EFT Tapping Therapy and Free Emotional Freedom Techniques

Nathaniel Brandon, PhD
author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
"The techniques of EP have provided me with invaluable tools for working with trauma. No therapist can afford to remain ignorant of this new and exciting field."

Nathaniel Brandon

Jack Canfield
"The most powerful new transformational technology to come along in years."
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Cheryl Richardson
Author of The Unmistakable Touch of Grace.
"EFT is destined to be a top healing tool for the 21st Century."
Candace Pert,PhD endorses EFT
Eric Robins, MD
Co-author of Your Hands Can Heal you.
"I frequently use EFT for my patients with great results."
Candace Pert,PhD endorses EFT
Norm Shealy, MD
Author of Soul Medicine.
"By removing emotional trauma, EFT helps heal physical symptoms too."
Candace Pert,PhD endorses EFT
Anthony Robbins
"If you're looking for ways to change your life, check out Energy Psychology, it's pretty extraordinary."
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Deepak Chopra, MD
"EFT offers great healing benefits."
Deepak Chopra, MD endorses EFT
Donna Eden
Co-Author of The Promise of Energy Psychology.
"EFT is easy, effective, and produces amazing results. I think it should be taught in elementary school."
Wayne Dyer
"This really works... I've had great results with tapping in my own life."
Wayne Dyer
Candace Pert, PhD
Author of Molecules of Emotion.
"EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement."
Candace Pert,PhD endorses EFT
Bessel Van der Kolk
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
"EP techniques and procedures can bring about remarkably rapid changes in the way people feel."
Professor Bessel Van der Kolk
Bruce Lipton, PhD
Author of The Biology of Belief.
"EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior."
Bruce Lipton, PhD endorses EFT

Clinical EFT Techniques

One of the most common misconceptions about Emotional Freedom Techniques is the belief that EFT equals the acupoint tapping routine. Because EFT involves the very visible phenomenon of tapping with the fingertips on 12 acupressure points, it's easy to suppose that that single act is the main feature of EFT. Many people even use an incorrect name, "Emotional Freedom Technique" singular, rather than the correct "techniques."

In fact, there are 48 distinct techniques that make up EFT, and the acupoint tapping routine is just one of those. Good EFT practitioners will use dozens of techniques, and when a particular technique is not producing results, switch to another.

Here is a list of the core techniques in which certified Clinical EFT Practitioners are trained.


A. Basic Recipe Techniques

1. Describing a Source of Emotional Distress

2. Obtaining a Rating for Subjective Units of Distress (SUD)

3. Identifying Specific Events Linked to the Origin of the Problem

4. Creating a Setup Statement that Combines Exposure and Cognitive Shift

5. Focusing on the Negative First (Resisting the Urge to Caretake the Client using Positives)

6. Key Elements of a Reminder Phrase

7. Correcting for Secondary Gain and Psychological Reversal

8. Tapping 12 Prescribed Acupressure Points

9. Testing the Results


B. Foundational Techniques

10. The Movie Technique

11. The Tell the Story Technique

12. How To Handle Excessive Emotional Intensity

13. Finding Core Issues

14. Identifying the Writings on Your Walls

15. The Characteristics of Effective Affirmations

16. Identifying Tail Enders

17. Daisy Chaining, and Talking and Tapping

18. The Generalization Effect: Identifying it, and Adjusting the Setup Statement 


C. Techniques Used to Identify Target Issues

19. Identifying Aspects of the Problem

20. Identifying Different Categories of Aspects (Emotional, Physical, Visual, Cognitions)

21. Shifting the Setup Statement as the Client Rapidly Shifts Aspects. Customized Setup Phrasing, and Flowing Setup Statements. (Timeless Principle 3)


D. The Gentle Techniques

22. The Tearless Trauma Technique

23. Chasing the Pain

24. Sneaking Up on the Problem


E. Techniques for Special Populations

25. Age-Appropriate Techniques for Using EFT With Children

26. Daily Releasing With Children

27. Borrowing Benefits

28. Working With Groups

29. EFT for Cravings and Addictions

30. Techniques for Multiple Phobias

31. EFT for Physical Symptoms; How the Approach Differs from Psychological Symptoms

32. Techniques To Use When Regular EFT Does Not Produce a Reduction in SUD


F. Professional Practice Techniques

33. Reframing (Timeless Principle 4)

34. Preframing

35. Techniques for Maintaining Client-Centered Focus

36. Identifying Tables and Legs

37. Techniques for Working on Your Own Issues

38. Maintaining Focus on Self-rating versus Observer-rating

39. Techniques for Becoming Extremely Specific

40. Additional Testing Methods. In Vivo Testing, Confrontive Questions

40. The Personal Peace Procedure

42. Cognitive shifts and how to identify them, and the role of insight in EFT

43. Techniques to Apply When Self-Acceptance Is the Problem

44. Telephone and Skype Delivery of EFT


G. Optional Physical Techniques

45. Additional Optional Tapping Points

46. Collarbone Breathing Exercise

47. The Nine Gamut Procedure, and When to Use It

48. The Floor to Ceiling Eye Roll