Picture Tapping Technique is a branch of EFT that was developed by Philip Davis and Christine Sutton of Phoenix EFT . How PTT works is, rather than tapping on a particular issue and how it feels, the client draws a picture of how they feel. They use coloured markers, crayons or pencil crayons, and then follow a specific tapping sequence on that picture. After a couple of rounds of tapping, the client turns that picture over, then tunes into how they feel and draws another picture. Each picture is drawn in just a few minutes and it is not necessary to ‘know how to draw’. In fact, the less drawing skills one has the better.
The reason for this is because the technique is more successful when the client allows themselves to work from an intuitive place rather than ‘trying’ to draw something in a literal way. All sorts of shapes, colours and symbols can show up in a drawing, and it is all perfect. The creative mind is activated, and in doing so, the client has access to unconscious aspects of the issue they are working on.
In a PTT session, the client draws a series of pictures and does the tapping sequence on each one. In most cases, each picture moves through a resolution process until the issue has been cleared. The beauty of this technique is that the client doesn’t even have to know what the root cause of the issue is—the issue resolves through the use of metaphor and symbolism.
PTT is great to use on ‘global issues’, meaning issues that are not very specific such as “I’m really unhappy in my job”, or “I am not good enough”. EFT on the other hand works best on specifics like, “yesterday when the girls from work didn’t invite me for lunch, I felt hurt”, or “I feel really bad because I didn’t offer to help my neighbour cut the grass last week”. Sometimes a PTT session that starts with a global issue can reveal a more specific issue, and in that case EFT can be used as a quick and effective method to process that aspect of the issue.
I find the Picture Tapping Technique is especially effective for highly sensitive individuals because their issues are often more complex and more global in nature. Because sensitives ‘feel’ so much, they have a hard time finding ‘specific’ aspects of an issue—the thought of one aspect will bring up many other related aspects at the same time. PTT is a wonderful process of addressing unresolved issues in a gentle and loving way. Also, once the client learns how PTT works, they can use it as a self-healing tool. It is a little bit more involved to learn than EFT, but can be easily mastered in a relatively short time.