EFT Tapping and Acupressure
EFT Tapping or “Emotional Freedom Techniques”
“Emotional Freedom Techniques,” or EFT Tapping, is a combination of 8 well-accepted functions in psychology, plus Acupressure, that together create a rapid emotional, cognitive, and physical decrease in distress. The end result is 1) trauma resolution 2) emotional regulation and 3) a calmer nervous system.
Used by millions of people world-wide, Tapping is well researched. Research shows it reduces and/or eliminates phobia, trauma, anxiety, cravings and addiction, physical symptoms and more. Tapping is used for performance enhancement by professional athletes and dubbed “The most effective psychiatric intervention in my 25 years of practice” by Harvard psychiatrist Eric Leskowitz.
Stressed? | Overwhelmed? | Stuck?
Research shows EFT Tapping can help:
- Reduce anxiety, stress and phobias
- Lower blood pressure and other physical markers
- Reduce cravings and support recovery
- Reduce and resolve trauma
- Facilitate emotional regulation
- Reduce physical pain
- Rapidly process thoughts, feeling and physical sensations
- Improve performance (athletic, academic, career and more)
Once learned, you can do it yourself, on your own, in the privacy of your home, car or office. You can also work with an EFT Tapping Professional for more complex issues and for greater support. Once you learn how to Tap safely, you have the tools to take charge of your emotional, mental and physical pain. Get ‘unstuck.’ Feel better. Move forward.
EFT Tapping for Trauma
We all experience various forms of trauma in our lives. These range from day-to-day interpersonal interactions that leave their mark on us, to large disastrous events that we all recognize easily. Regardless, the impact trauma has on our lives is considerable. By reprocessing thoughts, feelings and experiences with Tapping, we eliminate the distress associated with them once and for all. We lessen the overall stress on our nervous system, improve multiple physical symptoms, strengthen our immune system and clear the way to allow our bodies and minds to function with less activation, hyperarousal and less ‘clutter’ to weigh us down.
How Does EFT Work?
Research and clinical experience with EFT Tapping shows the following actions at work:
- Imaginal Exposure – Placing yourself in a memory with your imagination.
- Acupressure – Tapping on specific points in the body that move energy rapidly.
- Somatic, Emotional and Cognitive Activation (CNS Activation) – Causing the flow of sensations, feelings and thoughts.
- Amygdala/Prefrontal Cortex Rewiring & Deactivation – Relaxing and slowing the fight, flight freeze part of the brain.
- Information Processing & Reprocessing – Experiencing and re-experiencing information.
- Cognitive Restructuring – The forming of new/different thoughts.
- Memory Re-consolidation – The completion or changing of memories to accommodate new awareness.
- Eye Movement and Reprocessing – Eye movements are associated with brain function.
Most of us are familiar with one or more of these mechanisms. Tapping (EFT) elegantly combines all of these into a seamless and intuitive process that is simple to learn. We may incorporate EFT Tapping into as much of our work together as you like in order to achieve as much relief as quickly as possible. EFT Tapping Intensives are available as “individualized workshops” to achieve much progress in a short period of time.
If you have any questions about EFT Tapping, please feel free to email me.
The Science of Tapping
In a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of fifty veterans diagnosed with PTSD, 86% of them no longer met the criteria for PTSD after only 6 sessions with EFT. These results were sustained at 3 and 6 month follow ups. This study has been repeated with similar results.
Other studies reveal a dramatic reduction in participants’ cortisol levels (down 24-49%) after Tapping. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates the stress in our bodies and contributes to the disease process.
To date there are over 100 studies on EFT. The American Psychological Association approves Energy Medicine (including EFT Tapping) for their members’ Continuing Education. They do not, however, approve Tapping as an ‘evidence-based’ therapy approach, in spite of the fact that EFT meets the APA’s definition of “evidence-based.” For this reason, please note that EFT Tapping is considered an “experimental” modality by the APA. I encourage you to try Tapping with a professional and to make your own determination about the relief it may offer you. I also encourage you to read the research at EFT International’s Research Page.
EFT Tapping Trainer
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia and an approved Telehealth provider in Florida. I am also an EFT Tapping Trainer certified by EFT International. My years of mentoring include work with Ann Adams, LCSW (GA) and Jondi Whitis, Master Trainer of Trainers (GA), both of EFT International. My training also includes work with Steven Kessler, LMFT (CA), Valerie Lis (MN), Dale Paula Teplitz (CA), and Nancy Gnecco, LPC (GA).
Tapping has truly transformed my therapy practice and the lives of my clients. And, for me, that is the bottom line.