Emotional Freedom Technique
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a stress-reduction tool that involves tapping on acupuncture points while focusing our attention on a specific challenge. Once you learn EFT, you can use it on your own whenever you wish.
EFT is an evidence-based tool used for anxiety, panic attacks, physical pain, negative thought patterns, phobias, depression, PTSD, and trauma resolution.
I use it often with my clients to navigate overwhelming emotions, daily stress and tension, inner criticism, and alcohol/drug cravings. It can be helpful for those who get caught up in spinning thoughts or for folks with ADD/ADHD who have a hard time focusing or being still.
EFT is an active tool and has three parts:
1. Tapping on a series of acupuncture points. Through tapping, we are engaging the body through self-soothing action.
2. Focusing on a specific issue.
3. Engaging the heart as we offer ourselves compassion and acceptance within our experience.
It is a self-soothing tool that helps us slow down, simplify our thoughts, and feel safe within ourselves. EFT can both produce a calm, meditative state and allows us to explore the many layers of our experience.
EFT Universe has been instrumental in supporting and conducting peer-reviewed research studies over the last 10 years.
EFT helps to regulate the production of cortisol (a main stress hormone) and intervene on the flight or fight response. These studies have shown EFT to neutralize and resolve PTSD symptoms in trauma survivors. EFT has also been linked to a reduced anxiety, depression, physical pain, and all types of cravings. You can explore the scientific research of clinical EFT here.