My daughter has always been anxious about school and also, new people and places. I had heard great things about tapping through social media and was interested to give it a try to see whether it would help relieve some of the distress associated with returning to school after the holidays. Jo immediately made me and my daughter feel comfortable and at ease. My daughter usually takes some time to feel comfortable in a new situation but within minutes she was talking openly with Jo about how she was feeling and participated fully in the tapping session. The story was very engaging and explained the process that Jo would be following at her level in an age appropriate way and the subsequent tapping was simple and easy to follow. That night my daughter went straight to bed and had a great nights sleep, whereas previously she would have been very distressed the night before returning to school after the holidays, getting up numerous times with worries about what was to come the following day. Jo followed up the session with an in-depth email explaining how we can continue tapping at home and we would love to work with her again on some other challenges in the future.
Denise, Parent of Millie (age 8)
Whenever I get worried, I always know I can rely on tapping. If you have anxiety or not, you should learn tapping because it really calms your body in any situation. If I get worried, tapping is the first strategy I go to stay calm so I don’t need any help from others. Tapping lets me be responsible for my own feelings and in control of my body. I feel that everyone should learn how to tap and know their feelings better.
Alexis (age 10)
I went to tapping because I was having some friendship issues. It helped me to not feel so tense and upset at school. I could use tapping at any time to let go of any worries. Tapping is very helpful and can be used for anything for example I have used it for friendship issues, headaches or even nerves and it made me feel a lot calmer and safer.
Mrs Virgona [Theresa] was great at helping me learn tapping because she is so comforting and respectful, whatever the problem is Mrs Virgona can help you. Tapping helped me through tough times and I hope that it can help others as much as it helped me.
Olivia (age 10)
I went to Theresa for tapping with my 10 y/o daughter who was having some friendship issues at school that were making her feel a little anxious about being at school and not her normal bubbly, happy self.
Theresa was able to help her work through exactly what was bothering her and how she was feeling in relation to her friends and how to manage her feelings.
The next day her teacher came to me and told me that she was back to herself. She was happy and bubbly in class again and she could physically see she was more relaxed and eager to learn. She had let go of the stresses that were bothering her.
The tapping technique was easy for her to understand and use. With Theresa’s help she was able to work with some positive thoughts and phrases. She was eager to do a round of tapping before bed each night and is now happy to use it whenever she is anxious, worried about something or just feeling a little tired and flat. (She’ll even do it discreetly in class or at a friend’s house.)
Theresa is very professional. She has such a calming nature and is so good with children. She was able to make Olivia feel comfortable and relaxed and she enjoyed her tapping sessions with her.
Amanda, parent of Olivia (age 10)
I started having a few sessions with Jo and she started by telling me her story about fairies and Tapping. She always asked me “What colour do you feel?” and also “What shape do you feel?” I also gave a score from one to ten, ten is bad and one is good. She also asked how I would feel about certain things and if my number was higher than a five, we would tap on it. The tapping would always change my number. For example, a five would go to a three.
Jo has helped me to overcome my fears, like strangers and being in the dark and all other kinds of stuff. But most importantly she makes me feel CONFIDENT!
Maisie (age 8)
My daughter is 8 years old and has been clinically diagnosed with anxiety. Thinking back over the years, it was evident that she suffered from anxiety even as a baby. I quickly learned that there was no point trying to ‘change’ her or even trying to ‘cure’ her, the anxiety was real, and it wasn’t going anywhere. Instead, I focused on finding ways to help her understand why she felt the way she did and tried to give her as many tools as possible to help her manage it when it flared up.
She has had many sessions with a psychologist both at school and privately. This helped her to understand what it was and how the brain worked when she was anxious. Once she got a good understanding about it, the psychologists were no longer helpful because we didn’t know when and where she was going to feel anxious, so they couldn’t prepare her for an incident that hadn’t happened yet.
I have always been open minded about trying different methods to give her more tools to cope by herself. As she gets older, I am not always there to hold her hand.
A friend mentioned Tapping with Joanne Barker. I had never heard of it! She said I should give it a try, so we did! We live in regional Victoria, so Joanne was happy to do the sessions via Skype. Joanne was very professional and built a rapport with my daughter within minutes. She explained what Tapping was and how it works and then we began to do some Tapping exercises together.
After one session, my daughter was using this technique the next day. We did a few exercises together, but she also used the tools at the school to keep her ‘mind’ calm. I have found that this technique is perfect for keeping the mind calm. It’s hard to stop a racing mind but the Tapping does exactly that! We have since had more sessions with Jo and I would highly recommend Tapping to others. It’s hard for a mother to see their child so worked up over the smallest of things, its so helpful for us and the child to have a tool to use to bring calm back into the child.
Thank you, Joanne, for all your help. Tapping is quick and easy to learn, it is a technique that should be introduced to children of all ages. With so many families being rushed and stressed, I think anyone could benefit from it…. even us as parents.
