What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a brief novel intervention combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. It is often referred to as ‘Tapping’ as it uses a two finger tapping process with a cognitive acceptance statement.  EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals.

We will use EFT during our sessions and I will also instruct you how to use EFT on your own between sessions. 

EFT has a significant body of research supporting its efficacy. References to this research are given below. It involves tapping on acupressure points while thinking of a problem as a way to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. During our coaching sessions, you will tap on certain acupressure points on your hands, face, head, and torso and the coach will generally tap along on similar points in a supportive and guiding role.

Emotional Freedom Technique EFT how these tapping points can have a significant impact

Research has found EFT for obesity and food cravings and weight management to be extremely successful and durable over time.  Effectiveness has also been established for phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and pain.

You can read more about EFT at the following website: https://evidencebasedeft.com

Several recommended books include: The EFT Manual, Dawson Church; EFT Level 1 Comprehensive Training Resource and The Science behind Tapping, Peta Stapleton Ph.D.

EFT appears to affect the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre), and both play a role in the decision process when you decide if something is a threat. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can result in lowered immune function and ultimately affect our physical health.  EFT has been shown to down regulate genes associated with the stress response, and improve immune functioning.

It is possible that not all of the risks and benefits of using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are known. The following are common in Tapping sessions: emotional reactivity may increase and/or decrease; unexpected physical sensations may come and go; previously forgotten memories may surface; memories may become clear. EFT practitioners have generally agreed that the technique is gentle and effective at reducing emotional reactivity quickly. Once emotional reactivity is reduced, there is a corresponding shift in mental perspective. 

This shift in mental perspective, also called a “cognitive shift,” is the reason why EFT is a powerful tool for coaches who seek to support their clients in working toward a goal.  With a cognitive shift, clients generally change a limiting belief, such as “I am powerless,” to a more empowered belief, such as, “I am capable and I have options.” These changes help clear the way to attaining goals which is the purpose of our EFT coaching work. 

My role in our work together will be to facilitate this process of perspective shifts by using stress reduction tools. Once the stress is alleviated around your goals and limiting beliefs, you will have better access to your own strength and wisdom. I will be fully present and provide objective feedback during our sessions.