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I recently received an email from Kevin in Ireland asking a number of really good questions about reaching out for help with an issue. Not everyone needs to be working with a practitioner.
Have you ever considered working with a practitioner?
Here are my thoughts on working with someone.
If tapping is such a ‘do it yourself’ protocol, why would I bother working with a practitioner?
There are a number of issues that tapping is great for where you can use it on your own without needing any help. As a practitioner I provide four things for my clients: distance, experience, expertise, and encouragement/accountability.
Distance: Sometimes it is hard to see the forest for the trees. When we are in the middle of something emotional it is very difficult to see it clearly. Because I am not experiencing the emotions being felt by my client myself, I can often see an issue more clearly. This is true for anyone we share with, not just practitioners. We can regularly find insight into what is going on in our lives by seeking the outside point of view of a trusted friend. Sometimes it is helpful to share this with people we don’t see frequently.
Experience: Having worked with many clients I recognize patterns and root causes that a client would not be able to see on their own. This experience allows me to help clients to move forward much more quickly than they would working alone.
Expertise: EFT is a very simple thing that be done by anyone. It is possible to use the basic recipe and tap on most issues. Even though this works, it is not always the fastest way to relief. With my my training I am able to combine tapping with many other tools that speed the healing process in a way a client could not do on their own.
Encouragement/Accountability: It is easy to feel overwhelmed by our own issues. They don’t feel good and the last thing we want is to stay stuck in the middle of them. Sometimes it is easier just to run and hide instead of engage. As a practitioner I help my clients to stay focused and support them as they are going through difficult issues, helping them to get to the other side.
Why should I pay so much money to someone I don’t know to work with them over the phone or Skype?
You need to be careful with any buying decision. I wouldn’t just pay anyone I found online to work with one-on-one. It is important that you are making the right choice for you.
Here are a few things I would consider before hiring anyone:
- What type of training do they have?
- How long have they been a practitioner?
- Do they have experience with my particular issue?
- Do they work with someone for their own issues?
- Have they created resources that I can look at to gauge if they are a good fit for me?
It is easy to get answers to these questions. Just ask. Any practitioner worth their salt will happily provide answers.
You can also look at their website. What have they created? Does it fit with who you are and what you are looking for?
One of the main reasons that I have over 500 free resources on my website is so that potential clients can get a sense of who I am, what I believe, and how I work. For example, if you took a few minutes to “Recovering Self – A Healing Manifesto” you would have a good idea if we were a good fit.
I couldn’t get EFT to work with my issue while tapping on my own. Is a practitioner going to guarantee me success?
The short answer is: NO.
Tapping is a wonderful tool that works for many things. Just because it is a wonderful tool that is easy and quick to use, it is not the best tool for every situation. (For example: If you have be stabbed, go to the emergency room. Don’t tap!)
Also, there are issues that tapping will not going to work for, or at least not in a timely way. Know that even when you work with someone who is very skilled with your issue success is still not guaranteed.
If you are going to work with someone it is advisable to ask them about the types of success they have with clients and with your particular issue.
Are there any professional associations for tapping where I can check on the certification of particular practitioners?
Right now there isn’t one centralized organization (even though many would claim to be). Tapping and EFT are relatively new and because of this there is no real standardization of training. Some trainings will give a certificate if you show up to all the classes, some will give a certificate if you pass a test after the class work, and some will give a certificate after class attendance, passing a test, and supervised work with clients.
When someone says they are a certified EFT practitioner it is important that you gain an understanding of what that really means.
Do You Still Have Questions Or Are Thinking Of Working With A Practitioner?
If you are interested in working with someone one-on-one to get past an issue that is holding you back but still aren’t sure, let me know. We can set up a free consultation to answer all your questions and relieve your fears. You might just need some encouragement or instruction to start heading in the right direction. You can reach me directly on the contact page.