Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping)
What is EFT Tapping?
Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT Tapping, is a combination of 8 well-accepted mechanisms in psychology that facilitates rapid emotional, cognitive, and physical processing of distressing feelings, thoughts and memories. EFT is an effective treatment for anxiety that works by calming the nervous system and resulting in emotional regulation. It is also an effective technique for reducing or eliminating phobias, sometimes very quickly. EFT is also effective for resolving traumatic experiences, once and for all.
We all experience various forms of trauma in our lives. From day-to-day interactions that leave their mark on us, to large event “capital T” traumas that we all recognize easily. And the impact trauma can have on our lives is considerable. By reprocessing distressing thoughts, feelings and experiences, we can eliminate the stress on your nervous system once and for all and help you live on the other side of it.
Tapping can be a very effective coping skill. But it isn’t just about feeling better in the moment. It is about resolving sources of distress once and for all. In fact, Harvard Medical School Psychiatrist Eric Leskowitz, MD, says it’s “the most powerful intervention I’ve encountered in 25 years of work.” Meanwhile, world renowned trauma researcher Bessel van der Kolk, MD, has said, “I could not do my trauma work without Tapping.”
No wonder millions of people have taken notice. EFT Tapping works.
So How Does EFT Tapping Work?
- Imaginal Exposure
- Somatic, Emotional and Cognitive Activation (CNS Activation)
- Amygdala/Prefrontal Cortex Rewiring & Deactivation
- Information Processing & Reprocessing
- Cognitive Restructuring
- Memory Re-consolidation and
- Eye Movement and Reprocessing
Chances are good that you’ve had some exposure to some of these approaches. Tapping elegantly comines all of these into a seamless and intuitive process that anyone can learn. We can incorporate EFT into as much of our work as you like, in order to provide you with as much relief as quickly as possible. EFT Tapping Intensives are available for anyone wanting an “individualized workshop” approach to achieve as much progress as possible in a half-day format.
If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to email me.
Scientific Research Regarding EFT Tapping
In a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of fifty veterans diagnosed with PTSD, 86% of them no longer met criteria for this diagnosis after only 6 sessions with EFT. (You can read the story of RM here in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.) Further, the participants in this study sustained these results at 3 and 6 month rechecks.
Another study measured a dramatic reduction in participants’ cortisol levels (down 24-50%) after Tapping. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates stress in our bodies and contributes to the disease process. This is a dramatic reduction in our body’s stress hormone levels, requiring no invasive procedures. That you can do on your own.
These are just two of many studies yielding compelling results. I encourage you to read more at EFT International’s Research Page, where you can choose the topics that interest you most via the dropdown menu.
Advanced EFT Practitioner and EFT Tapping Trainer
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia, an approved Telehealth provider in Florida, and an EFT Tapping Trainer (NQT) certified by EFT International. It has been my pleasure to have been mentored in EFT by master level trainers including the originator of the first-ever training program in EFT Tapping, Ann Adams. Furthermore, I am proud to host workshops, trainings, and other EFT activities on a regular basis.
Be on the lookout for our upcoming announcements and your chance to get involved. We look forward to joining forces with you and your organization and contributing to the well-being of our local community with EFT.