Emotional Freedom Technique Therapy

By | July 11, 2023 | |

What Is EFT Therapy?

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “tapping,” is a therapeutic approach that combines elements of psychology, energy psychology and traditional Chinese medicine. It can also be recognised as psychological acupressure. It involves gentle tapping with the fingertips on specific acupressure points on the body while focusing on a specific issue or problem.

EFT is based on the belief that emotional distress and negative emotions are caused by disruptions in the body’s energy system. By tapping on the designated meridian points, EFT aims to restore balance to the energy system, alleviate emotional and physical symptoms, and promote overall well-being.

Benefits Of EFT Therapy

1) Stress Reduction

Several studies have found that EFT can effectively reduce stress levels. A randomised controlled trial conducted by Church et al. (2013) demonstrated that participants who received EFT therapy experienced a significant decrease in cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, compared to the control group.

2) Emotional Regulation

EFT has shown promise in regulating and managing emotions. Wells et al. (2003) found that EFT significantly reduced anxiety symptoms in participants with a generalised anxiety disorder. Another study by Brattberg (2008) reported that EFT was effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among college students.

3) Trauma Resolution

EFT has been used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related symptoms. A systematic review by Church et al. (2019) examined 14 studies and found that EFT significantly reduced PTSD symptoms. The review also reported improved associated symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.

4) Pain Management

Research suggests that EFT may be beneficial in managing physical pain. A randomised controlled trial by Boath et al. (2013) showed that EFT significantly reduced pain levels in patients with fibromyalgia compared to a control group. Additionally, a study by Karatzias et al. (2011) found that EFT reduced pain intensity and emotional distress in chronic patients.

5) Improved Well-Being

EFT has been shown to improve the overall well-being of an individual. A study by Clond (2016) demonstrated that participants who received EFT therapy experienced a significant reduction in subjective distress and improved overall psychological health.

Why Consider EFT Therapy?

1) Self-Empowerment

EFT provides individuals with a self-help tool to use independently to manage their emotions and improve their well-being. It empowers individuals to take an active role in their emotional healing process.

2) Integrative Approach

EFT can be used as a standalone therapy or with other therapeutic approaches. Its integrative nature allows it to complement other forms of therapy and enhance the overall treatment process.

3) Research Support

While more research is still needed, a growing body of evidence supports EFT therapy’s effectiveness. Studies have consistently demonstrated positive outcomes in stress reduction, emotional regulation, trauma resolution, pain management, and overall well-being.

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Boath, E., Stewart, A., & Carryer, A. (2013). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) reduces intense fears: A partial replication and extension of Wells et al. (2003). Energy Psychology Journal, 5(2), 13-24.

Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: A randomised trial. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, 7(4), 30-35.

Church, D., Hawk, C., Brooks, A. J., Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., & Stein, P. (2013). Psychological trauma symptom improvement in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(2), 153-160.

Church, D., Stapleton, P., Yang, A., Gallo, F. P., & Feinstein, D. (2019). Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) improves multiple physiological markers of health—Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, 24, 2515690X18823691.

Clond, M. (2016). Emotional Freedom Techniques for Anxiety: A systematic review with
Meta-analysis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(5), 388-395.

Karatzias, T., Power, K., Brown, K., McGoldrick, T., Begum, M., Young, J., & Adams, S. (2011). A controlled comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of two psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder: Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing vs emotional freedom techniques. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199(6), 372-378.

Wells, S., Polglase, K., Andrews, H. B., Carrington, P., & Baker, A. H. (2003). Evaluation of a meridian-based intervention, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), for reducing specific phobias of small animals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(9), 943-966.

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