How often have you just felt stuck? The world is moving all around you, but you feel like you just aren’t going anywhere. So many of us go through life and have things that hold us back from achieving what we feel we are meant to do. Small or big challenges - long-standing or more recent feelings. If it keeps us from our true purpose, then we must work to tear them down.
Through a series of deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and aromatherapy, a certified practitioner will guide you to help break through their mental blocks and work towards your goals. The technique was developed by Dr. Benjamin Perkus, a Clinical Psychologist for 20 years. He created AFT based upon his 15 years of integrating essential oils with traditional and energy psychology techniques. He has written a book using the Aroma Freedom Technique.
AFT is a process of 12 specific awareness steps that leads to powerful and profound changes. It helps to release negative thoughts and beliefs. AFT helps you get from where you are now to where you desire to be. It also can help by clearing a pattern related to your work, relationships, children, habits, parenting, etc.
It is recommended that your first AFT clearing be led by someone certified in the technique, but then you can follow the steps on your own as needed.
After the outpouring of questions regarding how to become certified in AFT, I have put together this short video describing the process and specifications.
Once you are a Certified Practitioner, you will have the ability to charge for your sessions, you will be listed in our online database at the Aroma Freedom Academy, you will receive an affiliate link, and you will also receive a certificate suitable for framing. The coursework during an in-person or online training will give you the knowledge, practice, and mentoring to be ready to practice AFT.
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AFT is Aroma Freedom Technique. It is a step-by-step process for identifying and releasing negative thoughts, feelings and memories that interfere with reaching our goals and dreams. AFT is meant to be used as a way to set a person’s emotional energy flowing in a positive direction, towards growth and expansion rather than contracting in fear, doubt and paralysis. It uses Young Living Essential Oils to trigger a permanent shift in how we view ourselves and the world. I am not a therapist or counselor, but will walk you through the process.
In an AFT session, we will go through the 12 steps of AFT.
- We start with setting a goal and giving it a rating on a scale of 0-10.
- Then we will recognize the negative voice that tells us why this isn’t possible.
- We will then identify the emotion that we feel when we hear that negative voice.
- Then we locate the physical part of the body where we feel that emotion.
- We then associate that feeling and emotion with a memory.
- At that point, we smell the oils and allow ourselves to explore that memory, recognizing the changes and new beliefs that emerge.
- We then revisit the goal. We may repeat the process 1-2 more times to gain further movement and momentum.
- We will then seal in the newfound positive outlook with an affirmation and an action plan.
We can do a session anywhere that you feel safe. I regularly do sessions online via Zoom (a free video conferencing app and website), as long as you have the oils beforehand. If you are local, we can also meet and have a session in person.
The only other request that I have is that we find a time and place where you will not be distracted from children, family members, phones, work responsibilities, etc.
You will need the following oils from Young Living for a session:
1. Lavender, Frankincense, AND Stress Away
2. Inner Child OR Frankincense OR Stress Away
3. Release OR Thieves
4. Believe, Transformation, OR Lemon
Optional oils: Clarity, Peppermint, Valor, Grounding, Harmony, Present Time
If you do not have access to these oils, simply let me know beforehand, and we will make sure that you get samples of the oils that you need.
*It is important to note that I will only do an AFT session with you if you use essential oils from Young Living for two reasons:
- We have experience with other oils not being effective during AFT sessions.
- Our agreement with Aroma Freedom Technique is that we will only use YL oils.
A session can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour (or longer).
I have found that typically first sessions last 45 minutes - 1 hour, though I do not rush or prolong the process. It takes the time that it takes, and we will not cut a session short until we have reached a conclusions and finished the steps.
The short answer is no.
The long answer, however, is that you may find that your first experience or two will be better if you are led through a session with an AFT practitioner. Can you read the book by Dr. Benjamin Perkus and walk yourself through a session? If you have the Young Living oils needed, you absolutely can. But again, you may find that it is easier to have someone else guide you. Then, when you are comfortable, you can absolutely lead yourself through a session.
Yes, it does, as long as you take the time and focus on the process.
AFT is incredibly gentle and safe, and it helps to have a certified practitioner walk you through the steps, as we can help you to identify a strong goal. The basis of any AFT session starts with a powerful and meaningful (to you) goal.
AFT has been found to be effective and long-lasting, as it helps to rewire the negative, limiting beliefs that hold us back from what we really want to achieve.
