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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT is one of the 20 interventions belonging to the school of energy psychology (EP) which emerged in the 1990’s. The fundamental basis for EP relies on such psychological tenets such as the role of the conditioned response and early childhood experiences on adult functioning, with the stimulation of energy points. EP argues that “stimulating” energy points on the skin, paired with specific mental activity, can instantly shift the brains biochemistry (Feinstein 2005). EFT as it is now known was first developed by Garry Craig (an NLP practitioner) from the study of “Thought Field Therapy” (TFT) which was originally developed and described by Roger Callaghan in the 1980’s.

EFT is a non-invasive meridian therapy technique whereby individuals tap on specific areas of the body, using their fingers in place of needles used in traditional acupuncture. Acupuncture points have been shown to have significantly lower electrical resistance than other areas of the skin and lowered activation signals in the amygdale have been demonstrated following stimulation of specific acupuncture points. The EFT points are predominately found on the face, two on the torso and the remainder on the fingers and hands.

What can EFT be used for?

Guilt and shame
Generalised anxiety disorder
Phobia and social phobia
Panic disorder
Low self-esteem
Physical pain
Trauma relief
Weight loss



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