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I will be retiring from my role as Psychological Therapist within the NHS at the end of 2018. The 2019 EFT Gathering is a wonderful opportunity for me to reflect on bringing EFT into my NHS practice.
I will share with you how I got interested in EFT, how I introduced it to my managers and colleagues.
Most importantly, I'll share some stories illustrating how I use EFT with the patients I work with in the NHS.
I have worked within the NHS since 1992, first qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse (RMN) specialising in Adult Mental Health. I trained in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (CBT) in 2000 and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in 2006. I added EFT to my repertoire in 2007 followed by NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) in 2009.
My interest in EFT developed alongside my choosing to specialise in Cancer Care Support within an NHS Health Psychology team.
I use EFT in my work with people who are receiving cancer treatment and also their loved ones. I teach EFT to clients so they can use it as a self-soothing strategy. I use EFT in individual sessions for processing trauma and complex trauma. I have taught introductions to EFT to staff groups to add to their strategies for self care.
I will be retiring from my 26 year career in the NHS on New Year's Eve 2018. My plans for the future involve volunteering as a Reiki Practitioner on the Oncology Day Unit where I currently work, and to develop a private practice offering EFT, CAT and Reiki (as well as beach walks, gardening and slow living).