‘EFT’ is short for Emotional Freedom Technique (that’s a pretty good name for it, isn’t it). It is perhaps the most widely used Energy Psychology strategy in the world today. It is simple to do and learn and can help with many kinds of negative feelings, such as: stress, fear, depression, anxiety and even some types of pain. It can also be used to work through some emotional blockages, for example to improve ones self confidence or achieve personal growth.
‘EFT’ is a technique which has developed overtime since the 1990’s. It is based on the body’s meridian system as known in acupuncture. The early origins of this strategy began with a psychologist who was working in Northern California. Dissatisfied with the progress of one of his patients, he turned to the acupuncture books and discovered a way to tap and massage certain points on the body while repeating a special series of words and phrases.
The image to our left shows the various spots on the body that are included in the tapping sequence.
The often rapid changes in state seem unbelievable to psychologists and therapists who were used to strategies taking much longer to affect change.
The method has gained much more widespread acceptance and in fact, more and more research is being gathered to show the scientific evidence of its effectiveness.
EFT is one of the many varieties of energy psychology strategies.
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Written by: Gail Weissert, LCSW – gweissert.com. Gail is a psychotherapist on the Eastern Shore of Maryland who uses this technique in her practice frequently.