Frequently Asked Questions about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)


EFT shares constructs and strategies with cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) such as exposure, desensitisation, and cognitive reframing.

Procedurally it is very similar to EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a therapy also developed within a cognitive-behavioural framework.
EFT includes aspects of acupressure, talk therapy and modern psycho-therapeutic tools like NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). The affirmations used in EFT are derived from NLP, and the 9 gamut procedure is similar to the process used in EMDR.
EFT also includes statements on self-acceptance – in therapy, the way we talk to ourselves is one of the most important tools in changing thought and behaviour patterns.

It is completely safe and there are no known negative side effects.

Distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. EFT requires a complete focus on the problem or issue throughout the session. The actual words of the client’s presenting problem are used during the process and reminder phrases are also used to keep a focus on the specific issue.

Sometimes people are resistant to focusing on the negative while tapping. Either for fear of feeling the feeling, or fearing this will attract more negativity or some other similar reason.

But one is already feeling these feelings. Acknowledging our felt sense is the first step to healing and change. By identifying then vocalising where one is at, one is bringing up that energy in the body and clearing the negative, instead of suppressing and having negative thoughts and beliefs subconsciously run one’s life.

Once we clear the negative blocks, that’s when change happens.

Tapping on points on the body appears to induce a relaxation response.

The tapping points used in EFT have been found to be physical locations on the body, which have a lowered electrical resistance to conductivity and have a high proportion of mechanoreceptors. Mechanoreceptors are specialised receptors that respond to mechanical stimuli such as tapping, massaging or holding. Stimulation of some of these points is found to send electrochemical impulses to areas of the brain that govern fear and the stress response (as demonstrated in fMRI studies). The impulses seem to reduce the stress response in these limbic and cortical regions, introducing calm and coherent emotional responses.

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