Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the methods belonging to the school of Energy Psychology (EP), a term first used in the 1990s. EP integrates knowledge of psychological tenets such as the role of the conditioned response and the impact of early childhood experience on adult functioning, with the stimulation of energy points in the body. EP argues that ‘stimulating energy points on the skin, paired with specific mental activity, can instantly shift your brain’s biochemistry.

EFT is a non-invasive meridian therapy, involving individuals tapping on specific points of the body, using their fingers in place of the needles used in acupuncture. Acupuncture points have been shown to have ‘significantly lower electrical resistance than other areas of skin and lowered activation signals in the amygdala have been demonstrated following stimulation of specific acupuncture points.  The EFT points are found predominately on the face, a couple on the torso and the rest on the fingers and hands.

Gary Craig developed EFT in the mid-1990s as a consequence of his study of another form of energy therapy, ‘thought field therapy’ (TFT), which was developed and described by Roger Callaghan during the 1980s.

What it can help with?

  1. Stress and anxiety.
  2. Anger and frustration.
  3. Depression.
  4. All kinds of fears and phobias.
  5. Negative memories and inner child issues.
  6. Self-doubt.
  7. Guilt, grief, confusion and just about any other emotion imaginable.
  8. Reduce physical cravings for substances like chocolate and cigarettes.
  9. Overcome insomnia.
  10. Increase your overall well-being.
  11. Expand your career opportunities.
  12. Improve your performance in sports, your career, and in all aspect of your life.
  13. Release your limitations about money and open to creating more abundance in your life.
  14. Improve your business and personal relationships.
  15. Speak up in public situations and with those you are not able to communicate with now.
  16. Release any feelings that prevent you from experiencing a life filled with joy and love.
  17. Build up the courage to try the things you have always wanted to do, but didn’t dare.
  18. Enhance your personal and spiritual growth process.

EFT has a high success rate, and many types of practitioners are starting to utilize it for emotional and psychological healing.

I utilize EFT as part of my Kinesiology Practice, I have found it really beneficial for various emotional states and for exploring and clearing some of my own limiting beliefs.

I am also currently undertaking further studies in EFT to become an EFT practitioner with http://phillipandjanemountrose.com/.

Come and explore the benefits yourself.  I look forward to working with you! 🙂

EFT In Research? – I rest my case 🙂

  • The decrease in cortisol levels in the EFT group mirrored the observed improvement in psychological distress.
Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: October 2012 - Volume 200 - Issue 10 - p 891–896 The Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Church, Dawson PhD*; Yount, Garret PhD; Brooks, Audrey J. PhD
  •  After EFT treatment, the group no longer scored positive for PTSD, the severity and breadth of their psychological distress decreased significantly, and most of their gains held over time. This suggests that EFT can be an effective post deployment intervention.
The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A pilot protocol.

Church, Dawson.  Traumatology, Vol 16(1), Mar 2010, 55-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1534765609347549
  • The efficacy of EFT in treating specific phobias demonstrated in several earlier studies is corroborated by the current investigation. Comparison studies between EFT and the most effective established therapies for treating specific phobias are recommended.
The Immediate Effect of a Brief Energy Psychology Intervention (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Specific Phobias: A Pilot Study), the Journal of Science and Healing. Martha M. Salas, MA1, 2, Audrey J. Brooks, PhD3, , , Jack E. Rowe, PhD, 2011

  • These results are consistent with those noted in other studies of EFT that included an assessment for depression and indicate the clinical usefulness of EFT as a brief, cost-effective, and efficacious treatment.
Depression Research and Treatment. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 257172, 7 pages.  Clinical Study.  Brief Group Intervention Using Emotional Freedom Techniques for Depression in College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Dawson Church,1 Midanelle A. De Asis,2 and Audrey J. Brooks3
  • After using EFT, 60% no longer met the PTSD clinical criteria after three sessions. This increased to 86% after six sessions for the 49 subjects who ultimately received EFT and remained at 86% at 3 months and at 80% at 6 months. The results are consistent with that of other published reports showing EFT’s efficacy in treating PTSD and comorbid symptoms and its long-term effects.
Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: February 2013 - Volume 201 - Issue 2 - p 153–160 Psychological Trauma Symptom Improvement in Veterans Using Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Church, Dawson PhD*; Hawk, Crystal MEd; Brooks, Audrey J. PhD; Toukolehto, Olli MD§; Wren, Maria LCSW; Dinter,, Ingrid; Stein, Phyllis PhD
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