The Emotional Freedom Technique

   EFT Information Pack    
(UPDATED 2nd of June 2014 - REFRESH if not visited recently).
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Firstly, there is an Introduction to EFT.  This is followed by the EFT Information Pack plus there is a brief overview of the EFT workshops and links to some of the scientific studies on EFT's effectiveness. 

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   An introduction to EFT  

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a remarkably flexible and effective emotional clearing technique.  Private one-on-one sessions with experienced EFT practitioners or coaches are available and there are also EFT workshops (from beginner to advanced to professional) for those who want to learn EFT.  Once learnt, the basic EFT tapping technique can immediately be self-applied.

The Emotional Freedom Technique can address things like a negative feeling or emotion, a limiting belief, a personal worry, a painful memory, or similar.  It can sometimes be used to lessen physical pain or discomfort and has a surprising success rate in that context.  The motto of EFT is to "try it on everything" as it's been effective with such a wide variety of issues.

The main part of the EFT tapping technique involves tapping on (stimulating with finger tips) some specific acupressure points while (at the same time) tuning in to a negative feeling, belief, issue or memory, quite often with amazing results.  It is helpful to be in tune with or mindful of what is currently being "tapped on".

Positive changes are often experienced quite rapidly, however, some issues require persistence and repeated applications of EFT to get lasting results (which is especially the case when an issue is long-term and complex).

When having a one-on-one private EFT session with an experienced EFT practitioner/coach/therapist, participation and involvement by the person having the session is required.  It's very much a team activity. The client is actually doing his/her own emotional healing with the help of the EFT practitioner, therapist or coach, whose role is primarily to guide, facilitate and support the client to connect with and evoke natural healing processes.

The basic EFT tapping technique is easy to learn (in less than an hour or two) and is easy to use.  It can be learnt in a private session with an EFT practitioner/coach/therapist and/or learnt much more comprehensively by doing a full one-day introductory EFT workshop.  From then on, EFT can be used immediately with things like current negative emotions, feelings or worries that pop up or are encountered in day-to-day living (or between sessions if having sessions with an EFT practitioner or coach).

A useful analogy in the EFT world is to liken a problem to "a forest" that is made up of "trees". The "trees" of a problem are referred to as the "aspects" or components that together make up that problem. Some forests have more "trees" than others.  Some problems only have a few "aspects" or contributing factors and may be very easy to resolve. Whereas, at the other extreme, some issues are complex, long-term and multi-layered (stacked up over the years) and require systematically tapping on the problem and being more specific by locating and tapping on its key aspects.

The concept of aspects is very important and very useful. EFT practitioners know and understand this and are trained to accept the reality of a particular issue, roll up their sleeves and systematically get to work with the client.

EFT actually stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (plural).  The same basic EFT tapping technique is used by and is part of all of the other EFT techniques which are special-purpose techniques.  For example, the Movie Technique is one of the EFT techniques used to resolve painful memories. When using the Movie Technique, each one of the negative emotions or feelings or intense moments in a particular painful event "get tapped on" separately (using the same simple EFT tapping technique each time) to reduce their intensity and dissolve the negative energy. It can be utterly amazing to observe and experience this happening.

EFT is an invaluable tool to have for use in the journey of life (with its various ups and downs) and for personal growth and development.

The EFT Information Pack      

The PDF documents that make up the EFT Information Pack are listed below.

   A very brief Overview of EFT  (55 KB). 

   What is the Emotional Freedom Technique? (74 KB).  A more detailed 'Introduction to EFT' and its theory
   plus some information on its uses, private sessions and workshops.

   Endorsements of EFT (one page, 45 KB).  It includes endorsements of EFT from some well known authors
   in the fields of personal growth or emotional healing, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Donna Eden, and others.

   "Emotional Rescue" (one page, 558 KB). An article on EFT published in The Australian newspaper in August 2007.

