Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
The basic premise of EFT is that negative emotions are the result of disruption in the flow of energy and information in the system. EFT is an evidence-based, holistic, energy-based therapeutic modality that involves both mind and body designed to restore energy flow and resolve “stuck” states and reduce or resolve negative emotion. EFT, often referred to as “tapping,” incorporates gentle tapping on the body’s meridian acupressure points.
Who would benefit from EFT?
- Individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression.
- Individuals suffering with phobias.
- Individuals who have experienced past trauma, including major trauma, or a series of smaller traumas.
- Individuals seeking improvement in their business or academic performance.
- Individuals seeking to change behaviors related to physical health (i.e., diet, exercise).
- Any individual wanting to live their best life!
What is involved in EFT?
Clients will be asked about their presenting issue and about past events related to the current issue in a manner designed to avoid re-traumatization. Clients will be taught the tapping points and the therapist will then guide the client through exercises designed to reduce current negative emotions, and to lesson the impact of the memory of any past events that may be contributing to current emotional state. Clients uncomfortable with tapping may be taught an alternative breathing method accompanied by gently massaging the acupressure points. Clients tap on themselves. The therapist will not tap on the client. During EFT sessions the therapist will work to contain excessive emotional responses in a way that clients can best tolerate.
How many sessions are required?
The number of sessions will vary with the client’s presenting issue. Denice recommends 10-12 sessions, but some issues are resolved earlier. Clients often choose to continue EFT for other issues once they realize the benefits they receive!