Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books

What Is It?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a proven energy psychology method used extensively by doctors, therapists, and psychologists worldwide. EFT is like an emotional version of acupuncture and works by stimulating energy points on the surface of the skin (by tapping on them) which, when paired with specific psychological procedures, can realign the body’s energy system. Unlike other energy healing methods, EFT incorporates an emotional element to the healing process, addressing unresolved emotional issues as a likely cause of physical disease, psychological dysfunction, and personal performance limits. It was originally designed to revolutionize the psychotherapy profession by reducing treatment time from years or months down to hours or minutes.

How Does It Work?
How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) works as well and dependably as it does is explained within the discovery statement or fundamental premise of EFT. This concept is the starting point of understanding how EFT reduces emotional stress:

"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."

This energy system is the same one associated with the ancient healing art of acupuncture, called chi. Chi energy travels within and over the body in 14 clearly described channels, pathways or meridians. Another principle of acupuncture that applies to EFT is that any disease, pain or disturbance of the body is caused by a disruption of chi energy. As such, negative emotions like anxiety, fear, anger, a phobia of any kind, and so on, are also caused by a disturbance in one or more chi energy meridians.


What Happens During Treatment?
The mechanics of EFT itself are quite easy. The challenging part is the detective work the practitioner undertakes. It's important to find the core issue’ of the problem, which may not be what the individual presents with. The practitioner will spend some time finding out about your problem and asking questions to determine where it might have originated. EFT is performed by focusing on the emotion or belief, whilst tapping on certain meridian points on the head, upper body and hands. Some practitioners tap directly on their clients, while others tap on themselves and get the client to follow them.

EFT bypasses the process of talking extensively about past traumas, which may reinforce the negative experience. Instead, they make use of visualization or verbal statements to reframe problems, accompanied by specific meridian tapping routines. This combination of recall of past traumas, coupled with physical stimulation, has been found by thousands of ordinary people, as well as physicians, therapists and psychiatrists, to produce startling and permanent relief of the emotional charge associated with the events.


What Is it Used For?
EFT has shown impressive improvements in a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to, those listed below:

• Fears and phobias
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Traumatic memories
• Anxiety
• Panic attacks
• Sexual abuse
• Pain management
• Depression and burnout
• Anger
• Guilt
• Resentment
• Relationship or love pain
• Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
• Weight Loss
• Eating disorders
• Addictions
• Allergies
• Self worth/self esteem
• Sports performance and Scholastic performance
• Business performance and Personal performance
• Blocks to success
• And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues

Side Effects and Cautions
There are a couple of side effects to EFT, but they are both good. Often when working on one problem another seemingly unrelated problem can disappear entirely. Another side effect is that when working on emotional problems physical problems can lessen or disappear.

In very rare cases people can have an ‘abreaction’ which means they feel worse. In the hands of an experienced practitioner this is not a problem as they will know exactly how to deal with it. It's really only a problem when doing EFT on yourself, or with someone inexperienced, and a big, deep rooted issue arises that you are unable to deal with.

Recommended Books
• The Genie in Your Genes - Dr Dawson Church
• The promise of energy psychology: revolutionary tools for dramatic personal change - David Feinstein, Donna Eden, Gary Craig
• Anything by Gary Craig

Information provided by:
Karen Degen
Health, Happiness and Success Coach, EFT Practitioner
T (03) 332 0526 M 027 678 5943


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