CBT, EFT & Mindfulness

plane-1469825__480Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy emphasises that how we react to events is largely determined by our views of them, not by the events themselves. Through examining and re- evaluating some of our less helpful views, we can develop and try out alternative viewpoints and behaviours that may be more effective in dealing with problems, coping with challenges and finding solutions to difficulties.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) (Tapping)

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an energy healing technique that rebalances the body’s energy system with respect to unresolved emotional issues. Energy meridians that run through our body can be blocked or disrupted by unresolved emotional issues, thereby compromising our natural healing potential. Gently tapping on the body’s acupressure points, the points at which the main meridian energy lines are close to the body’s surface affects the energy flowing through these meridians can bring some relief for a possible range of ailments, which includes reduced food cravings resulting in weight loss.  (See: Peta Stapleton’s Website.  A Randomised Clinical Trial of a Meridian-Based Intervention for Food Cravings: Twelve Month Follow-up of Treatment versus Waitlist A study conducted at Griffith University in Australia by a team led by Psychologists Peta Stapleton, PhD and Terri Sheldon, 2008)

nepal-1309205__480Mindfulness

A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. (Oxford English Dictionary).

Mindfulness is simply a method of mental training which can, over time, bring about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being.  It can help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings and so instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are better able to deal with them.

A recent report from 47 clinical trials involving 3,000 participants (Dr. Madhav Goyal, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, January 2014) (see Article here) suggests that mindfulness produces measurable improvements of up to 20% in symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to people who practise another activity, and can also help alleviate feelings of stress and enhance the quality of life.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (see the NICE website) recommend mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the management of depression.