Jessie Wyatt

Local practitioner uses EFT for better emotional health

by Grant Moser

December 1, 2011

Fifteen years ago, Jessie Wyatt, 57, was having trouble with her right foot.  “It seemed to come almost out of nowhere. So I went to a number of traditional foot doctors, but there was never a real clear diagnosis. They tried cortisone shots and other things over a course of five years. And instead of getting better, it just kept getting worse.”

That’s when she visited a holistically-oriented chiropractor who discovered the problem was in her back, which was sending abnormal pressure to her foot. When he started working on her back, she began to finally feel relief.

This experience reawakened her interest in holistic health and she began investigating alternative methods of healing. This led her to the decision to leave the corporate world at age 50 and go back to school to learn more about this field.  She attended the American Institute of Holistic Theology through their distance learning program and after two years graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Holistic Health.

Studying for her degree exposed her to a number of different holistic disciplines, but she felt most drawn to the field of energy healing techniques, and in particular, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  

One energy healing technique, acupuncture, relies on using needles to access meridian points throughout your body to help restore the proper flow of energy through your body. EFT replaces the needles with the tapping of fingertips on specific meridian points that are close to the skin’s surface to manipulate the body’s energy flow and help your emotional health. It also uses the repeating of positive affirmations to address your emotions.  It’s a marriage of energy healing with psychology.

“I primarily use EFT since it’s the most effective tool I've found and it has good results on a variety of problems and issues; both emotional and physical. It's highly effective when you feel ‘stuck’ in life, or when you’re dealing with any sort of anxiety, as it releases negative emotions and addresses the limiting beliefs that hold us back in life,” Wyatt said. “I teach it so people can learn to use it themselves. EFT was designed to be a tool you can use yourself when you feel anxious or are facing a problem.”

Clients work with an EFT teacher like Wyatt to talk about the problems they are having, while learning where and how to tap into their inner resources.  Wyatt helps a client address the underlying emotional causes for the problem. These deep negative emotions, often something we’ve carried around since childhood, are blocking not only our energy flow, but our ability to overcome the problem. The talking and the tapping help release these emotions, “to clear them,” and allows us to move forward in life.

Wyatt sees EFT and similar techniques as tools to help in conjunction with traditional medicine. “I make sure that clients are receiving proper medical care. EFT recognizes the importance of emotions as part of the physical problem, as part of the healing. If they’re not getting what they need from the traditional world and need more, I offer a variety of tools to support the emotional aspects of their healing.”

The holistic approach focuses on treating the whole person: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even their lifestyle. “Like with my foot, these wonderful, brilliant foot doctors only looked at my foot. They never looked past that. In the holistic field, we look at all aspects of the individual. A lot of clients come to me with a physical problem, but they have emotional responses to that problem that need to be addressed as well. If you can feel as good as possible about the situation you’re dealing with, you will heal better and be more likely to do the things you need to do to take care of yourself correctly.”

Wyatt’s training in EFT has helped her own life as well. “I feel completely different. I feel like before I was living on the surface of life. When you go through suffering and even when you share other people’s suffering, it adds a lot of depth. It’s made me more spiritual. I look at life completely differently.”

The long-term resident of the Chestnut Hill area thinks people are growing more open-minded about alternative methods of healing. “People are finally waking up. Unfortunately there are problems with the health industry and people not having as much time with their doctors. There’s so many chronic conditions that need more help than just a drug. I think all these issues are leading people to alternative methods. I feel like there’s been a shift.”

Wyatt offers EFT workshops through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree every semester. The classes are mainly introductory, but she has offered one on using EFT to address a person’s anxiety about money. “The class was almost about ‘healing’ your relationship with money because we actually have a relationship with money. EFT can be very helpful with understanding why you feel the way you do about money. It’s not going to change that credit card bill, but it’ll help you feel better about it. It’s as simple as if you feel better about yourself you’ll be more motivated to stick to a budget.” She hopes to offer a class this spring on using EFT to help with emotional eating and weight issues.

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