Picture Tapping Technique is a therapeutic intervention which is a fusion of Art Therapy and EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) that can bring impressive resolution for hard-to-identify or long-standing emotional issues or addictions.
(Read how I finally stopped smoking using PTT here|).
Release Negative Emotions:
Picture Tapping Technique is a different way of using EFT and has many benefits. It was created by Christine Sutton and Phillip Davis. It is an ingenious and creative way of releasing negative emotions (anger, fear, sadness, guilt, shame etc) and frequently provides faster resolution for global issues such as depression or generalised anxiety. When we create images, our unconscious mind will often present a multitude of issues in one drawing, that, when we combine EFT into the process are worked on at once.
In the years that I have used Picture Tapping Technique, I have found that it often provides ‘breakthrough’ moments for many clients.
Change Limiting Beliefs:
PTT is a way of using EFT along with the power of metaphor and imagination to reach gently but deeply into the psyche and help to release long-held limiting beliefs which may be difficult to express verbally. Sometimes we just can’t find the words, and with PTT we don’t need to.
It doesn’t matter what kind of drawings you produce, it is not an art competition. Just let your unconscious mind lead you, it may just be a jumble of colours or shapes (mine are!) However, clients are frequently delighted by the gentle resolution achieved.
Suitable for both children and adults:
It is also extremely useful for working with children or for adults who suffered complex trauma before conscious awareness and who may not be able to verbalise their feelings effectively.
For my own healing journey, this combination of art therapy and EFT was incredibly helpful to enable me to reach important pre-verbal issues that had plagued me for most of my life. Using this technique enabled me to find gentle integration and resolution. With one session of the Picture Tapping Technique, I took huge steps to release this long-standing issue that I thought could never be resolved.
Once learned properly, clients can also use Picture Tapping for self-care with very good results.
Many clients, can with practice, create pictures in their minds and tap on them as they ‘come up’ for resolution. It can be a wonderful pathway to healing.