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I like the following research that shows online therapy is just as effective as face to face therapy, and in some cases even more effective.  Although this research from the  University of Zurich was done on psychotherapy I believe the exact same applies to EFT and other therapies done online.  I certainly don’t see any difference at all in the results I get with my online clients.  Take a look at the article:

Does psychotherapy via the Internet work? For the first time, clinical researchers from the University of Zurich have studied whether online psychotherapy and conventional face-to-face therapy are equally effective in experiments. Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of therapy were on a par. Not only was their theory confirmed, the results for online therapy even exceeded their expectations.

Six therapists treated 62 patients, the majority of whom were suffering from moderate depression. The patients were divided into two equal groups at random and assigned to one of the therapeutic forms. The treatment consisted of eight sessions with different established techniques that stem from cognitive behavior therapy and could be carried out both orally and in writing. Patients treated online had to perform one predetermined written task per therapy unit — such as querying their own negative self-image. They were known to the therapist by name.

Online therapy even more effective in the medium term

“In both groups, the depression values fell significantly,” says Professor Andreas Maercker, summing up the results of the study. At the end of the treatment, no more depression could be diagnosed in 53 percent of the patients who underwent online therapy — compared to 50 percent for face-to-face therapy. Three months after completing the treatment, the depression in patients treated online even decreased whereas those treated conventionally only displayed a minimal decline: no more depression could be detected in 57 percent of patients from online therapy compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.

For both patient groups, the degree of satisfaction with the treatment and therapists was more or less equally high. 96 percent of the patients given online therapy and 91 percent of the recipients of conventional treatment rated the contact with their therapist as “personal.” In the case of online therapy, the patients tended to use the therapy contacts and subsequent homework very intensively to progress personally. For instance, they indicated that they had re-read the correspondence with their therapist from time to time. “In the medium term, online psychotherapy even yields better results. Our study is evidence that psychotherapeutic services on the internet are an effective supplement to therapeutic care,” concludes Maercker.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130730091255.htm

To better understand the opportunity hidden in today’s crises, consider the tale of another world in transition. Imagine you are a single cell among millions that comprise a growing caterpillar. The structure around you has been operating like a well-oiled machine, and the larva world has been creeping along predictably. Then one day, the machine begins to shudder and shake. The system begins to fail. Cells begin to commit suicide. There is a sense of darkness and impending doom.

From within the dying population, a new breed of cells begins to emerge, called imaginal cells.(aka YOU!) Clustering in community, they devise a plan to create something entirely new from the wreckage. Out of the decay arises a great flying machine—a butterfly—that enables the survivor cells to escape from the ashes and experience a beautiful world, far beyond imagination. Here is the amazing thing: the caterpillar and the butterfly have the exact same DNA. They are the same organism, but are receiving and responding to different organizing signals.

That is where we are today. When we read the newspaper and watch the evening news, we see the media reporting a decaying caterpillar world. And yet everywhere, you and other human imaginal cells are awakening to a new possibility. We are clustering, communicating, and tuning into a new, coherent signal of love.

 

Above: These words are those of Dr Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.   I love his work and think he is one the foremost leaders of thought on the planet.

There’s an article in the 29 September issue of New Idea about Magda Szubanski’s (star of Kath and Kim) struggle with her weight.  After losing 36kg during her stint as ambassador for Jenny Craig, she is now even heavier than before she started, gaining 41kg and weighing in at 126kg.  In the article she is quoted as saying she is an “emotional eater”.  She says “food is my core addiction, my core defence. It’s my go-to-thing”.

Why oh why don’t weight loss programs address this issue of dealing with your emotions?!  Everyone knows that your emotions play a gigantic part in your eating habits but most diet programs don’t address that.  I’d like to see a weight loss program that is balanced.  By that I mean it addresses how much you eat, what you eat, how you exercise AND how you think and feel.  No wonder Magda wasn’t able to stick to her new eating behavior.  If she has a program running in her subconscious mind that says “when things get tough turn to food, it will make you feel better”, unless that program is changed she will keep using food as her “go-to-thing”.  The subconscious mind is far more powerful than willpower will ever be.  EFT needs to be part of every good weight loss program.  Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers – are you listening?

I often get inspiration and guidance on how to live my life and make a difference from others. One of my favourite  ‘teachers’ is Abraham / Esther Hicks. This little quote really made me think today.  People say, “The joy is in the journey,” but they rarely understand what they are saying. You are in this focused time/space reality with goals and objectives that call you because as you identify a desire it literally summons life through you. Life summoning through you is what it’s all about, not the completion of anything.”  It made me feel better that life wasn’t about the completion of anything (because some things take a lot longer to complete than we had hoped) but the life summoning through us as we take the journey. The question to ask ourselves is “how can I make a difference with what flows through me and from me in this ordinary day today?

I often get inspiration and guidance on how to live my life and make a difference from others. One of my favourite  ‘teachers’ is Abraham / Esther Hicks. This little quote really made me think today.  People say, “The joy is in the journey,” but they rarely understand what they are saying. You are in this focused time/space reality with goals and objectives that call you because as you identify a desire it literally summons life through you. Life summoning through you is what it’s all about, not the completion of anything.”  It made me feel better that life wasn’t about the completion of anything (because some things take a lot longer to complete than we had hoped) but the life summoning through us as we take the journey. The question to ask ourselves is “how can I make a difference with what flows through me and from me in this ordinary day today?

