What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a very powerful type of therapy that can help people to change their lives. Bernadette has found that it often works much faster than regular “talk therapy” in helping clients overcome problems, and causes much less emotional upset and distress. It helps clients set and achieve their goals much more easily as it works quickly to overcome fears and limiting beliefs.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also called Energy Psychology or Tapping. It combines aspects from Psychology and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been used successfully for thousands of years (and is often ignored by Western Medicine). EFT could be described as “acupressure for the emotions”.
Watch this short introductory video to learn about how EFT works and its benefits.
Benefits of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Natural and Drug-Free
- Quick and Easy for Clients to Learn and Use At Home
- Beginners Often Get Great Results
- Works Fast
- Long Lasting Results
- Less Emotional Upset/Distress
EFT has been successfully used to
- Increase Self Esteem and Confidence
- Reduce stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression
- Release painful emotions from events in the past, so people can move forward in their lives
- Overcome Fears and Phobias
- Set and Achieve Goals
- Overcome Grief
- Release the Effects of Abuse and Trauma (PTSD)
- Reduce Physical Pain and Some Physical Symptoms
How Does EFT Work?
We all have invisible lines of energy (or electricity) running through our bodies. Painful emotional experiences can block the energy meridians and cause us to hold on to the painful emotions long term. This can cause unconscious negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It can cause us to sabotage our success– in relationships, work and life in general. The blockages can also create physical changes in the body, including stress, physical pain and illness.
To release the painful emotions and help the client move forward in their life, we need to clear the energy blockages, Bernadette teaches the client how to use their fingertips to gently tap on specific points on the body, while they focus on the upsetting emotions or events. They do this until relief is obtained. This often only takes a few minutes. As the energy blockages are cleared, the negative beliefs are changed and painful emotions are released, often permanently. The body is then better able to heal itself of any physical stress and symptoms as well.
While it is very easy for beginners to learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and to get good results, there is also an “art” of applying EFT, which the practitioner develops through experience. For more serious issues such as depression, trauma, abuse and chronic diseases, Bernadette advises that it is best to consult an experienced EFT practitioner rather than doing it on your own.
Bernadette is secretary of EFT Australian Practitioners, which meets regularly to support EFT practitioners and to promote EFT. Details www.eftap.com.au
Research on Emotional Freedom Technique
Research on the effectiveness of EFT is being conducted around the world. There have been many research studies performed as well as thousands of case studies. Research studies on EFT have been published in several well known journals. EFT Practitioners are working towards getting EFT accepted as a valid, evidence based therapy by psychologists and medical practitioners. In 2012, the American Psychological Society accepted EFT for continuing professional education for their members.
A Sample of Research Studies on EFT
- One study found that EFT significantly reduced levels of the stress hormone Cortisol.
- Several studies have found that EFT is a fast and effective treatment in helping war veterans overcome post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- A 1 hr self intervention using EFT provided an immediate decrease in psychological distress, pain, and cravings in 216 health care workers.
If you would like to read the research on the effectiveness of EFT, please go to www.eftuniverse.com
www.stressproject.org (war veterans with PTSD in USA)