What in the world is EFT?

EFT stands for emotional freedom technique. It is a powerful tool and so simple. EFT uses elements of cognitive psychology and oriental medicine. The simple definition is, it is an emotional or psychological version of acupressure. There are over 300 evidence based studies (as of January 2023), proving the benefits and efficacy of EFT as a way to address issues like anxiety, depression, stress, weight loss, money issues, phobias, PTSD, and more. NOTE: In evidence based studies a repeatable process must be used. This is what is called “Clinical EFT”. Because EFT is so easy to use and flexible, often times you will see variation in tapping points and styles on the internet or YouTube. In order to have evidence based studies, clinical EFT is used during research in order to ensure a consistent, repeatable technique was used to validate the efficacy of the results. I have listed examples of evidence based studies below.

Tapping or EFT has changed my life! EFT is powerful because you can use it yourself as well as with a practitioner. I continue to use it every day along with many other techniques and tools I use for myself and with clients. 

A movie was produced illustrating the science behind EFT. Watch the trailer posted at the top of the blog and message me if you would like to know more or get access to the whole movie. I have also posted an older video I use with new clients to give them some background before our first session and a visual of the tapping points.  

  • Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., Stapleton, P., Sims, R., Katharina, B., & Dawson, C. (2019). Clinical EFT (emotional freedom techniques) improves multiple physiological markers of health. Journal of Evidence – Based Integrative Medicine, 24 doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/2515690X18823691
  • Clond, M. P. (2016). emotional freedom techniques for anxiety; a systematic review with meta-analysis. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 388-395.
  • Nelms, J. A., & Castel, L. (2016). A systematic review and Meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized trials of clinical emotion freedom techniques (EFT) for the Treatment of depression. Explore, 12(6), 416-426. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.001
  • Sebastian, B. M., & Nelms, J. P. (2017). the effectiveness of emotional freedom techniques in the treatment posttraumatic stress disorder: a meta-analysis. EXPLORE, 10.

Much Love,

Dr. Kim

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