A major sign of improvement within traditional talk therapy is the cognitive shift. When a client has a new insight, exhibits new behavior, or demonstrates a new belief about their issue, then something significant has shifted in their perception and this is seen as evidence that emotional healing or growth has occurred.
In traditional therapy, these cognitive shifts often come after months or years of verbalizing and processing, but with EFT they can show up in every session. In fact, with EFT they occur behind the scenes almost every time you give relief to a Specific Event. That is why the event is no longer bothersome. The client now has a different perception about it as previous aspects such as fear, guilt or anger shift in peaceful directions.
These behind the scenes cognitive shifts become routine within EFT sessions and often remain undiscussed. However, using the Tell the Story Technique, you will soon discover that once a significant amount of intensity has been released, your client may say something that completely contradicts her original perception of the event.
For example, someone who was absolutely irate with their boss at the beginning of a session might suddenly say “well, I can understand why he did that.” Or someone who was humiliated in front of their friends at a party might say “you know, that must have been pretty funny.” These are signs that the energy system has been realigned and your client has found some degree of peace with that event. ~Gary Craig, Founder of EFT
Something significant has shifted in their perception and this is seen as evidence that emotional healing or growth has occurred.