I will walk you through the steps of AFT, and if needed, we can also do the Memory Resolution Technique (TMRT).
A TMRT varies slightly from an AFT session, as it focuses on a specific memory that continually comes up and is difficult to move past. It can be an incredibly effective pathway towards helping with longstanding and difficult memories.
No, I am not a therapist. I am a Certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner.
I am currently finishing my Level 2 Certification, which allows me to train and certify other people to be an AFT Practitioner.
We have a variety of prices, depending on the size of the group:
1 person: $45
2-9 people: $35 a person
10+ people: $25 a person
We also have found that most people find the biggest changes when they have multiple sessions. We offer group packages of $100 for 3 sessions.
Ok so after I did the session I felt much more relaxed and positive. It has helped me to realize that I was continuing to have a negative body image. It's not perfect but my goal weight of 95 lbs is not healthy, and I now see that clearly. So since changing my goal to a more reasonable amount, I am now happier and finding it easier to make the changes needed to achieve it. -JE
I’m a registered nurse and, therefore, I am very educated about the body. I am passionate about natural and holistic care but unfortunately I required a major surgery in December 2016. I first met Dory in person in March 2017 in the midst of significant complications following surgery and was engaging in anything holistic that I believed could help me return to wellness. Dory suggested an impromptu Aroma Freedom session, which I readily agreed to. I could not have been more amazed! Seriously. As a nurse who passionately believes in holistic care (treating the person as a whole – the mind, body and soul) I fully realize the importance of addressing any issue in each of those areas. I’ve always thought of myself as a strong person. I’m a busy, driven business woman with my own independent consulting business, a wife and mother of four, and in general I always “have it together”. With the essential oils Dory utilized in the Aroma Freedom session she was able to take me deep within the emotions I was dealing with at that time. I recognized fully that I was very frustrated because I was still struggling and had not resumed my normal life since surgery, which was nearly three months prior. However, I had not fully recognized the extreme guilt I was feeling that I was not able to fully engage in my children’s lives as I had before surgery, that my husband was still having to pick up ALL the slack and take care of all the household chores, and I had not been able to resume full time hours in my office and was getting behind in my caseload. During the Aroma Freedom session, Dory took me to a place where the full realization of guilt just consumed me and I did something I NEVER do. I just cried and cried. I needed to recognize that guilt, acknowledge I had every right to feel that way but yet it was not my fault, and then let it go. She was simply amazing. -ADH
Thank you so much for the Aroma Freedom cleansing session! I found it enlightening. Immediately afterwards, I felt light and happy. This quickly moved to feeling full of energy, focus and excitement about what the future holds. It has now been eight days and I am so very excited, motivated and successfully acting on the steps to reach my goal. I have had trouble for almost two years now, but something has clicked within just the past week! I don't fully understand it, but I do believe Dory and this session played an integral part. I would definitely do it again! -MF
I wanted to give you an update from our AFT session. After the session, I slept really great that night. I woke up in a positive mood and continued with that mood throughout the week. I found this to be the main difference or shift after the session that I remained positive when often times I would be down about certain situations. I really do believe saying the affirmation every morning does make a difference. While I don't have all the answers yet about my life's purpose or what I should/shouldn't do I believe it is a process and journey. This technique was another great tool in helping me get there. -EZ
Dory Doyle lives in Richmond with her husband Tim, twins Audrey and David, and dog Lucy. She is the founder of One Breath at a Thyme (onebreathatathyme,com) a team of Young Living members who work together to make positive changes in their homes and families by reducing chemicals, eliminating toxins, and finding positive emotional support. She has been using and educating others on essential oils and non-toxic living since 2014.
She has a BS in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a MT from the University of Virginia. Her passion is to help others find ways to involve aspects of self-care in their lives, such as simple movements, breathing techniques, and essential oil blends.
Dory is an Aroma Freedom Technique Certified Practitioner and Instructor. She utilizes this tool to help individuals and groups break through the barriers that are holding them back in their professional lives, personal relationships, and with their inner potential.
As an Instructor, she has also co-written the AFT Immersion Class and traveled to Georgia to pilot the program and to New York City to lead an AFT certification course. She is very comfortable leading an individual session or a group of 100 people.
Initial Meeting & Clearing:
- Individual: $45
- Group (2-9): $35/person
- Group (10+): $25/person
Package Price: 3 sessions for $100