Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of therapy that addresses all aspects of the problem: mental and emotional as well as physical. For example, noticing a heaviness in the heart when expressing sadness, or tightness in the stomach when speaking of anxious feelings. All of the above reflects the state of our nervous system. We tap on acupressure points on the body and focus on the emotions while talking about the problem.
In EFT, we process negative feelings by noticing the limitations, patterns and beliefs held in our subconscious mind. We notice and acknowledge emotions, thoughts and beliefs including the corresponding physiological sensations.
Combining the physical benefits of acupressure with the cognitive and linguistic benefits of conventional talk therapy, EFT is a mind-body modality that is safe, gentle, and non-invasive.
EFT is also known as ‘tapping’ because we tap on and stimulate various pressure points on the face, collarbone and hands as we verbalise our thoughts and feelings. We use EFT to work with any area of life that is currently difficult, to alleviate psychological concerns and to find calm and harmony in the mind and body.
EFT is a treatment modality that is growing in popularity among counsellors and therapists in the field of psychology due to the speed with which improvements in clients are perceived and the enhanced effectiveness in the treatment of complex issues (Feinstein, 2021).