Thursday, February 19, 2015

EMDR VS EFT

If you are someone who is trying to decide between EMDR or EFT, I am going to share my experiences with them.  I would say they both have their benefits as well as their similarities and differences. I figured I should address this because my last post was about the Tapping World Summit.  As Usual please keep in mind I am not an EMDR therapist or a certified EFT practitioner and none of what I write here is to be taken as medical advice (I really just need to add a disclaimer to my site:).  So on we go EMDR VS EFT.

First let’s clarify the differences between the two.  EMDR is a Trauma treatment and it stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR uses bilateral eye movements, taps, and tones while focusing on an issue.  When I was in my EMDR therapy, I would pick a traumatic memory and put a number to it.  The therapist would then move her fingers back and forth while I followed them with my eyes. I focused on a memory and then as she put it, like a train one memory was linked to another to another.  We would keep doing it until the number lowered or another memory came up that was stronger and focused on that.

EFT Stands for Emotional Freedom Technique the way it is described is a type of intervention based on various theories of alternative medicine.  Like EMDR EFT has you focus on a specific issue and give it a number and then tap on your meridian points while using positive statements and other sayings to lower the score.  EFT is also known as tapping or Meridian tapping, and when I use it I pick an issue, tap the points and use a saying such as “Even though I ______ I love and accept myself.”

The above are just brief descriptions of what they both are I will post the sites below so you can look for yourself.    So EMDR or EFT? The similarities of EMDR and EFT is that you pick an issue, give it a score, tap or move your eyes, and keep going until the score lessens or another more powerful issue you need to focus on comes up. Remember this is coming from a person who has been through both, not from a practitioner standpoint.  Both bring up more issues, both resolve issues.

The differences I note between EFT and EMDR while researching is the are the 8 phases that EMDR has, as well as having a therapist there to reprocess, and other psychological things that you can read on the page below.  Another difference is that EMDR is seems to be more accepted in the counseling field than EFT does.

I would have to say that both were helpful to me; however the Emotional freedom technique is easier to use at home and to learn and do on your own.  Other than that I found they both had their benefits.  If you are trying to make a decision between EMDR or EFT as a person who has been through both and uses them today, I would say try them both.  You can find an EMDR therapist on the site below and you can learn EFT free HERE.

My Bottom Line on EMDR VS EFT, I prefer the Emotional Freedom Technique, it works faster, clears away gunk, and brings up more gunk to process through. That being said I would not mind hearing from those who have also done both EMDR and EFT or practitioners.


Victoria

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Tapping World Summit 2015 With Nick Ortner



As mentioned in the last post I was going to be writing about things that have helped me with emotional rape recovery and The Tapping World Summit 2015 is one of them.  While many traditional things have worked as well, I found that when I looked at other ways of healing not only did it help my sexual assault recovery stages but all types of hurt and trauma I has prior.  Please do remember I am not a doctor or therapist and in no way to I write this post as a recommendation for anyone’s recovery, one must seek proper medical or psychological sexual assault therapy techniques. Now moving on.

The Nick Ortner Tapping World summit is a free event that is online and lasts a total of 10 days I believe, you can see it HERE. I have heard of EFT Tapping prior to the rape but really took a second look when I was in EMDR for PTSD.  I have written many past posts about EMDR for Sexual assault you can find on this blog.  During my EMDR therapy for trauma sessions I was taught to tap my legs left, right, left, right, and how that in any situation can calm you down.  The tapping therapy for PTSD works in a similar way, while it is much easier to do the tapping on both legs in public, in private EFT works very well.

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom technique also known as tapping; it works when you combine the tapping locations and technique, and the positive affirmations that is why I am mentioning the Tapping World Summit 2015.  During this free event Nick Ortner The Tapping solution author guides you through the EFT tapping points and how to do it.  The event focuses on many areas of life, and this year not only will they do the emotional freedom technique anxiety and stress, but one of the days is called From Trauma to Grace: The Healing Potential of Tapping in Our Lives and Our World, I was pretty excited!!

The Tapping solution has been holding the Summit for a few years now and I have attended each one.  This is the 7th Tapping world summit and it begins on February 23rd, but in preparation for it there is a series of videos being released, the first is released tomorrow.   What I love about the summit and the technique is once you know it you can do it for anything, wherever you are.  It works fast and I feel better within minutes.  Remember, although I am stating that the Tapping World summit is very much worth attending (especially since it is free) it is not to take the place of medical treatment.

Whether you are still experiencing the sexual assault recovery stages or you are dealing with sexual assault triggers, I recommend attending the Tapping World Summit 2015 event of course while you are continuing to do your traditional medical and sexual assault therapy techniques.  If anyone has attended this event or has tried EFT tapping please let me know how it worked for you.

To Check Out This Event Click HERE

Victoria

Friday, January 9, 2015

Noah St. John Afformations Free Download And How it Helped Me

I really do not know if anyone is still reading my blog as I have not written in quite some time. I still have many things to say, and things I have noticed about my changes since the rape, but for now I am going to write some helpful posts about books that have helped me to see things a different way.  Today it will be about Afformations By Noah St John.

I have written a short post about this which you can find HERE, but I wanted to write a new one because  there is a Noah St. John Afformations Free Download of the first chapter of his new book Afformations®: The Miracle of Positive Self-Talk.  So here is my story, how I found the book, and how it helped me.

As mentioned in past posts I had to travel 25 minutes while I was working with the state to prosecute the offender.  I was at Barnes and Noble one day and saw the book on CD and just bought it, it stuck out.  So for about 3 months weekly when I had to travel to the courthouse I would listen to the Afformations audio and it changed my thoughts right then and there. Now don’t get me wrong, it was definitely not a cure all at that time, if you have read my blog you know that by now.  However, while listening to it and changing the way I was thinking about everything really helped. 

If you are wondering the difference between afformations vs. affirmations here is the difference. Affirmations are positive statements such as “I was raped but I am ok”; the problem I have always had with affirmations is that I don’t believe them. For example “I was raped but I am ok” in my mind was, “well hell no I am not ok.”  With Afformations you change your statements to a question such as, “why am I handling this so well.”  When you rephrase it into a question your mind looks for the answers and surprising enough it finds them, and soon enough it becomes true and it is very fast the way it works.

What I really like about Noah St. John is that he truly tries to help people, yes he makes money, but giving away the first chapter of a book is not usually heard of, and it shows how confident he is in his method.  If you are struggling with sexual assault issues, or really any issues at all, I would encourage you to get the Noah St. John Afformations Free download HERE, you really have nothing to lose.

I will be writing much more this year, about methods that have helped  me, changes after the rape that I have noticed even so many years later, so I hope people are still reading, if not I will write them anyway:) If you are reading I hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you a great new year!

Victoria