EFT, at the core, requires two steps: 1, to tune into the problem at hand, then 2, to balance the energy meridians of the body by tapping on them and focusing on the flow. Advanced techniques can be very helpful, but in many circumstances the simple form of EFT works perfectly, as shown in this article by Dr. Sobeida Salomon.
I am a psychotherapist and a user of EFT with my clients. Recently, I had the opportunity to apply the technique successfully despite a language barrier. As it turns out, just maintaining the client’s focus on her distress feelings while tapping on the points achieved the desired result. I wanted to share this experience with everyone, since it suggests EFT can be effective in cases when language and cultural barriers are present.
While we were renting a rural home in France, my spouse and I became friends with the property owner, “Marie.” She spoke some Spanish and few words of English. We managed to communicate with her because we could understand and speak some French, but we are fluent in English and Spanish.
One day, Marie was very concerned and visibly stressed. Her daughter, who was 26, moved back into her house. She was engaged to get married at the end of the month and was under a severe depression after her fiancé broke the engagement of 6 years. I explained to Marie that I was a psychotherapist and that I knew of a new technique that could help her daughter overcome her grief.
Her daughter was eager to try anything that could alleviate the emotional pain she felt. As we had a limited verbal interaction, I could not ask for a number to measure the distress level, but observing her inconsolable crying, it could have been 9 on a scale of 0 to 10. With her approval, I tapped on her through all the EFT points. We did several rounds of tapping, without any particular phrase because I felt that the use of affirmations or reminder phrases was irrelevant at that time.
After each subsequent round, she looked better, visibly showing more control over her emotions. Due to the language barrier, I could not get to the root of the problem, as I would have done under different circumstances, but the technique indeed brought her back to the present time. She stopped crying, her body looked more relaxed, and her eyes looked different, brighter.
I attempted to explain the theory behind EFT to Marie, who was very eager to learn about it. I gave her a diagram with the different points, and promised to mail her some information in French.
This case has motivated me to make EFT available to Spanish-speaking immigrants who cannot read in their own language or afford a psychotherapist but are open to any new development that can help them manage the traumatic experience they usually face when leaving behind all that is dear and familiar to them in search of a better future.
I sincerely hope that by reporting this experience I can motivate other EFT practitioners to do their best to help others, regardless of the language they speak. The truth is that there are no barriers for what you can accomplish with EFT!