After years in the classroom helping kids to reach their potential, Krista Hurley is now helping adults transform their lives as well.
Hurley recently launched a practice in Stratford to teach Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – an alternative form of psychotherapy that involves a trained specialist tapping on the body’s meridian points to help release energy blockages that can cause negative memories, thoughts, and emotions.
“I never in my wildest dreams would have predicted that I could help people heal at such deep levels, says Hurley, 33, a local elementary teacher.
“When I am able to assist my clients in clearing their negative emotions, I feel immense gratitude knowing that I am helping others propel their lives forward.”
Two years ago, Hurley found herself struggling with her personal life as a newly single mother with a small baby. She was overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions that she says stopped her from being happy.
“I can remember thinking, ‘this must be my rock bottom,’ and I was desperately hoping life would somehow change for the better. But I really felt true happiness wasn't going to be possible for me.”
Hurley managed her stress and anxiety with support from family and friends. She exercised, did yoga and attended traditional talk therapy, all of which helped. But it was with EFT that Hurley says she really started to heal.
“I Googled stress relief and stumbled upon this meridian tapping technique called EFT,” Hurley recalls. “At the time I doubted that tapping on certain body parts could actually do anything.
But I was at the point where I would try anything to climb my way out of my deep hole.”
After testing the technique for a week, Hurley says she noticed a shift in her mood.
“I remember catching myself singing happily out loud ... something I hadn’t done in years."
Hurley, now a certified EFT practitioner, says EFT can lead to feelings of relief and relaxation.
“Through a combination of tapping and talking out their problems, my clients uncover the core issues that hold them back,” Hurley adds. “Core issues might be fear, a childhood trauma, abuse of any kind, bullying or lack of feeling loved ... just to name a few.”
Hurley says EFT can also be a coping tool for children who suffer from issues such as anxiety, depression, negative self-image, bullying, anger management, or peer pressure.
Hurley is currently working on writing her first how-to children's book which will walk children, parents and adults who interact regularly with children through the tapping process.
Hurley is currently accepting new clients. She can be reached at 519-271-1079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.