Emotional Freedom Technique
”Tapping”, an alternative approach to managing anxiety,
stress, mood & more.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Authentic Counseling Associates
What is the Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)?
EFT or Tapping is an alternative treatment for emotional
and/or physical distress.
Tapping is a brief intervention combining elements of
exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, and somatic
stimulation of acupressure points on the head, face and
Tapping purports to access Meridian lines (energy lines)
to soothe and regulate physical and emotional distress.
How does Tapping work?
Tapping is done in a circuit. It is generally repeated
at least three times and when guided, scaling of
symptoms are monitored.
The subject will “tap” on various points along the
head, face, and upper body while combining
acknowledgment of emotion and a positive
affirmation with deep breathing.
Brief History of EFT
1962 – Dr. George Goodheart, DC began studying Acupuncture
and developed a technique he called “Applied Kinesiology”.
1970’s – Dr. John Diamond, an Australian Psychiatrist built upon this by developing “Behavioral Kinesiology” adding affirmations to treat emotional problems.
1980’s – Dr. Roger Callahan, an American Psychologist studied the
The meridian system of Acupuncture furthered this approach
calling it Thought Field Therapy.
1990’s – Gary Craig, an enthusiastic student of Dr. Callahan began
marketing his own version, calling it EFT, to the general public
EFT Uses & Controversy
EFT is used by medical, psychological, and alternative health
practitioners to treat a variety of issues such as Anxiety, Phobias,
Depression and PTSD.
Proponents of EFT claim that EFT is widely studied and evidence-based.
Opponents of EFT claim it is pseudoscience and essentially
During the course of preparing this presentation, it appeared that
some of the research that is often presented as evidence in favor of
EFT had repeating authors’ names and potential conflicts of interest.
My (Limited) Clinical Experience
I have seen EFT used with clients who have severe PTSD from the
2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA with successful outcomes.
Every time I have used EFT with a client it has produced results with
at least mild improvement.
As someone who practices “energy work”, I can’t claim to be
completely impartial, but whatever the reasoning for positive
outcomes – I find EFT to be a beneficial tool.
A Chaplain Speaks
Tapping to release emotional & physical stress