As buoy Bloggers, we couldn’t let this Emotional Freedom Technique ( EFT ) experiment end without giving the last word to Debra M. Hollinrake, the EFT practitioner who held the presentation at our local library.
She agreed to meet us, and welcomed us in to her office in Newton, NJ.
Her office is cozy and warm. It looks more like a living room than a treatment office or the hut of an Indian Shaman. On the walls, there are pictures from a local art photographer and paintings displayed from a local artist. We can read Ask, Believe and Answer and three canvases saying: “Imagine your dreams,” “Create your happiness,” “Live your life.” A large colored tapestry with a red tree and blue birds covers a wall by the entrance. It is “the tree of health,” explained Debra. The tone is set.
We sat on sofas, and started a nice, friendly conversation.
The Buoy Blog: Why did you decide to become an EFT practitioner?
Debra M. Hollinrake: My sister had experienced a traumatizing event as a child and had developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The treatment she was following didn’t help her that much, so I was looking for anything that could relieve her. I heard about a new energy healing method from the psychologist, Roger Callahan, “Thought Field Therapy.” He had this idea of tapping on acupuncture points to treat emotional issues. He was continuing the work of chiropractor George Goodheart who, in 1962, discovered that he could get the same positive results as acupuncture by tapping on acupuncture points. In 1970, the psychiatrist, John Diamond, added affirmations while the person was tapping to treat emotional issues.
Following their steps, David Graig created EFT. He simplified the technique and made it available to everybody. I met this ghostwriter, CJ Pluotinen. I learned EFT with her in the Hudson Valley. Then, I could work with my sister and I was amazed to see how fast and excellent the results were. My sister’s therapist was so enthusiastic that she decided to use EFT on her patients.
TBB: Why is EFT different from other approaches in dealing with emotions or stress?
DMH: It is faster and permanent. You feel better immediately. I have some elderly patients. For them, it is like “unload the trash” of their life!
TBB: For whom do you recommend EFT?
DMH: Anyone suffering from a physical pain or has emotional issues. It can be anything. I have mostly trauma patients and physical pain patients.
TBB: How long does a session typically last?
DHM: It depends on the intensity of the trouble. Freeing our negative energy is exhausting. It cannot be longer than 45 or 60 minutes.
TBB: How many sessions are necessary?
DMH: It could be from five to ten visits. If you try it by yourself, it could last longer. A woman who was suffering from depression, needed four or five months before getting good results. With a practitioner, it would have been much faster. You need four or five sessions to understand and learn the technique to be able to do it alone.
TBB: Are there any limitations to using EFT?
DMH: EFT is good for everybody, but, I have to say that an EFT practitioner is not a doctor. In the case of a serious illness, I recommend seeing a doctor first.
TBB: What kind of people come to you for your services?
DMH: I have clients from ages 2 to 77! EFT can help kids, adults, the elderly, even pets. We can do it on ourselves or on someone else. We can do it for someone who cannot. A parent can do it on her/his child. He/she can use a sentence like:
“Even though, you are very mad/upset/unhappy/in pain, I love you very much.”
I can proudly say that I have 100% success!
TBB: How do you conduct a session?
DMH: EFT is emotional whereas acupuncture is physical. First, I explain how EFT uses the Chinese accupoints that are the intersections of the energy in our body and the tapping procedure. Then, I question my patients. I interrupt them often. They don’t have to go through their whole story. We need to focus on their negative feelings and find the specific moment that had bothered them. For EFT to be successful, they need to learn the questions to ask. You can find them in David Graig’s books.
Patients have to be very honest and true to themselves. Lying creates more negativity. They have to work on the real issues not the illness. They have to be brave. The respiration releases the negative, and they need to stay focused on the negative. Sometimes, I can send a patient to see a psychologist and we can work together to help the person.
Say you want to lose weight, and you say, “Even though I am too heavy, I deeply and completely accept myself,” but in the back of your mind you think, “ I will never succeed, because I am a sloth and I will never do what it takes,” it is not going to work.
It is better to be very honest and say: “Even thought I know that I am too lazy to do what I really need to lose weight, I have started to accept myself.”
TBB: Can we honestly focus on the wrong issue?
DMH: If we don’t know the real problem and target another event, it can be solved anyway. It is called borrowing benefits. It will help release the negative anyway. What happens are the results you really want. Honesty is the key!
TBB: Can people teach themselves EFT?
DMH: They are free tutorials and case studies on emofree.com. Try it on your own. If you feel stuck, ask for the help of a practitioner.
TBB: Aren’t you afraid to lose patients?
DMH: The more people know about the technique, the better. Zig Ziglar said: “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
TBB: What type of advice would you give someone who is hesitant about trying EFT or says it is a self-persuasive technique?
DMH: Try it! You can try self-persuasive techniques on a two month basis, and then try EFT on another issue, then compare to see what is really working.
TBB: Are there any books, videos, references?
DMH: You can find all the information you need on
ACEP – http://www.energypsych.org/
Writer & EFT Master: CJ Puotinen (http://www.taptheworldeft.com/); CJ is also the founder of Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program
Books: The Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton; The Promise of Energy Psychology, by David Feinstein, Donna Eden & Gary Craig
TBB: Thanks Debra, for having us.
DMH: With love and Sparkling Light.