EFT and Inner Child Work
Part 1: Approaches to Inner Child Work
Inner child work seems is becoming increasingly popular as a way to work with EFT. Combining the two approaches can be an interesting way to work. It can create deep inner healing as can any method of working that goes to the deep roots of the issue.
There are different ways you can approach inner child work, I personally start by establishing communication with the inner child whilst having the client tap on the karate point.
Generally I ask the adult client to go inside and ask the child, “what do you need in order to heal?” This is a great starting point as it lets you know where you need to go with the EFT. A point about starting inner child work in this way is that the inner child is now being listened too and their needs established. You are also beginning to set up acceptance and unconditional positive regard for the inner child, this can be extremely healing in and of itself.
Typical things that the inner child has communicated is:
“I need to be held”
“I need to be loved”
Of course if the client is antagonistic toward the inner child you would need to clear this first, reframing whilst using EFT is a great way to do this.