EFT is an evidence-based therapeutic technique that uses acupressure points to modify the stress response in the body.

A form of therapy that also includes the physiological component of stress, EFT is a powerful therapeutic method based on the premise that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in our subconscious mind. In EFT, we notice and acknowledge emotions, 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 stress, anxiety, anger issues, phobias, low moods, pain – any area of life that is currently difficult, to alleviate psychological concerns and find calm and harmony in the mind and body.

EFT Meridian points and talk therapy
EFT Tapping

How it works:

During your session, you use your fingertips to tap on specific acupressure points as your therapist guides you through the process.

We start by getting specific about the issue that is presenting as a difficulty in your life. It might be an emotion or a particular thought, for example, fear of public speaking, excessive anger or cyclic anxious thoughts.

We work together to put the sensations, thoughts or feelings associated with the issue into words. We use phrases which describe your experience and say them out loud while tapping on meridian points. This allows you to safely notice and experience your emotions. We continue in this manner, clarifying as we go, till the  experienced intensity on the current difficulty is low.

It might seem unconventional to process thoughts and emotions in this way. Usually, our present is informed by our past experience, and EFT helps to work with and resolve underlying layers that may be contributing to current difficulty. Through EFT we connect with more than the mind – we use information (sensations) from the body as well. For example, when you are worried you may experience a racing heart, with sadness, a heaviness in your chest.

Through this simple and effective process, we can acknowledge our current distress and allow clarity and resolution of the issue.

EFT has proven effective with a wide range of both physical and emotional issues. EFT Can Help to:

  • Relieve stress, diminish anxiety and anxious feelings
  • Release and transform painful, uncomfortable feelings like anger, guilt, grief, fear, etc.
  • Process grief and loss
  • Heal the effects of emotional trauma, including PTSD symptoms
  • Diminish cravings for foods and addictive substances
  • Resolve emotional eating and weight issues
  • Address relationship problems
  • Gain clarity to make decisions
  • Relieve symptoms of insomnia
  • Increase self-esteem, self-empowerment and confidence
  • Improve or even eliminate chronic physical discomfort or pain
  • Enhance performance in any area; public speaking, sports, musical, artistic, professional, sexual, etc.
  • Resolve financial blocks
  • Increase energy and productivity
  • Empower children, parents and families
  • Benefit the lives of animals
  • Move us beyond negative, self-limiting thoughts and beliefs toward positive change
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EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs to change for the better, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Tapping as we verbalise the problem allows acknowledgement – a powerful first step towards change and resolution. The technique facilitates awareness and release of uncomfortable feelings like anger, hurt, guilt, fear or grief, which may be negatively impacting our daily lives.

EFT can also be used to help with physical issues, including acute or chronic pain. Our negative experiences and subsequent emotions don’t only affect our mind – they have a profound impact on the brain and body too. EFT works with the psychology of the body, as pain is as much psychological as it is physical [read more here].

Watch a demo of the EFT tapping points

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EFT FAQ (frequently asked questions)
“If you try to change your thoughts by thinking yourself out of them, you’re trying to use the same neural pathways that led you there in the first place. But when you tap, you’re reaching a part of your brain called the midbrain, the emotional brain, the limbic system, the part of your brain that’s all about emotion, all about feeling.” – Dawson Church, PhD