After seeing the news about the female streaker at the All Blacks rugby game I received an unrelated email from Neale Donald Walsh (author of Conversations With God) that made me think about nakedness. Here’s an extract:  “Feelings are the language of the soul. They tell us what the soul wants us to look at now. They lead us to greater and deeper understandings. They are the doorway to wisdom. They are wisdom itself, cloaked in the garment of our illusion. As we remove illusion from life expressed, the garment falls away, revealing the naked truth. We see this naked truth as the most beautiful aspect of life itself. This same experience occurs in physical life when we see the naked body of humans. We continue to try to enhance our body by cloaking it with all manner of garments. And yet, in the end, all these garments do is cover the beauty of who we are, and not enhance it. We think we are covering that of which we ought to be ashamed. But we cover, in fact, that of which we ought to be fully celebrating.  We judge ourselves for being too fat or too thin, for being too this or too that. And yet, through the eyes of God, we are stunningly beautiful exactly the way we appear. When we stand in our nakedness, we reveal our true beauty to the world. That is why lovers are never more excited about life than when they stand naked before each other.”

The brain has a “negativity bias.” The “negativity bias” began as protective mechanism, a mental “habit” that helped us survive. Because this bias started so long ago, it’s become deeply ingrained in the human brain. In his book, “Hardwiring Happiness”, neuropsychologist Rick Hanson Ph.D. describes it this way:

“Our ancestors could make two kinds of mistakes: (1) thinking there was a tiger in the bushes when there wasn’t one, and (2) thinking there was no tiger in the bushes when there actually was one. The cost of the first mistake was needless anxiety, while the cost of the second one was death. Consequently, we evolved to make the first mistake a thousand times to avoid making the second mistake even once… the default setting of the brain is to overestimate threats, underestimate opportunities, and underestimate resources both for coping with threats and for fulfilling opportunities. Then we update these beliefs with information that confirms them, while ignoring or rejecting information that doesn’t. There are even regions in the amygdala specifically designed to prevent the unlearning of fear, especially from childhood experiences. As a result, we end up preoccupied by threats that are actually smaller or more manageable than we’d feared, while overlooking opportunities that are actually greater than we’d hoped for. In effect, we’ve got a brain that’s prone to ‘paper tiger paranoia’.”

That’s why you have such a hard time being positive. Over millions of years, the human brain has been wired to emphasize the negative. To overcome it use EFT on the negative thoughts, beliefs, expectations and feelings.

I work on Skype a lot, with clients in various parts of New Zealand and in different countries all over the world.  Occasionally I get someone who doesn’t want the camera on and wants to work with audio only.  Although this points to a fear of some kind, I usually don’t address this right away as it’s normally not what the person has come to see me about.  It’s important that I make people as comfortable as possible with the process, so I tell them it’s perfectly okay to leave the camera off.  I put my camera on so they can see me.  We work together on the issue they sought help for and they start to trust me and feel comfortable with me.  When I feel the time is right I might suggest they try the camera just for a few minutes to see how they feel now.  In most cases, once they have become comfortable with me, they are completely happy with me seeing them visually.  If not then we can do some EFT on why they don’t feel comfortable having the camera on and being seen.  What is most important is that they get help for what they initially came for, so if the client doesn’t want help with being camera shy then it won’t be pressed on them.  I work within people’s preferences and if they prefer no camera that is fine by me.  If you are uncomfortable with being seen don’t let that stand in the way of you getting help, I will work within your comfort zone (whilst seeking to expand it for you when/if you are ready).

If you simply search for EFT on the Internet you will of course find our own EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), also known as tapping therapy.  You will also, confusingly, find some other things called EFT.  You might find websites for an Electronic Fund Transfer System used for moving funds from bank accounts, credit or debit cards.  Also known in New Zealand as EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale).  Nothing whatsoever to do with EFT tapping, but of course you can use it to pay for a session.

Just to confuse things even more, Sue Johnson in Canada has a couple of websites for something called Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  You guessed it – the abbreviation is EFT.  She also has a website www.iceeft.com, which stands for the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  The centre promotes successful relationships between partners and within families. There is no relationship to our own EFT tapping therapy.

I even found a gaming website that came up when I searched on EFT.  Then to make it even stranger, my EFT search found a newt.  A newt is a small slender-bodied amphibian with lungs and a well-developed tail, typically spending its adult life on land and returning to water to breed.  Apparently there is a North American newt whose juvenile stage is known as the red eft.  I wonder if it taps…..?

The current Wikipedia entry for EFT is deeply flawed. It was written by Wikipedia editors who are members of the Skeptical Inquirer community.  For most of the past decade, these ideologues (with no subject matter expertise, training, or certification) have controlled the Wikipedia entry on EFT.

Whenever a qualified expert tries to amend the Wikipedia entry by, for instance, summarizing a published clinical trial, the skeptics delete the amendment, in violation of Wikipedia’s NPOV (Neutral Point of View) policy. If a fact does not conform to the skeptics worldview, they omit mention of that fact. They have no respect for balance, or for scientific proof, encourage skeptics to vandalize articles, and maintain an organized presence on Wikipedia called Wikiproject Skepticism that is aimed at removing opinions at variance with their own.

Because the editors who control the EFT entry have high editorial status on Wikipedia, it is unlikely that experts are going to be able to change it.

The above post is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Dawson Church.  Read the full post on the EFT Universe website.  For full article go to: http://www.eftuniverse.com/eft-related-press-releases/wikipedia-revised-entry

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