Anxious and Hiding

Just one glance and you would be mesmerized by his tall stature, his deep voice and his confidence. After one conversation you would want to learn more about him. His stare was intense and inviting, and he was jovial. I approached him and introduced myself. At the end of our conversation he shared, “I’m a slave and anxiety has been my master since I was fifteen.” I remained silent as he continued to tell me how tired he was of pretending and having anxiety attacks.


For him, talking was not the answer, he didn’t want to disclose his past, but he wanted to heal. We spoke about different non-invasive techniques I could use to help him, and he chose the Emotional Freedom Technique-EFT Tapping.  I warned him that it required work, he smiled and pointed to his muscular arms stating, “I’m curios and a bit nervous but I was born ready!” His eagerness to learn about what was causing his anxiety, his willingness to do the work despite his fear, and his openness to the possibility of healing lead to his success in ending the control anxiety had over him.

Things are not always what they appear to be; our perception is never the other persons’ reality! The outside does not always match what’s on the inside, people have invisible wounds that onlookers can’t see. If you or someone you know is being ruled by their fear or anxiety contact us for more information!

What is EFT Tapping?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an evidenced based method used to regulate stress genes to combat anxiety, depression and phobias. It is a combination of cognitive and exposure therapy. Research conducted by Baker (2014) noted, “Statistically significant improvements in Total Mood Disturbance and anxiety, depression, and fatigue occurred at both 6 and 12 weeks…

Tapping focuses on the same points used during acupuncture and acupressure. These points are located on meridians through which the body’s energy flows. Since it is believed that chronic stress and trauma causes negative emotions and leads to blockages in the body’s energy flow, tapping on these meridian points releases energy blockages and the associated the negative feelings.

  • EFT Tapping is a form of energy therapy
  • It is a powerful non-invasive way to heal from trauma
  • EFT Tapping allows you to reprogram your brain without disclosure
  • It sends calming signals to your brain and deactivates distress

If you are interested in learning more about EFT Tapping or additional treatment approaches utilized by Emergent Counseling & Consulting please contact us directly.

Baker, B. Hoffman, C. (2014). European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7(2), 136-142.

Published by Nicky Cameron

Emergent Counseling & Consulting embodies my passion to serve and empower. I spent the last fifteen years working in behavioral health organizations serving children and families with mental health and substance use issues. I am daring myself to trod the path before me with acceptance, openness and curiosity. I'm on a mission to prevent as many deaths by suicide as possible by teaching others how to use their coping skills to have power over their adversities. If I can help at least one person ease his or her pain and feel hopeful, then I will fulfill my purpose on earth.

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