As the Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT, also known as EFT Tapping, has gained in prominence across the globe, the demand for experienced, competent, and well-trained practitioners has grown exponentially.
Those most highly in demand are the EFT Masters.
But what is an EFT Master?
The obvious answer is that an EFT Master is someone who has completed the Level 3 EFT Certification Training, which we offer here at the Center for EFT Studies. But beyond that, being an EFT Master is having the skillset to work with even the most complicated clients who present with complex, often chronic issues.
The key difference between a Master practitioner and a Level 1 or 2 certified Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner is that an EFT Master practitioner is trained in how to work with what we refer to as “Life Clients.”
In the Levels 1 and 2 EFT Certification training, practitioners are trained in how to work with Issue-based clients. These are generally people who present with a single issue, which may have many aspects to it. That issue may be, for example, a craving or a phobia or a bothersome memory, or a physical pain.
While it can take a comprehensive skillset to collapse these issues, which includes the use of a variety of EFT Techniques and the knowledge of how and when to use them, these issues tend to be contained and quickly remedied. In most cases, these issues can be collapsed in 1 to 3 sessions.
Life clients are a whole different game. With Life Clients, you are not addressing a single issue. Instead you are looking at a complex range of issues that are intertwined. The result can be chronic illnesses, long-term chronic trauma, addictions, and the like.
These clients require a practitioner who is trained and skilled in learning how to migrate this broad range of issues and know how to see the connections between them, find core issues that can cross between various issues, work heavily with childhood trauma, be able to create a strategic plan for addressing multiple issues and have the skillset to control and mange the whole process.
These clients are often the bread and butter of a successful EFT practice because these clients need more time to heal on a deep level. Many of these clients can become long-term clients, sometimes coming for a year or more of regular sessions.
A well-trained and experienced EFT Master can make the difference between having moderate results and having life-changing results.
Becoming an EFT Master Practitioner is not for everyone. It takes patience, commitment, a strong constitution, and time.
EFT Masters tend to be a special breed of people who are called to help others and who are willing to “go into the deep end.”
Going into the deep end is not easy. As an EFT Master you have to be able and willing to be present for a client who is revealing their deepest pains and traumas, and often that trauma is sexual trauma. It means being “all in” when the client is sitting in front of you and then being able to leave it all behind when you go home at night knowing you are the conduit and the client is ultimately the healer.
It means forgiving yourself when a client doesn’t seem to be getting better and wondering if you are doing it right, then remembering that these are clients that no one else in the world has been able to help and that it is just going to take time. So you keep going.
Like I said, it’s not for everyone. It takes a very special person to take on these challenges.
The payoff comes when you start to see their lives transforming right in front of you and knowing that you played a big part of it. The payoff comes when a person who has never been able to trust begins to trust; when old traumas fall away and seem to have no power over them anymore; when a person who has never been pain-free is able to go about their life as if they were never in pain at all.
The payoff is big. It’s not always easy to get there, but it is always worth it in the end.
The process is straightforward but not simple. You’ll first need to complete the requirements and certification for both Levels 1 and 2 and then go on to complete the Level 3 certification training.
At the Center for EFT Studies, we are the only program where you can sign up for all three and complete all three programs one after the other. While other programs have opted to require a year or so before allowing you go to go on to become an EFT Master, we have opted to encourage budding practitioners to go immediately into the Level 3 training.
We do so because we think the training is most effective when the information from Levels 1 and 2 is fresh in your mind and to build on your skillset while you are honing your skills. It also keeps people from building bad habits while trying to work on Life Clients without having the proper training to do so.
While each person works at their own pace, expect the process to take approximately one year.