Emotional Freedom Technique: EFT
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Emotional Freedom Technique: EFT

  • Sunday, 26 April 2009 00:05
  • Last Updated Thursday, 07 May 2009 23:19

What is EFT ?

EFT can be explained as being a form of Acupuncture without needles. It is an emotional transformation/healing technique (for example, for traumas, phobias, grief, anger, guilt, anxiety, etc.) that is also capable of relieving many physical symptoms (aches and pains, headaches and migraines, asthma, etc.). The theory is that the cause of all negative emotion is a disruption in the body's energy system.

This technique is very effective in that immediate and long lasting results are often obtained, bringing about relief where other techniques have failed. Its success rate is 80% or better, and it does not appear to have any side effects.

What can it be used for?

Abuse ADD-ADHD Agoraphobia Allergies Anger
Animals Anorexia/Bulimia Asthma Blood Pressure Carpal Tunnel
Children's Issues Claustrophobia Depression Diabetes Dyslexia
Eating disorders Fear of Flying Fears/phobias Headaches Neuropathy
OCD Pain Management Panic/Anxiety PTSD Trauma
Vision Weight loss Sports and other Performance

Generally EFT can be learned within 3 to 6 sessions, so that the client is then able to work by themselves on their own issues. However, they may benefit from working with the EFT therapist on more complex issues after this point.


EFT, created by Gary Craig n the mid 1990s, evolved from Thought Field Therapy (TFT) developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan. Dr Callahan had been treating a patient with severe water phobia for 1½ years. The patient felt fearful and sick. He noted that the acupuncture meridian for the stomach finished under the eye and asked his patient to tap on that point whilst thinking of her phobia. She immediately said the sickness had gone and so had her fear of water. He then challenged her by asking her to go to the pool in his garden, which she did, going straight to the Deep end and splashing water on her face. Dr Callahan then evolved a complex set of tapping sequences, relating different meridians to different emotions. TFT is very complex and takes a long time to learn.

Gary Craig originally learned TFT, then refined it to produce a simpler version called EFT.

How is it done?

The person gently taps on specific points along the meridians as they focus on their problem. A cycle of tapping takes about 30 seconds to one minute.

Tapping balances the meridians that have been disrupted by negative emotions. The events related to that problem are not forgotten, but can be recalled without any associated negative emotion.

EFT is a very flexible and creative technique and can be used for anything that requires healing, including severe and complex cases.

Finding a practitioner and more information

You can find a practitioner via the website http://www.emofree.com/

As EFT can be learnt in a weekend it is probably a good idea to look for someone who has a couple of years of experience and has been working consistently in that area.

It may be of benefit to find someone who also practices techniques such as:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Counselling www.nlptca.com NLP is a way of exploring how people think, identifying success and then applying these successful actions, thoughts or beliefs in ways that work to improve your life

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is particularly effective for traumatic memories of specific events ranging from a bad argument to rape, abuse and accidents http://www.emdr.com/briefdes.htm


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