What Is (EFT) Emotional Freedom Technique

What Is EFT?

Clearing the Past and Creating the Future

Emotional Freedom Technique is an empirically based therapy treatment that utilizes the felt sense of intensity within the body to process the physicality of how we hold many thoughts and emotions. For instance, common experiences in heartache have strong associations with specific sensations such as muscle tightness in the chest, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity, and shortness of breath. Thoughts and specific traumatic memories can often be held a specific way in relation to how the autonomic nervous system feels. The main component of this type of therapy is the aspect that if we can reduce the physical intensity in the body associated with mental and emotional suffering, it allows for an immediate shift in the way we hold those thoughts and memories. Not only can we use this to truly put down the pain of the past, we can proactively utilize it to bust through internal blocks in moving towards our life goals and dreams.

EFT is a combination of exposure therapy, cognitive set ups, combined with accupressure stimulation in a way that identifies and reduces body intensity. The result is an effective treatment that offers immediate relief to triggers of anxiety, stress, and phobias.

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Does EFT WORK? Well Let’s Look at the Research:

1. 86% of veterans with clinical PTSD are rehabilitated (permanently sub-clinical) after EFT (p < .0001):

Feinstein, D. (2010). Rapid treatment of PTSD: Why psychological exposure with acupoint tapping is effective. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47, 385-402.

Church, D., Hawk, C., Brooks, A., Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., & Stein, P. (2012). Psychological trauma in veterans using EFT: A randomized controlled trial.Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Stein, P., & Brooks, A. (2011). Efficacy of EFT provided by coaches vs. licensed therapists in veterans with PTSD. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 3(1), 31-44.

Church, D., Geronilla, L. & Dinter, I., (2009). Psychological symptom change in veterans after six sessions of EFT: an observational study. International Journal of Healing and Caring, 9(1).

Church, D. (2010). The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT : A pilot protocol. Traumatology, 16(1), 55-65.

2. Pain diminishes by an average of 68% with EFT (p < .001):

Church, D. & Brooks, A. (2010). The effect of a brief EFT self-intervention on anxiety, depression, pain and cravings in healthcare workers. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. 9(4), 40-44.

Karatzias, T., Power, K., Brown, K., McGoldrick, T., Begum, M., Young, J., Loughran, P. Chouliara, Z, & Adams, S. (2011). A controlled comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of two psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder: EMDR vs. EFT. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199(6), 372-378.

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

3. EFT affects the human body as an epigenetic intervention, changing the hormonal, nervous, immune, and neurotransmitter systems:

Church, D., Yount, G., & Brooks, A. (2012). The effect of EFT on stress biochemistry: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. October.

Feinstein, D. & Church, D. (2010). Modulating gene expression through psychotherapy: The contribution of non-Invasive somatic interventions. Review of General Psychology, 14, 283-295.

Lane, J. (2009). Using acupressure as a method of desensitization during psychotherapy: The biochemistry of counterconditioning. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 1(1), 31-44.

Swingle, P. (2010). EFT as an effective adjunctive treatment in the neurotherapeutic treatment of seizure disorders. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 2(1), 27-38.

Church, D. (2011). Your DNA is not your destiny: Behavioral epigenetics and the role of emotions in health. Anti-Aging Medical Therapeutics, 13, 35-42.

4. Depression, anxiety, cravings, and other psychological problems diminish drastically after a brief course of EFT:

Burke, L. (2010). Single session EFT for stress-related symptoms after motor vehicle accidents. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 2(1), 65-72.

Gallo, F. (2009). Energy psychology in rehabilitation: Origins, clinical applications, and theory. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 1(1), 57-72.

Church, D., De Asis, M. A., & Brooks, A. (2010). Brief group intervention using EFT for eepression in college students: A randomized controlled trial. Depression Research & Treatment, 2012.

Stapleton, P., & Sheldon, T. (2011). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus Education Support versus a Meridian-Based Intervention for Food Cravings. Behavior Change, 28(1), 1-16.

5. When delivered to groups of people, online, or by telephone, EFT is effective:

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

Hartung, J., & Stein, P. (2012). Telephone delivery of EFT remediates PTSD symptoms in veterans. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(1), 33-40.

Church, D. & Brooks, A. (2010). A review of the EFT method, research, and application.Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. 9(4), 46-48.

Stone, B., Leyden, L., & Fellows, B. (2009). Energy psychology treatment for posttraumatic stress in genocide survivors in a Rwandan orphanage: A pilot investigation. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 1(1), 73-82.

6. EP provides fast and effective trauma relief in natural and human-caused disasters:

Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy psychology in disaster relief. Traumatology, 14(1), 124-137.

Church, D., Piña, O., Reategui, C., & Brooks, A. (2011). Single session reduction of the intensity of traumatic memories in abused adolescents: A randomized controlled trial.Traumatology, in press.

Lubin, H., & Schneider, T. (2009). Change is possible: EFT with life-sentence and veteran prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 1(1), 83-88.

7. The positive results of EP treatment persist over time:

Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy psychology: a review of the preliminary evidence.Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213.

Palmer-Hoffman, J., & Brooks, A. (2011). Psychological symptom change after group application of EFT. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 3(1), 44-51.

8. EP can save the US economy $65 billion/year:

Church, D. (2010). The economic cost savings of energy psychology treatment. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment. 2(1), 9-12.


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