What is EFT ?

What is EFT and Why is it Helpful?

Do you find that the same patterns keep repeating in your life, despite the self-growth work that you’ve done to get past them?

Do you feel like you are focusing on what you want, yet you keep manifesting the same old thing?

What if you could release painful experiences that seem to recirculate in your physical and emotional body with an easy and straightforward tool?

Are you ready to explore a modality that will help you make the quantum leap to a new way of being, in a way that is both gentle and profound?

EFT may be just what you are looking for. Watch this short video by EFT founder, Gary Craig.

Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.

In many cases, EFT can be applied directly to physical symptoms for relief without exploring any emotional contributors.

However, for the most powerful, longest lasting results with EFT, we do expect to identify and target related emotional issues.

The EFT premise also includes the understanding that the more unresolved emotional issues you can clear, the more peace and emotional freedom you will have in your life. The Personal Peace Procedure is the tool you need to get there … limiting beliefs can vanish, personal performance can soar, relationships can thrive, and vibrant physical health can be yours. If we’re being realistic, everyone on this planet has at least a few emotional issues holding them back from pure, limitless happiness.

With that in mind, EFT can be an ongoing process that we use to clear out the old traumas, and welcome any new challenges with a healthy, productive attitude. The core EFT instruction in this Tutorial will start with the basic tapping process and take you all the way to the Personal Peace Procedure. We welcome anyone and everyone to use these tools for as much peace and freedom as they can imagine.

The Energy Psychology Research Literature

Energy Psychology has proven to be an effective means of working with many different types of problems, including, but not limited to, over-reaction to certain people and circumstances, negative mood states, chronic pain, fear around taking tests, public speaking, etc., cravings of various types and even physical problems rooted in, or aggravated by negative emotions. Over 20 randomized, controlled trials using EFT have been carried out to date.
I’ve provided three recent abstracts from the EFT research literature below:

Psychological Trauma Symptom Improvement in Veterans Using Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Church, D., Hawk, C., Brooks, AJ.,Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., Stein, Phyllis, P. (2013). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(2), 153-160.

This study looked at the effects of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on veterans’ PTSD symptoms. Fifty-nine participants who met the clinical criteria for PTSD were recruited through online announcements and referrals from clinicians, and randomized to treatment and control groups. The treatment group received six one-hour EFT sessions over a month in conjunction with their standard mental health treatment. A significant (p < 0.001) difference was found in clinical criteria, with 89.7% of EFT participants no longer meeting clinical criteria for PTSD at the end of treatment, and 79.5% at six months following treatment. There was also a significant (p < 0.0001) improvement in all symptoms at the end of treatment and three month and six-month follow-ups.

The Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Church, Dawson PhD; Yount, Garret PhD†; Brooks, Audrey J. PhD
Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: October 2012 – Volume 200 – Issue 10 – p 891–896doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31826b9fc1.

This study examined the changes in cortisol levels and psychological distress symptoms of 83 nonclinical subjects receiving a single hour-long intervention. Subjects were randomly assigned to either an emotional freedom technique (EFT) group, a psychotherapy group receiving a supportive interviews (SI), or a no treatment (NT) group. Salivary cortisol assays were performed immediately before and 30 minutes after the intervention. Psychological distress symptoms were assessed using the symptom assessment-45. The EFT group showed statistically significant improvements in anxiety (−58.34%, p< 0.05), depression (−49.33%, p< 0.002), the overall severity of symptoms (−50.5%, p< 0.001), and symptom breadth (−41.93%, p< 0.001). The EFT group experienced a significant decrease in cortisol level (−24.39%; SE, 2.62) compared with the decrease observed in the SI (−14.25%; SE, 2.61) and NT (−14.44%; SE, 2.67) groups (p< 0.03). The decrease in cortisol levels in the EFT group mirrored the observed improvement in psychological distress.

Feinstein, D. (2012). Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy. Review of GeneralPsychology, 16, 364-380.doi:10.1037/a0028602.

The stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints) as a component of psychotherapytraces to psychologist Roger Callahan’s formulation of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in the1970s (Callahan & Callahan, 1996). Variations of Callahan’s original protocols havesubsequently been introduced under the umbrella term “energy psychology,” with the mostpopular and widely practiced of these being “EFT” or EmotionalFreedom Techniques (Craig,2011).

Most psychotherapists utilizing acupoint stimulation integrate the procedure into theirown psychological framework and methods (Mayer, 2009). Acupoint stimulation can also beapplied on a self-help basis, and practitioners routinely recommend to their clients that thetechnique be used as homework as well as in the treatment setting. Reports of unusual speed, range, and durability of clinical outcomes by practitioners utilizing an energy psychology approach have been provocative (Feinstein, 2009a).

Proponents assert that the stimulation of selected acupoints simultaneous with the mental activation of targeted psychological issues is a major clinical breakthrough while skeptics counter that the reported outcomes are improbable and certainly have not been substantiated with adequate data or established mechanisms of action. This paper will review the claims leading to this controversy and consider current empirical evidence bearing upon them. Accessible in full text at http://www.innersource.net/ep/

In December of 2015, ACEP Executive Director Robert Schwartz had this to say about the demonstrated efficacy of Energy Psychology:

“Energy psychology has over 60 published studies in refereed journals, 20 RCTs, with 98+% of findings supporting the efficacy of energy psychology. Of the studies looking at follow-up from 3 months to 2 years, 100% found that the gains held. There is even a meta-analysis showing medium effect sizes. In a world of over 400 therapies, most of which have no research, these findings place energy psychology in the top 10% of all therapies in terms of research on effectiveness.”

The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) maintains an energy psychology research database. You can access it at www.energypsych.org under resources.

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