Emily van der Walt, Parent of Maisie (age 8) San Remo , VIC
Tapping really helped me to calm down when I worry about things like spiders, friends and gluten. The teddy bear, Mrs Virgona [Theresa] gave, helped me to remember the places I need to tap. I have taught my little sister how to tap and sometimes we do it togther.
Matteo (age 8)
Thank you Theresa for equipping us with simple techniques to cope with my son’s anxiety. The sessions that are designed for both parent and child, were very informative and clear. Your experience, professionalism and passion are the reasons Tapping has been very effective for my son.
Tatiana, parent of Matteo (age 8)
Tapping has helped me to worry a little less about things that I am unsure about. It took me a few goes at tapping before I was able to do it on my own. If I find myself in a situation that I am worried about I can tap on my fingers to help me feel better about it.
Emily (age 13)
Tapping was a new concept to myself and my family. One that we knew very little about. When you suggested we try tapping to help with Emily’s anxiety about her school testing I was excited to see how she would respond as she has always been an anxious child. I remember her leaving for school that morning without her mentioning the testing and when I asked her about it at the end of the day her response was, “It went really well”. She showed none of her usual signs of anxiety before or after the event. I loved that you provided her with the tapping skills that she could use herself whenever she felt the need.
Teresa, Parent of Emily (age 13)
After learning the tapping process with Jo, I frequently use it in my everyday life. It has helped me reduce my stress and anxiety as well as help me clear and progress past events that have affected me. It is easy to use and adapt and I am amazed at how positive it makes you feel afterwards.
Jo was a great ‘tapping teacher’. She helped me work through areas of anxiety in a kind and supportive way and assisted me to understand how to use tapping in my everyday life.
Adrianna, School Teacher
Thank you for introducing me to Emotional Freedom Technique and assisting me with working through my personal conflicts. Overall, I feel that I am calmer and have a greater degree of confidence when dealing with difficult family situations. I am also sleeping longer! Your gentle approach and non-judgmental manner made it easier for me to open up and approach EFT with a willingness to move forward. I am so very pleased I came to see you. After two sessions I felt instant relief from the rhythm of tapping and the words I would quietly say to myself. I appreciate that you were able to stay focused on my issues and assist me in remembering something from my past which had reignited unpleasant memories for me.
What I am especially grateful to you for is that, I am in control of my emotional healing now and do not feel the need to rely on any form of medication.
I was stuck in a space where my self belief was limiting my ability to reach my personal and professional goals. When I worked with Jo, I was already familiar with aspects of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), having some success with another practitioner. I was struck by Jo’s professionalism, her knowledge, her level of accreditation and her support and empathy. The change in perspective and emotional shift I experienced through working with Jo have allowed me to move forward with my career, my long term goals and my personal life. I am a very satisfied client. If you are stuck, as I was, I recommend working with Jo.
I had been feeling not quite right for a while, and since I had been at my job for 12 years, I just thought it was that I needed a change. Soon after finding another job and starting there, I had a complete breakdown. I felt like something was broken inside, and I was also suffering from anxiety.
I had seen a psychologist, which had no effect to my mental state. My wife had done some Tapping in the past which had helped her, so she suggested I give it a try. I was quite apprehensive at the start, but thought it couldn’t hurt.
After having a few sessions with Jo I’m now feeling less anxious, and the issues that came up from my past are now sorted, leaving me a happier, less broken, more confident feeling person.
The Tapping skills I’ve learned in these sessions gives me the confidence I need that if I have any issues in the future, I can tap them away.
Steve (age 38)
I recently visit Jo with my 9 year old son Jake who has ADD, Sensory Processing and Anxiety. We have tried a lot of methods to help him feel more relaxed, calmer and be able to learn in the classroom.
I had read a bit about Tapping and also seen videos of people doing it, so when I saw Jo was offering sessions I thought I would try it for my son.
My son who is very anxious in new situations and takes a while to trust and warm up to a person was comfortable with Jo in about 5 minutes after being there. Jo comes across as a very calm, kind person, which made my son automatically trust her. The room was very welcoming and also a very relaxing environment.
Jo explained the Tapping to Jake, and made sure he understood and allowed him time to understand and process information. She provided a picture of the Tapping points and went through them with him before starting. We then went through the Tapping slowly, and Jake followed along with Jo. After a couple of tries he was able to do it and I could see the instant calming effective it had on him. He was relaxed and happy.
On the way home we chatted about Tapping and he said he really enjoyed it and found it relaxed him. We haven’t been strict at home doing it everyday but we have been Tapping on a regular basis when anxiety is high, and it has really been able to bring his emotions back down and come back to a relaxed state.
All in we have loved it and the calmness it has brought to my son. Definitely if you have a child who has trouble with anxiety or trouble with their emotions, this is definitely worth a try. It’s easy to learn and can be incorporated in to your life quite easily, and doesn’t take a lot of time. Jo has been fantastic and has followed up to see how we have been going and offers any support you need.
Kristy, Parent of Jake (age 8)