Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

What is EFT?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a relatively new discovery and a fast-evolving treatment within the field of Energy Psychology.

Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, this technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life peacefully. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self esteem, feeling stuck or stressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. It is also now finally widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and disease and for this reason these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips rather than needles to tap on the end points of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain free as possible.

EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points.

EFT is an approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy.

EFT is drawing attention from the broad spectrum of healing professionals; from the scientists to the spiritualists and everyone in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and new paradigms.

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.

Because the techniques are so simple, they can be used effectively as a self-help tool, which empowers people to actively contribute to their own healing and development process. This facilitates a much faster relief process.

How Does EFT Work?

Working on it’s core statement that:

“Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system”

EFT works to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional response or intensity to restore emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.

This is done by focusing on the specific problem while tapping with fingers on the end points of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, while uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a “straightening out” of the energy system thereby eliminating the “short circuit” to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.

EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points.

Why Choose this Type of Therapy?

  • It is a positive, proactive experience
  • Often works where nothing else seems to
  • Usually rapid, long lasting relief from symptoms
  • Can be self applied (some cases are more complex, however, and may require more detailed attention from an experienced EFT Practitioner)

Why Hire an EFT Practitioner?

Check out this article written by my mentor, Alina Frank.

What Can EFT Help With?

When the emotional intensity around a particular experience or physical issue is addressed and minimized with EFT, the body’s natural healing ability is able to do its job. The end result is that you feel better. In almost every case, clients report experiencing  profound emotional and physical improvements. These improvements usually go hand in hand with a renewed ability to meet life’s challenges from a place of peace and confidence.

The following are issues that EFT is able to address:

  • The Effects of Trauma
  • Recovering from and Accident
  • Pain
  • Serious Illness
  • Fears and Phobias (Dental, Heights, Airplanes, Success, etc.)
  • Allergies (Dust, Pollen, etc.)
  • Stress
  • Patterns you feel stuck in
  • Career and Work related issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional Eating
  • Self Esteem
  • Body Image Issues
  • EFT for Kids
  • Blocks to Peak Performance (Writing, Creativity, Acting, etc.)
  • And Much More!

Please go to my Resources page for research on EFT.