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EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a practical and friendly method that combines gentle finger tapping on specific points of the body with modern psychology. It's often referred to as 'Tapping' or even 'acupuncture without needles' because no needles are involved – just the use of fingertips.
Widely recognized and highly regarded as a psychotherapeutic tool, EFT has gained immense popularity among therapists, as well as medical and mental health professionals in the UK and worldwide. Over 100 studies conducted by more than 60 investigators in more than 10 countries have proven its effectiveness. It has shown remarkable and long-lasting results in treating various conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, PTSD, pain, sleep problems, food cravings, and smoking.
Moreover, EFT Tapping has been found to have positive effects on immunity and even influence gene expression. It can significantly decrease the stress hormone cortisol, promoting overall well-being.
By using EFT Tapping, we can tune in to the negative patterns that surround our uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or troubling memories. As we gently tap on specific pressure points while acknowledging these thoughts and emotions, our aim is to find relief, relaxation, and facilitate healing for the emotional or physical issues that hold us back. Tapping helps free the mind and body from old programs and patterns that keep us stuck. It allows us to let go of negative emotions from the past, ultimately promoting personal growth and transformation.
What is EFT?
Real Change Can Happen
I get great results & have treated adults & young people with a variety of problems including: Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Confidence, Bereavement, Phobias, Insomnia, Trauma (PTSD), Weight-loss, Exam Stress, Addictions…
Our brains are like flexible networks of neural pathways, constantly shaped by our experiences. This phenomenon is known as "neuroplasticity." Each thought and emotion we repeat strengthens a specific neural pathway, while new thoughts create the potential for change. It is through these incremental shifts, with enough repetition, that our brain's functioning can transform. This is how habits and unwanted behaviors often take root.
The power of tapping lies in its ability to reshape these neural pathways. By engaging in tapping, we send a soothing signal to the amygdala, which is responsible for processing emotions. Instead of holding onto negative emotions or the beliefs associated with them, tapping enables us to release them. It allows us to sever the emotional ties or "charge" connected to past negative experiences. Notably, EFT seems to impact not only the amygdala but also the hippocampus, the center of memory.
Excessive levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, can compromise our immune system and negatively impact our physical health. Through the practice of tapping, we can decrease the release of cortisol, promoting a healthier mind-body connection. By freeing ourselves from the emotional burden of past experiences, tapping opens the door to improved well-being and a more positive outlook on life.
How tapping works
Disclaimer: Eve Bednarska is a fully Accredited Practitioner with EFT International. When following any guides on this website to use EFT (tapping) with your own issues, you must accept full responsibility for applying EFT (tapping), and accept full responsibility for your own physical and emotional wellbeing.
If you want to know more about EFT and how it works please do set aside 15 minutes to watch this extremely informative clip in which Dr Peta Stapleton talks in detail about Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT heals emotional problems by literally undoing the damage from the past.
Traditional Psychotherapy vs. The Emotional Freedom Techniques
With traditional talk psychotherapies you gain insights into the causes of your emotional difficulties and the new behaviours you would like to have.
However, you are left needing to use your will power to try to behave in these new healthier ways.
You still feel the internal urges in your "gut" to behave in the old ways.
The result is an ongoing internal struggle between your gut feelings and your will power. This is very hard and progress can be very slow, sometimes taking years or even never.
The EFT Advantage
EFT doesn't have this problem. After working through an issue using EFT, you come out feeling different and you actually are different.
Your gut is no longer telling you to behave in the old unhealthy ways.
New behaviors are now natural because there is no internal struggle–you have changed inside and are a different person around this issue.
The struggle is over.
EFT Research – More Effective and Much Faster
The first large-scale clinical trial of EFT or Tapping Therapy is reported in some detail in Energy Psychology Interactive and summarized here.
Approximately 5,000 patients diagnosed at intake with an anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to an experimental group (EFT) or a control group (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with medication, which is traditionally considered the therapy of choice). Here are the results:
Outcome Comparisons with 5,000 Anxiety Patients at Close of Therapy