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 (EFT documents); plus a very brief overview of the EFT workshops; and links to some of the scientific studies on EFT's effectiveness. 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 Technique (EFT) is an emotional clearing technique that can be used to reduce and eliminate negative emotions and feelings, to let go of limiting beliefs, and to dissolve accumulated emotional pain. This often occurs quite rapidly, but not always as some issues are long-term and complex.
EFT is sometimes called “emotional acupressure” as it includes tapping on a series of specific acupressure points while tuning in to an emotion, feeling, worry, memory, etc.
Based partly on the ancient principles of acupuncture/acupressure (but without needles), the EFT technique gets to the heart of an emotion or feeling by directly addressing and clearing disruptions or blockages in the person’s energy system. EFT is widely used around the world and is prominent in a group of methods known as energy techniques or meridian tapping techniques.
The basic EFT tapping technique can be learnt in about an hour or two, enough to be able to self-apply it. And, it can, of course, also be used with others. Used correctly, it is an effective tool that has the potential to help resolve emotional issues and thereby improve the quality of your life, enhance performance in certain areas of our lives, and to also expand our comfort zones.
EFT has many uses and it is an invaluable tool to learn and have for the journey of life.
The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are a remarkably flexible and effective emotional clearing procedure. 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 relatively simple EFT tapping technique can be self-applied. EFT supports and helps to enhance personal growth and development.
EFT 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 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).
When having a one-on-one private EFT session with an experienced EFT practitioner/therapist/coach, participation by the person having the session is important. 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.
And, see the link below for a more detailed description of EFT.
The 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.
AND, there is a more detailed description of EFT (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!
The NEXT introductory EFT workshop is Level 1 of a training sequence. 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 and/or venue are changed.
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).
(1) The one-day Level 1 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 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 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 depend on and are built 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 workshop ($495) is suitable for those who are keen to take their EFT skills to a higher level, including those who are mainly or only 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.
There is also an introduction to the one-and-a-half-day Basics of Counselling workshop ($275) to provide those using EFT with a deeper understanding of what counselling is and how to establish, build and maintain a functional connection with a client.
For those who want to become serious or professional EFT practitioners, there are certification programs for both Levels 2 and 3.
There are also several special-purpose advanced EFT workshops (and all of them require having attended the Level 2 workshop as a minimum pre-requisite).
More detailed information (with dates): Click on a link to display a simple Diagrammatic Overview of the workshops and/or the Workshop Schedule to outline each workshop (with links to individual workshops for full details).
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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