Updated: Mar 24, 2021
Stephanie White is an EFT Master Practitioner, TFT Advanced Practitioner, and Self Empowerment Coach.
Q. Can you please introduce yourself?
A. I'm Stephanie White and my company is Tapping Into Balance.
Q. How did you get to this?
A. If I go back to the beginning, I was a special ed teacher. I taught kids that were severely emotionally disturbed. Then I worked with kids who were diagnosed with autism or pervasive developmental delays. I did that for about 14 years. Then I had my kids, and when my second one was born, I stopped working full time. When my son was in elementary school, he was exhibiting severe ADHD symptoms, and I didn't want him to be on medication. I found Neurofeedback and took him to be trained in Neurofeedback. It was pivotal in his life. It changed everything for us. I was fascinated with Neurofeedback because of the changes I observed in my son. I was trained and started my own practice doing Neurofeedback about 18 years ago. For the past 12 years, I’ve spent an enormous amount of time in exploration. Quantum physics became a significant interest for me. Our innate ability to transform more like energy than matter. That led me into Dr. Joe Dispenza's work which then led me to tapping. Tapping is much newer for me. I've been doing this, clinically for about a year and a half.
Q. Can you quickly elaborate on the brainwave feedback?
A. Neurofeedback is essentially working with the brain. That's the "neuro" piece. It's under the umbrella of biofeedback because it is a feedback therapy. But biofeedback generally refers to the body. With Neurofeedback, the feedback is auditory and visual. Neurofeedback exercises the brain waves to become more efficient which helps a client’s symptom picture improve. Neurofeedback and tapping are very complementary to one another.
Q. How are Neurfeedback and Tapping Different?
A. The difference between the two modalities is that Neurofeedback does a beautiful job of training brain waves to move into a greater state of balance. Homeostasis. Tapping allows the body to release trapped emotions which allows energy to flow as it’s naturally designed. Homeostasis. Emotions that are stuck cause a disruption in our energy body which interferes with our health. With tapping, we can release self-critical thoughts, limiting beliefs, and old patterns that do not serve our best interest.
Q. Do you see results from the tapping?
A. It's phenomenal. I mean, it is a real privilege to watch people transform. Most of my clients are very interested in this self-empowerment journey; true transformation. The beauty of the tapping is that it's gentle. You don't ever want to take somebody through re-traumatizing events. We can release the trauma in a very gentle way. I sit with clients as they transform, and it's phenomenal to listen, as they're learning and changing, and moving along in their journey of self-discovery.
Q. Are you changing the magnetic field of a person?
A. With tapping, yes.
Q. How does tapping work? Can it help with anxiety?
A. Yes, I've studied epigenetics and quantum physics, and the subconscious mind. Often, anxiety is being driven by something that we're not aware of. It's a form of control that can feel comforting - like an addiction. We all have an addiction. Cyclic negative thoughts are an addiction. With tapping, we develop an awareness of what’s no longer serving us. And then we can release it. The tapping sends a calming signal to the Amygdala, which is the fear center of our brain. Brain waves are changed when our autonomic nervous system moves into a state of relaxation. Science has shown that tapping lowers our levels of cortisol; our stress hormone.
Q. What about your coaching?
A. Coaching in the quantum is about the unlimited possibility. The electromagnetic field that makes up an atom is filled with empty space. We're made up of atoms. I give clients a lot of information that helps them while they're transforming. It's like the bridge between where they were and where they're going. Tapping ultimately is like speaking directly to the subconscious, and the autonomic nervous system, allowing the body to move into the parasympathetic part of our nervous system. Tapping is like a Morse code that communicates to the innate healing mechanisms that know exactly what to do to be in harmony and balance.
Our emotional blocks are created with emotions like anxiety, fear, loss, jealousy, anger. These emotions carry a negative charge which can cause blocks in our energy system. Keeping our energy from flowing properly. Tapping allows these blocks to be released. Tapping is able to collapse the disruption and return the body’s energy system to a state of balance.
Q. How many sessions does it take?
A. It varies. If it's an issue that's very superficial (surface level) like a random phobia, it can be as quick as one or two sessions. As an example, I hate heights though nothing traumatic has ever happened to me. It's not going to take many sessions because it's what we call issue-based. When it's deeper, more embedded in the subconscious or the unconscious, or in the belief system, it can take more like 7-10 sessions. Which is pretty exciting for a problem like anxiety to be relieved in such a short period of time. Tapping is taught to be used as a self-help tool. Over time, with practice, tapping can be used independently to get relief from typical day-to-day emotional imbalances.
Q. Can you expand on that?
A. We're designed as a species to be programmed because we would not survive if we weren't. We arrive not knowing how to navigate or survive.
For example, in early childhood, it’s important to teach children to be safe. But often, most of what we pass on, without meaning to, is fear. This fear unconsciously becomes part of the programming. Belief systems, fears, anxieties, judgment, etc are passed down to a child by parents, teachers, clergy, society etc., as truth. Often without any intention of harm, we grow up with a sense of unworthiness. With a critical voice inside our head. With anxiety about not fitting in. Fear of not being accepted. We start to snuff out our own brilliance. Our own light. Our own flame burns with our authentic signature of who we are. Healing occurs when we keep turning inward. Turning inward to keep getting closer and closer to discovering our truth and become empowered to express our true essence.
