As a counselor at Life Skills Resource Group I am continually looking for new tools to use in my practice. A colleague brought EFT to my attention and I have been using it in my practice ever since. You may be asking yourself “what is EFT”. That is exactly what I did the first time I heard about it. EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture and is described on www.eftuniverse.com as “a powerful new method based on the discovery that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Scientific studies have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.”
I am a believer in EFT because I have seen it work with my clients when nothing else would and have used it myself. EFT was originally introduced to me while I was studying for my licensure exam to become a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. I was studying a lot, asking colleagues for tips, and feeling nervous about passing the test. As the days got closer, my anxiety about the test started to increase. About 3 days before the test my colleague went through a few rounds of EFT with me. By the time we were done, my anxiety was completely gone, and I knew I was prepared and ready for the test. For the next three days I was able to relax without worry about the test. I walked into the testing center knowing I was not only prepared but that I would pass, and I did. Having this personal experience led me to take the trainings so that I could teach EFT to my clients.
The most amazing part about EFT is that it is a tool that your counselor can teach you. When you are feeling anxious, sad, stressed, or any negative emotions you will be able to use EFT to reduce these negative emotions on your own taking control of your emotional health and wellbeing. EFT often works when nothing else will. If you are interested in learning more about EFT, a tool that you can use in your daily life, please contact one of the EFT practitioners in my office.
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Memorial Day weekend is upon us. For some of us it means a weekend at the beach. Going to barbeque and picnics with friends and families. Unfortunately, for many American families Memorial Day can bring on the grief of the loss of a loved one who was in the military. These men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind parents, spouses and children whose lives will forever be changed. Soldiers are usually in the prime of life, with new families and parents who never wanted to outlive their children. The loss of a soldier may have been recent or many years ago, but family members may have a harder time around holidays such as Memorial Day where much of the news coverage and even advertisements mention soldiers and the armed forces.
If you or someone you love has lost a family member, it is good to know that there are skilled therapists and counselors like the ones at Life Skills Resource Group Orlando that can help you to work through the grief you are feeling. They can teach you the skills to cope with your loss, and to practice self care. When one is grieving it is easy to forget to eat, or to lose sleep. You may throw yourself into your work and become detached from your friends and family. You may feel as though no one understands what you are going through. Please consider seeking the guidance and support of one of our skilled therapists, or also utilize the services offered through local veterans’ assistance programs to find support groups.
However, even when soldiers make it back to home safely, some may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is a kind of anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been involved in a severely traumatic event that threatened your safety or life. PTSD Symptoms can involve flashbacks of the event, avoidance or “numbing” and extreme arousal, or feeling fearful all of the time. It is important if you or someone you love experiences symptoms of PTSD that you contact a counselor or therapist to discuss your symptoms.
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Cindy Fabico, MA, LMHC, EFT Practioner
I have been Mental Health Counselor now for 7 years with my primary focus on Marriage and Relationship Counseling and Life Coaching here in Orlando, Florida. For a long time I have felt I didn’t have an effective tool to work with my clients who were experiencing anxiety, depression, pain, anger, and panic. I have tried many things, I got certified in Hypnotherapy but did not find that as effective as I had hoped. I attended a week long workshop on Cognitive Behavioral methods for overcoming these symptoms with David Burns, MD the well know psychiatrist who wrote such best selling books as “The Feeling Good Handbook” and “When Panic Attacks”. His techniques are great and I did have some success using them but I still felt there must be something better, more rapid, and which my clients could effectively use at home to reinforce our work in session. So I continued my search.
Over the last 2 years I kept hearing about the method called “EFT-The Emotional Freedom Technique” but when I researched it my natural skepticism kicked in-this method involved “tapping” on your body while making specific statements and this just sounded too weird and far fetched for me. But EFT kept coming into my life in various forms. A client would ask about it, a colleague would share their positive results with it, and I would read articles about it in professional journals.
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