   The NEXT (advertised) Introductory EFT Workshop known as Level 1 (one page flier, 45 KB). This A4 document gives
   DETAILS about the one-day introductory Level 1 EFT workshop including description, date, times and venue.
   It gets updated from time to time when the date and/or venue change.

    A more detailed look at EFT (40 KB) that seeks to answer the questions "What actually is EFT?" and "Why does it work?"
   and "Where's the proof?"  There's a lot more to EFT than just the tapping!

   EFT Training  

There are several options available for learning EFT. There are three main EFT workshops (Levels 1 to 3) that teach EFT techniques and skills from beginner to user and then (for some) on to advanced and professional. The Levels 1 and 2 workshops are recommended for everyone and anyone who wants to learn EFT (including those who will only be self-applying it).

The Level 1 workshop teaches the fundamentals of EFT and the full EFT tapping technique plus how to use it (and more). It's a sound starting point and just about anyone can do it as the tapping technique not complicated.

The Level 2 workshop introduces some more EFT techniques and vital skills that are important and how to work with long-term issues. These two workshops together form the foundation for all EFT applications and developments.

The Level 3 workshop is suitable for those who are keen to develop their EFT skills to a higher level, including people who are serious about their own personal growth. The Level 3 workshop is essential for those who will be using EFT professionally or semi-professionally.

There is also an introduction to the Basics of Counselling workshop to provide those using EFT with a deeper understanding of what counselling is and how to establish and build a functional connection with a client.

For serious or professional EFT practitioners, there are Certification Programs for both Levels 2 and 3.

There are also several advanced special-purpose EFT workshops (that all have Level 2 as the pre-requisite).

More detailed information (with dates): Click on the link to display a diagrammatic Overview of the workshops  and/or  a Schedule and Summary of the various EFT workshops with more details (and links to the individual workshops). 

   Scientific studies  

Evidence of effectiveness:  In November 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a summation of numerous validated studies showing the effectiveness of the Emotional Freedom Technique.  This was a significant step towards becoming fully accepted in the mainstream.  It has taken years to get to this point and there's lots more to be done (and is being done).

More validation of efficacy:  In May 2013, the same article was published again but in Psychology Progress which reports developments in psychology.  Quote: “Psychology Progress alerts the scientific community to breaking journal articles considered to represent the best in psychology research."  David Feinstein, author of the document, was informed by the Vice President of Psychology Progress that "... the Psychology Progress team has identified your recent publication, "Acupoint Stimulation in Treating Psychological Disorders: Evidence of Efficacy" as a significant contributor in the study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is of special interest to progress in the psychology field."

EFT and War Veterans:  In February 2013, the prestigious Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, the oldest peer-reviewed psychiatry journal in North America, published an extensive study on the use of EFT with War Veterans (all of whom had PTSD). The results were outstanding.  EFT is phenomenally effective with painful memories and traumas.

The Effect of EFT on Stress Biochemistry:  The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease also published a study that examined the changes in cortisol levels (which relate to degrees of stress) and psychological distress symptoms of 83 nonclinical subjects.  Subjects were randomly assigned to three groups and EFT was used with one of the groups.  Salivary cortisol assays were performed immediately before and 30 minutes afterwards. The EFT group experienced a significant decrease in cortisol level and the decrease mirrored the observed improvement in psychological distress.

International research:  Studies have been done that repeatedly show the effectiveness of EFT some of which are mentiond above.  Research on acupoint stimulation (mostly applications of EFT) has been carried out in seven countries with over fifty studies published so far and results have been published in peer-reviewed journals.  On this web site, the abbreviation "EP" refers to Energy Psychology and EFT is the most successfully studied of the "energy techniques" that come under this general heading.

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Thank you for visiting my web site and I hope it inspires you to find out more about EFT. It's a wonderful emotional healing and personal growth tool.

Peter Graham, certified EFT Master, EFT Cert-Honors and certified EFT Trainer    Peter Graham, EFT CertHonors

Last updated: 2nd of June 2014.

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