Emotional Freedom Techniques, Sage Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Citation (APA Style): Bullough, J. (2012). Emotional Freedom Techniques. In C. Feltham & I. Horton (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3rd ed). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.


Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) is the popular name for a therapeutic approach that combines the well-proven techniques of exposure and cognitive restructuring with a crucial new component, namely simultaneous somatic stimulation. In EFT, this somatic stimulation takes the form of tapping certain electromagnetically sensitive points on the body while at the same time focusing conscious attention on the issue presented for therapy. The procedure is unconventional, yet can produce empirically demonstrated improvements with pro found psychological and/or physiological consequences in a relatively small number of sessions, sometimes a single session (Church et al., 2009). It also often works where other approaches do not.

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