from the latest studies on trauma, neuroscience and epigenetics, traumatization may be from having lived through a traumatic incident or merely have observed others doing so. Whether from natural disaster, human actions or physical pain and disease, Tapping is a valuable remedy that can easily be used at a basic level upon ourselves and with our immediate peers, neighbors or colleagues.
A more sophisticated use of trauma-release tools, and on more comprehensive problems is best delivered by those professionally trained to do so.
That said, professionally delivered EFT is often used in this type of work by those who study, practice, refine their skills and achieve accredited, certified practitioner status from the original and largest non-profit EFT association in the world, AAMET International. Please note that you’ll often find certified EFT practitioners are also credentialed in western medical or licensed professions, and/or serving alongside medical or healthcare professionals, and deliver serious trauma relief and remediation.
An emphasis on safety and the appropriate use of Tapping for trauma relief is crucial, both for the client suffering from its effects and the person delivering Tapping services to those who suffer. Vicarious trauma and contagion is a common result for many who work with traumatic circumstances, therefore constant vigilance on caretakers and practitioners for their own self-care is crucial. These subjects are covered in great detail throughout the mentoring for certification process, however, even then this is no guarantee by itself of trauma-relief competency. Most who choose to work in this field are also further credentialed in various trauma-specific modalities, post-training or contextual coursework, including neurological, sociological and psychological concepts such as physiological threat-response, abandonment/attachment theories, ACEs and TIC-theory and first-aid concepts. Care must be exercised at all times to avoid further harm to client or practitioners; safety first is my credo.
Happily, the professional and careful use of EFT/Tapping to this field of conditions has yielded uncommonly thorough, rapid and long-lasting results. There is a large amount of research on this subject, which can be accessed here. EFT is famous for its ease and speed, and in the right hands can be a significant remediator of traumatic events, both long-held and recently acquired. Unlike other practices such as prolonged exposure or cognitive behavioral methods, EFT is gentle, does not reinforce the trauma, and acknowledges that trauma and traumatic memories are not held in just the brain, but throughout the body and mind.
It is recommended that traumatic events (whether little ’t’ daily events or dramatic, ‘big T’ trauma) are handled as quickly as possible, to prevent encoding into the physical body and nervous system. EFT uses a combination of Mind, Body & Emotion systems to treat the entire MindBody Connection. During or immediately following a traumatic event, we recommend use of Emotional First-Aid, which is composed of many Energy Psychology/Energy Medicine adaptations for immediate, strategic intervention. Later EFT/Tapping can be applied to effectively release any remaining aspects that carry charge, so that later triggering is minimized or avoided altogether. You can find more on this here (see our class on Emo first Aid).