This week’s interview is with Chip Engelmann, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner who specializes in working with people who are on the edge of a breakthrough in their own lives.
Chip comes to us from Pennsylvania where he moved several years ago to work on his Ph.D. In 1992, he sidetracked into a health business and ended up creating a multi-million dollar vitamin company instead of pursuing his Ph.D.
Working with health and the body, he got interested in Holistic Health and became an Iridologist, someone who examines the colors, patterns, and characteristics of the eye to determine systemic health.
It was at a Holistic Health conference where Chip first discovered EFT. After his first few sessions with EFT and experiencing fast results, he decided to become a practitioner himself. He told me that of all the mind and body medicine modalities he has employed in his professional work, EFT has proven to be the quickest in resolving problems, physically and emotionally.
“Instead of just treating symptoms, with EFT you are getting to the root cause,” Chip said. “Life’s too short not to enjoy the heck out of it!” This has become the tag line of his EFT practice.
As you may or may not know, EFT is a Mind and Body Medicine combined with the science of Acupuncture, only without needles. The process works by tapping on key points along the meridian lines of the body while phrasing specific words. This is done in multiple rounds at the end of which you will find yourself experiencing a wonderful sense of relief.
I have been using EFT since November of 2006, albeit on my own, through the use of E-books or following along with a broad EFT program. In my interview with Chip, we went through a few rounds of a personal “Laurie” EFT session directed at some of my specific core issues. There are not enough words to describe the sheer exhilaration and relief that I experienced immediately. Chip wields his keen intuition like a surgeon’s knife getting to your core issues quickly. His skillful EFT phrasing brings instant relief.
Let’s get onto to the interview:
What kind of issues can EFT help?
EFT can help anything with an emotional component – which means almost everything. The list is pages long. As you would expect, EFT can help childhood issues, marital issues, performance issues, trauma, and phobias, but you might be surprised how effective it is on physical pain.
Actually, people don’t often seek help for their deep, past traumas; instead, they store their trauma in their body, which becomes pain. When they come to me ready to resolve their pain, that’s when the trauma finally comes out and is able to be resolved at the same time.
My specialties are helping people release physical pain and helping people achieve their goals. The pain can be anything from 30-year-old arthritis to recurring back pain. Goals that people might hope to achieve would be more money, romance, happiness, furthering their career, etc.
Why would I (or anyone) need the help of an EFT Practitioner?
You can do a lot with EFT on your own: reduce nervousness before an audition, reduce headache pain, work on abundance issues, etc. But the more you start looking at “core issues” the more having the help of a good practitioner is a good idea. People with depression, anxiety, or compulsions would fit this category. There are three reasons for getting help.
1) If you are repressing something from yourself, how would you know? I often work with people who can’t remember years of their life. A good EFT practitioner will either help the client remember or deduce the type of event that occurred.
2) An EFT practitioner has been there and done that. They know that emotions are often embedded within emotions. For instance, if a person is feeling guilty about an event, they are very likely to be angry at themselves. Many people also don’t like to admit to having certain emotions, such as hate. In that case, the practitioner painlessly guides the client to the places they don’t want to see.
3) Perhaps most importantly, when you work with a practitioner you are combining intent. A person working on their own might be tentative, not sure of themselves and not sure how or what they are supposed to feel. A good practitioner knows what to expect and intends the session to have a positive outcome.
How many EFT sessions might one need?
At least one. Seriously, it depends on the issues involved and goal of the client. The second part – the goal of the client – is key. You could literally spend the rest of your life “fixing” issues, or what’s wrong with you. Instead, I always point the client toward how they want their life to be. In other words, look for a positive outcome. For instance, a person with arthritis in their knees might look forward to wearing high heels to church (although I don’t know why). The point is, you know when you have achieved a positive goal, whereas there is always more negative stuff to clear.
What’s the difference between following along on a pre-packaged EFT program and working with an EFT practitioner alone or in a small group?
At best, a book, CD, etc. can work with issues that are generally associated with the subject of the book/CD. When you work with a practitioner, you work with the specific events that you experienced. For example, your mother may have missed your soccer championships because she had to shop for a party she decided to throw at the last minute. It is much more effective to work on the specific events that led to the emotions that shaped your life. An analogy might be learning to dance from a book, compared to having a dance instructor.
How can I find an EFT practitioner that is right for my issues?
You interview a few likely candidates and see if you feel better talking with one than another. Take into account their experience. Ask them about your issue and what approach they plan to take. Look at their website and see what types of issues they write about. Practitioners seem to start out broad, and then discover they are particularly good in certain areas. I belong to a network of practitioners and will often refer a client to the best person I know for their issue.
Are EFT practitioners specialized?
Most are to some degree. The more experience you have, the more you tend to specialize. In my case, I just like working with helping people achieve success with the Law of Attraction. Often the reason I recommend a client to another practitioner is because that practitioner enjoys working with an issue I don’t.
Are EFT practitioners certified?
Gary Craig has just initiated a certification program. It will show that a practitioner has studied course materials and gained a level of experience in the field. However, many practitioners have already built up well-established practices and may not feel the need to prove they can do what they have been doing for a number of years. We are in a transitional period. Within 3 or 4 years, most of the new practitioners will be “certified.”
Are all EFT practitioners alike, do they follow the same program?
To a certain extent: all practitioners watch the same instructional videos. But that is where the similarities end.
A large part of what differentiates practitioners is the background and qualities they bring to the table from outside of EFT. I come to EFT through the holistic health field and have a strong background in the relationship between emotions and dis-ease. I’ve also spent 30 plus years on a spiritual path in which Law of Attraction is an integral part. Others may specialize in inner child work, family constellations, “parts” work, traumatic events, etc.
A big distinction can be made between what some call “mechanical” EFT and “Deep” EFT. Anyone can tap on the points and say a few phrases. The real difference between an average EFT practitioner and a great one is the extent to which they develop and trust their “other senses.” These would include, but not be limited to, intuition, empathy, direct perception, and inner communication.
Is there a website or place I can go to find out about an EFT practitioner?
Gary Craig maintains a page on his site, emofree.com, where you can look up practitioners, but it is not as comprehensive as it used to be. A couple of professional networks have listings: EFT International, and EFT Pro Network. I belong to the latter. A new organization is forming that promises a more complete listing of practitioners: EFT University (go to EFT with Chip to read more).
Can EFT harm me?
The official response is that EFT is a new field and we don’t know what ramifications it can have. Unofficially, I’ve never seen anyone harmed by it. The closest thing I’ve seen to harm might be when a person clears an issue and another one just as intense is exposed. It can feel worse, because the 500-pound gorilla you now see is not the 500-pound gorilla you were used to.
What are the criteria I should use in selecting an EFT practitioner?
Look for experience, specialty, and the reputation of having the intangible other senses. Some practitioners will provide you with testimonials. Most importantly, you can feel whether you have an affinity with the practitioner.
Why do EFT practitioners charge different rates?
All practitioners self-valuate. They set their rates, like any other self-employed person, based upon their confidence, the perceived worth of their services, their perception of the economic environment, their ability to market themselves, and of course the law of supply and demand, both on their time and within their community. Better not select a practitioner based solely on how much they charge, whether high or low.
A hearty thanks to Chip for his time with this interview. He’s a busy bee working with the recently established EFT University.
If you are interested in more of what Chip has to say, visit his website and be sure to request copies of his two e-books which he gives away free on his website:
The EFT Quick-Start Method
The Born Loser’s Guide to Abundance: Make a Transformation Using EFT
Visit Chip’s website: http://www.ChipEFT.com
To schedule an appointment with Chip: