Firstly, there is a brief Overview of EFT. Then, there is a more detailed Introduction to EFT. This is followed by the EFT Information Pack (of PDF documents) and there's a general overview of the EFT workshops (with access to more information); and, finally, links to some brief summaries of important scientific studies on EFT's effectiveness. Note: If you click on any of these links, you can Go Back (up to here at the top) by just pressing the Backspace Key on the keyboard.
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The Emotional Freedom Techniques (plural) are known as "EFT". However, the main and central part of EFT is simply known as the "EFT tapping technique", which is the most important part of it. There are also some other EFT techniques and each one of them has a special-purpose (such as to resolve a painful memory) and all of them include and make use of "the tapping technique."
EFT can be used to help a person/client to systematically reduce and eliminate negative emotions and feelings, let go of limiting or damaging beliefs, and gradually dissolve emotionally painful events (and more).
When a specific emotion, feeling or sensation (or similar) gets "tapped on", the intensity of it usually reduces and often goes down to zero. However, it usually takes longer when an issue has been around for a long time (and has become more complex).
A fundamental part of EFT is tapping (with finger tips) on a series of particular acupressure points. However, there is more to EFT than just the tapping.
EFT includes: tapping on (stimulating) some specific acupressure points while the person or client is tuned in to (or being mindful of) the relevant emotion or feeling or memory or worry or problem.
During a session, it is usual to establish how intense an emotion/feeling/issue/other is before the tapping begins and then to re-test it afterwards to monitor progress. This is routine during the session as it rolls forward. When an emotion or feeling or sensation reduces to zero, quite often another one spontaneously "sticks its head up", which can then also be "tapped on."
Usually, a long-term issue or problem is made up of a group of related contributors known as the "aspects" or pieces that make up that problem. Some issues only have one or a few aspects (even when it's a long term issue). However, there are usually some issues that have lots of aspects that have been accumulated over long periods. We are as we are and we have what we have!
The original theory of it is that the tapping technique helps to reduce a negative emotion or feeling by directly addressing and clearing blockages in the person’s energy system. It is noteworthy (and interesting) that there are now a number of competing theories these days regarding why EFT works so effectively.
The basic EFT tapping technique is not complicated and it can often be learnt well within two hours, enough for most people to be able to get started and to self-apply it with a current or persisting emotion or feeling. And, of course, it can also be used to help others when practiced and learnt enough (such as on an EFT workshop).
Used correctly, EFT is a very effective tool that has the potential to help resolve emotional issues and thereby improve the quality of our lives and enhance our performances and expand our comfort zones. EFT has many uses. It is very much a valuable tool to have for the journey of life as it supports and enhances personal growth and development.
There is a series of EFT workshops (outlined below) starting from scratch for beginners. Some may ONLY want enough for their own self-applications of EFT and there are those who also want to help others with EFT (but not professionally). Plus, there is more training for those who want to get good or really good at it, and also, there are some others who want to go a lot further and become experienced EFT practitioners. It's a step by step process - and lots of fun!
The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are remarkably flexible and effective emotional clearing techniques. Personal one-on-one sessions with experienced EFT practitioners are available AND there are also EFT workshops (from beginner to advanced to professional) for those who want to learn EFT.
Once learnt, the relatively simple EFT tapping technique can be self-applied.
EFT can effectively address things like negative feelings or emotions, limiting beliefs, personal worries, painful memories, and more. It is sometimes also 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 a wide variety of issues.
The EFT tapping technique involves tapping on (stimulating with finger tips) specific acupressure points while the client is tuned or tuning in to a negative emotion, feeling, belief, issue or memory and expressing or naming it when each "acupoint" is being tapped on. It helps a lot when the client "says it like it feels" (right now) while tapping through the series of acupoints. And, very often, this results in measurable progress.
EFT includes: tapping on (stimulating) some specific acupressure points while (at the same time) tuning into (i.e. being mindful of) a selected emotion (or feeling, issue OR memory) and also saying or expressing how it feels (all the way through).
An important part of EFT is the client tuning in with or being mindful of what is currently being "tapped on" which helps the client to become more present (in "the now") with it - and thus less caught up in the past or the future. This also helps to reduce or eliminate the client's negative or critical "mind chatter" (which occurs when the client is becoming more present).
Positive changes are often experienced quite rapidly. However, some issues require systematic persistence and repeated applications of EFT to get lasting results (which is especially the case when an issue is long-term and complex, where there are many contributing factors that have been "stacked up" over the years (and, now need to be unstacked).
When having a one-on-one private EFT session with an experienced EFT practitioner/therapist/coach, participation by the person having the session is very important. It is very much a team activity. The client is actually doing his/her own emotional healing with the help and guidance 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 fairly easy to learn (usually within one to two hours) and is easy to use. A simple version 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 then be used with something like a current negative emotion, feeling or worry that pops up or are encountered in day-to-day living (or between sessions when having sessions with an EFT practitioner or coach).
Important: 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 or contributors) 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 or realities are complex, long-term and multi-layered (which was stacked up over the years).
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 complex issue, roll up their sleeves and systematically get to work with the client (or themselves if personal).
EFT actually stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (plural). The basic EFT tapping technique can be used all by itself (and very often is) AND the basic EFT tapping technique is also a part of some special-purpose EFT techniques (of which, there are a number).
For example, the "Movie Technique" is one of the EFT special-purpose techniques which is used to resolve painful memories. When the Movie Technique is being used, each negative emotion or feeling or reaction (each one a part of that particular painful event) "gets tapped on" separately (using the basic EFT tapping technique each time) to reduce the intensity of each emotional part of the event, until there is no intensity left. It can be utterly amazing to observe and experience this happening.
The "EFT Info Pack" below includes a more specific description of EFT sessions. And, the three primary EFT Workshops are introduced and outlined further below.
Some displayed (and printable) PDF documents that make up the "EFT Information Pack" are listed below.
What is the Emotional Freedom Technique? (two-pages). An introduction to EFT and its theory
plus some information on its uses, private sessions and available workshops.
Some Endorsements of EFT (one page). 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). An article on EFT published in The Australian newspaper in August 2007.
The NEXT introductory EFT workshop is Level 1 (for beginners or to fill in gaps if self-taught). This (one-page) A4 document
gives DETAILS about the next one-day introductory Level 1 EFT workshop including description, date, times, cost and venue.
It gets updated from time to time when the date(s) and/or venue are changed.
AND, there is a more detailed description of EFT sessions (two-pages) 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!
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).
If you click on the link, it will display a diagrammatic and general Overview of the EFT workshops.
(1) The one-day Level 1 EFT workshop ($195) teaches the fundamentals of EFT and the full EFT tapping technique plus how to use it (and more). It is a sound starting point as the tapping technique is not complicated and it includes learning to self-apply EFT.
(2) The two-day Level 2 EFT workshop ($395) introduces several special-purpose EFT techniques and some vital EFT skills that are very useful, and how to work with long-term or complex issues.
Comment: The above two workshops introduce and thoroughly explore the foundational skills of EFT. Level 2 is very useful for those who will be applying EFT with others and/or self-applying EFT as they will have a comprehensive and useful EFT "tool kit". ALL of the more advanced or professional applications of EFT are built on and depend on the foundational Level 2 training skills.
Note: There are now EFT Practice Sessions for those who have completed Levels 2 or 3 and are serious about developing their skills further (even if only going to self-apply it). EFT is essentially "tools for the job" and practice is required which (gradually) makes a huge difference.
(3)The three-day Level 3 EFT workshop ($495) is suitable for those who are keen to take their EFT skills to a higher level, including those who are mainly serious about their own personal growth. However, it requires a thorough understanding of and familiarity with the Level 2 material to build on. The Level 3 workshop is essential for those who will be using EFT professionally or semi-professionally.
Option: There is also an introduction to the one-and-a-half-day the Basics of Counselling workshop ($275) to provide those using EFT with a deeper understanding of what counselling is and how to establish, build, connect with and maintain functional relationships with people/clients. Being only an introduction, there are no certification. Learning these counselling basics can be very useful when applying EFT with someone and it can be useful in life generally (when someone needs some nurturing or personal assistance).
For those who want to become certified professional EFT Practitioners, there are extensive and thorough certification programs for both Level 2 and Level 3.
There are also some specific-purpose advanced EFT workshops (and all of them require having attended the Level 2 workshop as a minimum pre-requisite).
International research: Studies have been done that repeatedly show the effectiveness of EFT. Research on acupoint stimulation (which are 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.
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 Techniques. This was a significant and giant 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).
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.
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