What is EFT?
It is described by it's founder, Gary Craig, as a "psychological form of acupuncture" - mentally focusing on a physical or emotional issue whilst tapping on various acupuncture points - so, it can work on both physical and emotional issues. Some simply call it tapping, because acupuncture points are tapped on the head, chest and fingers whilst tuning into an unpleasant memory: this causes the fear, anxiety or pain to subside -
it is very tangible.
How does it work?
Ingeniously developed by Gary Craig, EFT is deceptively simple in its application. The processdisguises the many different concepts and modalities it incorporates. It includes Roger Callahan PhD, clinical psychologist’s TFT (Thought Field Therapy) and Francine Shapiro’s EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). It has elements of NLP - using the best of Bandler, Grinder and Ericksonian work; whilst having the compassion and depth of A Course in Miracles.
What do I use it for in my practice?
Dramatic results with both physical and emotional symptoms.
If we could irradiate all the memory of all the events we wish had never happened in our life, we'd be healthier and be less limited in what we believe is possible for us - and hence in what we can achieve in our lives.
EFT is a tool to eliminate the negative emotions of bad experiences - hence it's name Emotional Freedom Technique.Obviously it is effective for fears: of public speaking, of flying, social phobia and other phobias.
It is widely used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and has been much tested during its evolution to erase the terrible memories of war veterans. Equally it can be used for any horrible traumas: motor accidents, abuse, bullying or feeling violated in any way.
Our anxieties from our past tend to play out in our futures - over-eating, smoking, drinking, even over-working can be driven behaviours trying to calm the inner anxiety, generally buried in our past. EFT offers a choice to clear the anxieties, and hence release our driven behaviour.
Our beliefs of what is possible for us, enable or limit our goals. EFT can go back to the experiences that created those beliefs, and neutralise their influence, so we are able to achieve the goals that have eluded us. It can be used in sports performance, financial goals, and any personal achievement goals.
I offer Skype EFT sessions, anywhere throughout the world.
Use it in your daily life on specific goals – pain, physical symptoms, weight loss, financial goals – all highly measurable – and witness the results first hand!
However, if scientific research is important to you, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology summarise papers which give evidenced research of positive results of EFT.
Church, D., De Asis, M., & Brooks, A. J. (2012). Brief group intervention using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for depression in college students: Arandomized controlled trial. Depression Research & Treatment, 2012.
Church, D., Hawk, C, Brooks, A., Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., Stein, P. (2012). Psychological trauma symptom improvement in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomized controlled trial. Accepted for publication by the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
Church, D., Piña, O., Reategui, C., & Brooks, A. (2011). Single session reduction of the intensity of traumatic memories in abused adolescents after EFT: Arandomized controlled pilot study. Traumatology. doi:10.1177/1534765611426788
Hartung, J. & Stein, P. (2012). Telephone delivery of EFT (emotional freedom techniques) remediates PTSD symptoms in veterans. Energy Psychology Journal, 4(1), 33-40.
Llewellyn-Edwards, T., & Llewellyn-Edwards, M. (2012, Spring). The effect of EFT
(emotional freedom techniques) on soccer performance.
Fidelity: Journal for the National Council of Psychotherapy, 47, 14–19.
Stapleton, P., Sheldon, T., & Porter, B. (2012). Clinical benefits of emotional freedom techniques on food cravings at 12-months follow-up: A randomized controlled trial.
Energy Psychology Journal, 4(1), 13-24.
Church, D., Yount, G. & Brooks, A. (2011). The Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, in press.
Hodge, P. (2011). A Pilot Study of the Effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques in Psoriasis.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2).
Jones, S., Thornton, J., & Andrews, H. (2011). Efficacy of EFT in Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, Treatment, 3(1).
Palmer-Hoffman, J., & Brooks, A. (2011). Psychological Symptom Change after Group Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(1), 57-72.
Salas, M., Brooks, A., & Rowe, J. (2011). The Immediate Effect of a Brief Energy Psychology Intervention (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Specific Phobias: A Pilot Study. Explore, 7, 155-161.
Stein, P., & Brooks, A. Efficacy of EFT Provided by Coaches vs. Licensed Therapists in Veterans with PTSD. (2011). Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3 (1).
Temple, G., & Mollon, P. (2011). Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients using EFT: A Pilot Study.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3 (2).
Baker, A. H. (2010). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Reduces Intense Fears: A Partial Replication and Extension of Wells et al. (2003). Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, (2010), (2) 2.
Burk, L. (2010). Single Session EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Stress-Related Symptoms After Motor Vehicle Accidents. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 2(2), 65-72.
Church, D. (2010b). The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT: A Pilot Protocol. Traumatology, 15(1), 45-55.