Relief From Trauma With Emotional Freedom Techniques

November 6, 2019


One day a client came to see me with severe anxiety and dread about an upcoming hospital procedure. Ninety minutes later, he reported the anxiety and dread were totally gone. It just wasn’t an issue anymore. So what happened? EFT allows the conscious and subconscious mind to collaborate in re-examining our sense of safety or lack of same.

Every fear is rooted in subconscious programming. The subconscious mind processes 1,000,000 times as much data every second as the conscious mind; and it’s been doing this since birth. Every word, body language, tone of voice, sound, light, touch,  goes into creating our assumptions about the world; our core beliefs. These are primarily laid down by the age of six and from that point on, every life event is viewed though those sets of lenses. Medicine now understands that “ACE’s or Adverse Childhood Events have a tremendous influence over both physical and emotional health for our entire lives; unless we change the programming.


Emotional Freedom Technique


Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping/Energy Psychology), Picture Tapping Techniques and Energy Medicine are all tools which allow the adult conscious mind to safely collaborate with the subconscious mind to determine the “whole story” at that present point in time. It’s a collaboration, not a fight. It’s estimated 95% of all thoughts, beliefs and assumptions are heavily influenced by the subconscious and its programming. When it comes to a fight, the subconscious always gets its way sooner or later.

So what about this particular client? What caused this degree of change?

After using effective techniques to bring body and mind come to a calmer and safer feeling state, we started breaking the fear and dread down into smaller pieces. No matter how huge or impossible an issue “feels”, it’s always made up of smaller manageable pieces.  At the start, the smallest piece he could identify was “feeling uncomfortable at the thought of this upcoming surgery” with a stated distress level of 8 out of 10 (8/10). After a couple of rounds of EFT, a more specific piece of the issue appeared at (9/10). Specifically, a nauseating anxiety in the stomach about waiting in the hall before going in for surgery.

Since memories and beliefs are stored in the body as well as the mind, including the physical sensations added a great deal of power to the following EFT round. On questioning, the distress level had dropped to 3/10 and was now about the anticipation about “going under” With one more round of Emotional Freedom Techniques, the distress level dropped to “0”. At this point he tried his best to bring back the anxiety, but still he felt fine.

As a final test to ensure all the roots of his anxiety had been addressed, he began describing a forward looking movie about the upcoming medical procedure to see if there were any points not yet fully addressed. Even then, no anxiety re-appeared. He’d set himself free.

If you or someone you care about is feeling stuck, or can’t get past a hurtful experience, book an initial interview with David Gilbert, our Integrative Therapist @ 613-747-5458 to explore opening the door to “emotional freedom.”

Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist particularly focused on anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma or PTSD, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage.  Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across the world. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed.