Advanced EFT Processes for Healing Identity Problems
As an EFT Practitioner who wants to help your clients heal you will know that some problems can be hard to work with.
- Jane is certain she’s not good enough. She is a skillful professional, much admired by her co-workers, however hard she tries (and succeeds) she still feels that there is something wrong with her. Her friends regularly reassure her that she is a great person, listing all the ways in which she excels, but deep down she knows she is not good enough. It’s as if the young girl who was such a disappointment to her mother is still in there, crying and unloved, hidden behind a mask of confidence and assurance.
- Joe tells you he hates himself. He hates who he is and how he has failed. His father was very critical of Joe (and his other children). All Joe got was sarcasm and complaint, now it’s as if he has adopted his father’s attitude to himself as his own. On the inside a cruel and critical Joe humiliates and berates a young Joe.
- Katie, now in her 40s, is often seized by a powerful stress response in difficult situations. She is paralysed by anxiety, losing her ability to think and act like an adult. She says “It’s as if I stop being a capable adult and become a terrified child.” However hard she tries to be a calm grown up, her younger self is terrified and takes over. How Identity Healing helped Katie
As an EFT Practitioner you may find that working with clients who have such painful identity issues can be challenging.
Helping people with problems about ‘who they are’ (identity) is much more complicated than working with ‘what happened to them’ (memories), what they think (beliefs) or ‘what they feel’ (feelings).
In standard EFT approaches the practitioner identifies and neutralises the memories that caused the person to feel not good enough, hate themselves or be gripped with childlike panic. Undoing the formation of these identities by soothing those memories allows the client to adopt new identities, free of the stress and distress of the original experience.
Rather than identifying and working with specific memories, Identity Healing takes a different approach.
What is Identity Healing?
Identity Healing ® is an integrated set of processes developed by Andy Hunt for dissolving identity beliefs and resolving identity conflicts, combining Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Identity beliefs and conflicts form when a constellation of feelings, beliefs and behaviours are split-off from ourselves at times of stress in our early lives.
These split-off younger parts of ourselves are sometimes called sub-personalities (or inner children, ego-states, ECHOs etc). They encapsulate all the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that were present at the time of the split.
The stress and distress of identity beliefs and conflicts in our adult lives is bound up in those younger sub-personalities.
If you have ever been in a stressful situation and felt like you were like a young person in an adult’s body then you have experienced this.
Identity Healing doesn’t work with memories, it works directly with those sub-personalities.
It soothes their stress, gives them the resources they need, then re-integrates them into our adult selves.
After Identity Healing you can be in those situations as a resourceful adult rather than as a struggling child.
Learning to use Identity Healing techniques gives you a powerful and graceful way of working with painful identity beliefs and suffering younger selves.
I’m Andy Hunt the creator of Identity Healing. I work with people who have a painful inner life, people who want to change themselves for the better and they know it is up to them, yet however hard they try they stay stuck in the same old struggles. As a therapist and trainer I specialise in using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Originally, I developed the Identity Healing techniques over a number of years to work with my own identity beliefs and conflicts. By blending EFT and NLP processes I created a set of techniques that worked well for myself and my clients.
I’ve been using these techniques with my clients since 2012, with good results, and as they are robust enough to be presented to other practitioners I have been running Identity Healing training since September 2014.
The idea of healing in the sense of being made whole is very close to my heart, and has been a big part of my own personal self development. These techniques have helped me and many others experience profound healing and a quieter and more resourceful inner life.
Identity Healing Training
“I have found Andy Hunt’s training in Identity Healing a highly valuable, inspiring and enlightening learning experience, delivered by Andy with integrity, compassion, wisdom and gentle humour.
Having used this process with many clients since completing the course a few weeks ago, I am very impressed with the simplicity, elegance and effectiveness of Identity Healing approach, even with the most complex and challenging issues. I saw some surprising and significant shifts for a number of people with whom we had achieved only limited progress in previous weeks and months using psychotherapy, classic EFT, EMDR and Matrix Reimprinting.
I found Identity Healing especially useful with clients who are burdened by shame and guilt and are struggling to feel any compassion for themselves, and for those in a chronic state of self-sabotage or stuckness.”
Masha Bennett, Psychotherapist, September 2014
There are two levels of training: an Identity Healing Practitioner Training which teaches you the basic processes for working with ‘identity beliefs’ and an Identity Healing Level Advanced Practitioner Training which extends the core process to working with inner conflicts, inner critics and restricted relationship roles learnt in childhood.
This is an advanced EFT training for experienced EFT practitioners.
You can’t learn Identity Healing from a book or online any more than you can learn ballroom dancing or scuba diving from a book. To learn this process well you need supervised practice and personal feedback.
For these reasons Identity Healing training will only be available as live events for the foreseeable future.