Q. Can you expand on that?
A. There are layers. And we can only begin with the outermost layer. At the bottom of the emotional scale are negative emotions. Those that are the furthest away from love, which is why it feels so terrible. When we talk about epigenetics, we consider not just what we inherit but how we live. What is our story? So if my story is hard. I struggle all the time. I can't get a break. If that's my story, it means I’m constantly feeling a lack and a scarcity. I'm jealous. I feel low self-worth. I feel resentment, jealousy, anger. The space around me is contracted. But what we are supposed to have is an empty space. That empty space is wonderful, beautiful, powerful stuff. Because when we fill it with the emotions that are high vibrating, then we attract those situations and those people into our life. But when it's contracted because of those downregulating emotions, we're like an empty magnet. We don't have energy flowing. We are just empty. We've lost our magnetic charge. So the tapping is releasing all the negative stuff from your energy body. The stagnant energy is ignited and then you’re able to be filled up with this vital life force that is naturally yours.
With tapping we are able to do deep inner child work without retraumatization. We can heal ourselves in a different dimension and generational trauma.
Q. Do you work with energy centers (chakras)?
A. I do in my practice. Tapping uses the endpoints of the ancient Chinese meridians. I studied two schools of tapping. One school of tapping was with Dr. Roger Callahan. He's the man that created tapping. It wouldn't exist without him. That's called Thought Field Therapy. And in that form of tapping, there are tools and techniques that are individualized. So I do muscle testing. I determine what you specifically need.
Q. What do you use to test the muscle?
A. Kinesiology. Roger Callahan has different algorithms, which just means an order of tapping with points for different symptoms. And he tested this for years with this causal diagnostic process. I’m also certified at the Master's level of the Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT.
Q. I've heard of EFT.
A. Yeah, that's the more commercialized practice. It was created by Gary Craig, who was a student of Roger Callahan. He is one of only five people who were trained at the highest level. Gary was an engineer, so he's efficient, mechanical, and he wanted to make what Roger developed more user-friendly. He wanted to make this as simple as possible. So he said, I'm going to take all the points, and I'm going to create one sequence which will hit all the points. Roger paid greater attention to the order of the points. Rogers’ style was much more complicated, much more individualized. I use the best of both techniques in my sessions. I feel so grateful to be trained in both areas. It’s a very fluid process.
Q. How does releasing these trapped negative emotions help?
A. You could go to a therapist for ten years and still have something trapped in your body. It will keep showing up. It will own you on some level. If it is choosing you, then you are not free to make your own choices. You are being owned by these emotions that are trapped. You're being led by it. In epigenetics, they say that 95% of our day is on autopilot. That's the autonomic system that was programmed. 5% of the day, we are creative with new thoughts. So most of the time, we are running off a program. With tapping, we go back and release; we unpeel the layers and keep releasing. It’s liberating. It’s freedom from the past. We get rid of anxiety now. We get rid of helplessness now. It's like those Russian dolls you open one and find another doll inside.
If we spend too much time or get stuck in emotions that keep us in the sympathetic nervous system were harming ourselves, we're down-regulating cells in our body, which causes entropy, cellular death; we’re shortening our lives in this sympathetic, fight or flight state of being. We weren't designed to stay in this fight or flight part of the nervous system. We were designed to flee if we saw a saber-toothed tiger. And then that's it. And it happened maybe once a month. But we can stay in stress in our thoughts. You can keep a very stressful thought pattern going. And then we live in the chemistry of stress. Because the thought creates the feeling, and the feeling sets off the chemistry. The chemistry then tells the brain, we're in danger, and this becomes a cycle that repeats itself. We’re designed to be in a state of relaxation (most of the time), which is restorative. The tapping brings us into the parasympathetic system and is naturally calming. We are able to remove the blocks, the disruption, and create a flow that is liberating.
Q. Can we do a mini session?
A. Yes, Let's do one where we address your worry.
A. So if we had a scale of zero to ten of distress ten would be the worst level of distress, where are you?
Q. Like a seven.
A. I'm going to keep it simple. We're going to tap this point here, which is called the side of the hand. I'm going to be you, and I'm going to speak to you. And then you're going to repeat. 'So even though I have this worry that keeps me small, I choose to know that I can be calm. Even though I have this worry, that sabotages me and gets in my way, Because I'm afraid, I choose to feel relaxed.’
**Stephanie gave me a full mini session. She proceeded to show the tapping points while we extracted various concerns. It was a great experience, and I realized I had a strange awareness of worry.***
Q. Very cool, can you do it to yourself?
A. Yeah. That's something I have been able to do for myself over a long period of time.
Q. What do you do for yourself to relax?
A. I meditate and tap every day. I love to hike and be in nature.
Q. What's the most significant trend you've seen in the last almost a decade?
A. I think people feel very disempowered, but very much want to learn to become empowered. People who walk through my door are people that want to change, they want to move into their future by leaving their unwanted parts of their past behind them. They want to grow, change, feel better. I think people are open to a new way of understanding their physical body. Understanding that we are also made up of energy and that we have ways to positively influence our energy body. I think people are ready to live fuller and healthier lives. I think that people ultimately want to contribute. They want to live in greater harmony within themself and with others.
To do a mini session to work with Stephanie you can click here.