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Q: Why do I need to think and talk about all the bad things or focus on my anxiety when tapping? 

A: As Louise Hay (a famous therapist and motivational author) used to say: If you want to clean the house you need to see the dirt first!

Q: Can I tap on my own or do I need to do it with a professional therapist?

A: For most of low key / lower intensity issues you may try tapping on your own. However, for more complex emotional traumas, it is advised to do it under a supervision of an experienced and accredited practitioner.

Q: Can I tap for someone else's problems?

A: Yes, Surrogate Tapping is a recognized variation of EFT and can be very successful if done properly. It is best done under supervision / instructions from an experienced practitioner as it requires addressing emotional issues between you and the person you want to tap for first. Also, some ethical considerations may be involved.

Q: What precautions should be taken during tapping?

A: Do not wear electronic devices on you (mobile phone, smart watch) as they can interfere with the energy flow. It is advised to hydrate well before tapping – drink 1-2 glasses of water before your session.

Q: Can tapping be harmful?

A: There has been no evidence to the harm of EFT tapping, especially when done under the guidance of the experienced and accredited practitioner.

Q: Is it important what I say when I am tapping?

A: It is not as important what you say exactly, as long as your mind stays focus on the issue being resolved.

Q: Do I need to tell my therapist all the details about my trauma?

A: It is not necessary to re-visit traumatic experience during the EFT tapping session. There are various techniques to heal trauma. Your therapist might suggest you talk about trauma directly if you are ready to do so, or manage it in a non-direct way, if that would be too much for you to handle.

Q: Is tapping clinically proven / Is tapping evidence based?

A: EFT used to be described as pseudoscience, and initially clinical psychology was very reserved to it. However, over recent years more and more evidence has been emerging to support its effectiveness. For details, check out: 

Q: Do I always have to tap in a particular order?

A: No. In standard tapping session the Basic Protocol is usually followed, however, any variations are allowed depending on yours and/or your therapists preferences.

Q: What happens if I miss a tapping point?

A: Some people find some acupoints uncomfortable or awkward and it is okay to miss them. Also, if you miss a point accidentally, it does not jeopardise the outcome of the procedure.

Q: How fast do I need to tap?

A: It is very much individual. Typically, it is advised to tap 5-7 times on each acupoint, with a pace of the ‘Jingle Bells’ song.

Q: How strong do I need to tap?

A: Again, it is very individual. Some people are very sensitive and need to tap very gently, or barely touch the acupoint, whereas others are okay to tap harder. Make sure you don’t get too enthusiastic about tapping and don’t bruise yourself.

Q: How long does tapping take to work?

A: Lower intensity issues may only require a few rounds to resolve, while more intense issues may take several sessions.

Q: How often can you do tapping?

AThere is no set length of time or frequency for tapping. For consistency, try tapping once a day to begin creating a positive habit. You can also tap more than once a day if you wish, or simply as needed.

Q: Can tapping help you sleep?

A: EFT tapping can help you relax and fall asleep by releasing energy and relieving stress.

Q: Do I have to speak out loud when tapping?

A: During the standard tapping session, you will be advised to repeat out loud after therapist and mirror his/her tapping on the acupoints. However, if you find it too difficult, you can only ‘talk’ in your head.

Q: Do I need to repeat after my therapist everything he/she says when tapping?

A: It doesn’t matter what you say. You don’t need to repeat after your therapist at all. What is important that you focus on the issue in your head so that it’s very clear for your mind what you are working on.

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