Any of your clients mentioned what I call the alphabet tools, like EFT, TAT, TFT, EMDR and other energy psychology techniques?
Have you wondered yet if they’re really effective? Have you thought about learning them by surfing the internet? Or buying a few books? Or have you already tried them out but still feel less than comfortable about bringing your knowledge back into the office?
If you’re like me, you probably don’t want to bring a new tool into your work unless you’ve got a good understanding of what it is and how it works. You want to feel like you can answer any questions your client might ask you.
Almost 20 years ago, I found myself pulled into a training for something called EMDR. It took a bit of courage because at the time, it was definitely odd, and assuredly out of my comfort zone. But I was always willing to use anything that worked. And because EMDR did get results, it quickly became a part of my professional repertoire.
Then, one of my EMDR trained colleagues got interested in an acupressure technique called TFT (Thought Field Therapy). Through a series of synchronistic events, I found myself in yet another odd training which led me to another and then another. As a result of this exploration and exposure, my entire way of perceiving my work changed – in a very good way.
But there was a problem. As a fairly traditional psychotherapist with nearly twenty years of experience, I was seriously challenged on how to integrate into my practice what I knew were extremely useful tools. How do you introduce these valuable methods to your clients?
Somewhere I had the idea that being professional didn’t include being ‘odd’. But if you’re dedicated to helping the folks who frequent your office, it’s a good notion to release. I’m sure you want the best for your clients so they can get the kind of results that will last.
Once you decide it’s ok to be ‘odd, you will definitely want to be well versed and have answers to the questions that will inevitably follow: “Why does it work? How do you know muscle testing is accurate? Why am I tapping on my eyebrows? How successful is this method? Can I learn to muscle test myself?”
The best way to introduce these new ideas and techniques to your people is rooted in two things: the level of confidence in your understanding of the work and the amount of relaxation in your approach.
Your client will receive the biggest impact from these tools when you really know the material and are able to present it from a place of deep knowing.
As you become more grounded in these previously ‘unusual’ tools and techniques, you will be asked fewer questions and people will start getting results that persist over time.
In fact, these methods empower your clients to do their own interventions on themselves! Whether it’s handling a bad dream, or a difficult interaction at work, people reported being able to get relief, distance, and calming clarity all on their own.
When you start getting the feedback from your clients that the tools work and actually help them get through difficult situations, your view of these strange tools will reach a big turning point.
Has something inside you started to feel intrigued? Would you like to be able to empower your clients with tools designed to specifically release intense negative feelings from the body?
You are an important ingredient in your client’s success. Getting experiential training and continuing personal feedback is the key to developing those magical elements of confidence and a relaxed approach.
You can learn how it works from any number of books, or from numerous websites. But in a professional practice, the most viable option is to get the background facts and an in-person confirmation that you’ve got it right.
This is what builds the kind of confident and relaxed approach that helps your client get the results they seek. We’d love to know what you’re thinking…what you want to learn…and what benefits you’re seeking for yourself and your clients.
Meanwhile, did you know that when you put your hand on your forehead to release some of that stress you’ve gathered during the day, you’re actually using one of these tools already?
Best to you,