Energy Psychology

November 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

posted by Gloria Arenson ’58, psychotherapist

I have been a psychotherapist for 30 years and have become an expert in using Energy Psychology. I use a method called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which is simply acupressure. By gently tapping or touching 8 points, mostly on the face you can eliminate stress, anger, fear and sadness in minutes. The lovely thing about this method is that it isn’t necessary to have insight into the problem. Just focus on the strong negative emotion or troubling belief and tap.

As I learned to use EFT and teach it to others I remembered how my years as an elementary school and pre-school teacher would have been so much easier if I could have shared this simple method with my students. Children with anger problems could be taught to touch the energy points to calm themselves down. Test anxiety could also be eliminated simply by focusing on the scare thoughts such as: “I am going to fail;” “I’m dumb;” “I will never get more than a C,” etc.

All you have to do is tap on the outer edge of either hand as you think about the problem or feel the emotion and say this three times out loud or to yourself, “Even though I have this problem, I am ready to let it go.” Then, as you continue to think about it gently tap with your index and middle fingers for 3 seconds on your eyebrow near the nose, then the outside edge of the eye socket, under the lower eyelid, under the nose, under the lower lip, under the collarbone, and on the body under the arm about 4 inches below the armpit. Next, take a deep breath and let it out. Notice what happened and how you are feeling now. Keep doing this until you have no more anger, fear, or worry. For small children you can find a stuffed animal like a bear and sew buttons on the points. Then have the child tap on the toy while they think about the problem. It is fun and works amazingly fast.

Gloria has been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California for 30 years, specializing in using Energy Psychology Techniques. Although she started her career teaching elementary and preschool, she has been teaching adult education self-help classes since the 1970s. Gloria is the author of Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing, in which she teaches how to use Meridian Tapping for many problems. You can find the diagram of points and instructions on her website – – as well as articles about Energy Psychology.

Entry filed under: social-emotional learning.

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