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Fitting EFT within the client's belief system

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Below is a backchannel response I received from one of our Members, Irene Schoenfeld, that emphasizes quite nicely the importance of introducing EFT so that it fits within the client's belief system. Notice in the first paragraph her characterization of EFT as a Symptom Management System instead of a cure AND her thoughts about "underpromising" results. Also notice in the second paragraph how she listens to the client and gives him what he feels is necessary in his terms.

Hugs, Gary

By Irene Schoenfeld

"When I introduce a new client to EFT I always introduce it as a Symptom Management System. This is something I will teach them to do themselves to help them control their symptoms between sessions. Of course to teach them, they have to find an issue or two to work on so we can practice. Then I can show them how EFT works. They are amazed at how quickly their symptoms go away and get enrolled in doing it by themselves. I find that if I introduce EFT as a "cure" it is too out of their reality for them to believe. First, many of them don't believe that they will ever be cured and certainly if they are cured it had to take at least three or more years and secondly, something as bizarre as tapping on their face and rolling their eyes is not going to cure them. As time goes on they see that the things we work on are not coming back and they realize that EFT is a cure. The theory of underpromising seems to work well (like the business theory "it is important to exceed customer expectations")

I still have to be careful to not only do EFT all the time though. I have a client right now that I have worked with for 5 years. He had a couple of issues that were really stuck and I decided to use EFT on them. After three sessions of EFT and some amazing results on issues that he had been struggling with for years, he came in yesterday and said that he knew EFT worked but he still felt that the other type of work we do together was more appropriate for some things. I think that he really wants to talk and that he likes the realizations that he gets from doing other types of work. I went back to doing what he was requesting and will go back to EFT when I get an opportunity."

Irene Schoenfeld


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