Book’s novel way to counter stress

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea au­thor Debby Gud­dee launches a book at the end of this month, Dis­cover the Magic of EFT for Bul­ly­ing.

Emo­tional Free­dom Tech­niques (EFT) is a coun­selling ap­proach to counter stress, anx­i­ety and, Gud­dee, says, bul­ly­ing faced by chil­dren.

The self-ad­min­is­tered ther­apy was de­vel­oped in the United States in the late 1990s and uses fin­gers to tap on cer­tain points of the face and the body, known as acu­pres­sure points.

Gud­dee de­scribed it as ‘‘ the emo­tional ver­sion of acupunc­ture’’. She said there would be scep­tics, but the prac­tice of EFT was be­com­ing more wide­spread.

She has seen pos­i­tive re­sults from ses­sions she has had with clients, young and old, and wishes EFT had been around when she faced ter­ri­ble bul­ly­ing at school.

‘‘It’s a way to self-man­age and be­come more con­fi­dent, do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive at times when you may feel vul­ner­a­ble or help­less.

‘‘ Bul­ly­ing is some­thing I en­dured and I have watched EFT work with chil­dren who are in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. I know it works.’’

Gud­dee knows of four other people who are EFT-ac­cred­ited in New Zealand, as she is.

Though the tech­nique is not recog­nised for­mally in this coun­try, she hoped it could gain a foothold in schools and be used by par­ents and teach­ers.

‘‘People who see or hear about EFT do think it is mumbo jumbo, but it has gained a lot of at­ten­tion in Amer­ica for the way it worked with Viet­nam vet­er­ans, help­ing with sleep­ing dis­or­ders and to re­lieve the de­pen­dence on med­i­ca­tion. At the end of the day, I’m pro­vid­ing a cop­ing mech­a­nism and an­other tech­nique for coun­selling.’’

Dis­cover the Magic of EFT for Bul­ly­ing is aimed at 7 to 12-yearolds. The self-pub­lished book will be launched at Porirua Li­brary on July 31. It is avail­able on Ama­zon, Barnes & No­ble and most e-read­ers for be­tween $20 and $25.

Gud­dee is in Aus­tralia this week, meet­ing pub­lish­ers. Her chil­dren’s book My Fa­vorite Hugs, which she wrote with her daugh­ter, Melissa, continues to sell well and a fol­low-up is planned.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Tap­ping teacher: Debby Gud­dee with her book Dis­cover the Magic of EFT for Bul­ly­ing.

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