What are the
Emotional Freedom Techniques?

EFT is short for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a series of language-based techniques designed to bring relief from emotional (and physical) issues.

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Each technique includes tapping on a series of specific acupressure points.

If you're using EFT for self-help, then you will be using The Basic Recipe (a deceptively powerful tool that teaches the formula for a 'round of tapping').

The language used in The Basic Recipe is very elementary - you simply state an aspect of the problem, and tap on all of the EFT points while repeating that aspect.

However, if you are a newly-qualified EFT practitioner, you will have learned 5 core emotional freedom techniques, each created to ensure that the therapy process is as gentle as possible.

(As an Advanced EFT Practitioner, you will learn even more techniques.)

So what are the 5 core emotional freedom techniques?

The 5 core techniques in EFT are:

  • Tell The Story
  • Movie Technique
  • Tearless Trauma Technique
  • Chasing The Pain
  • Sneaking Up

Each of these techniques does a different job but they all have one thing in common - every emotional freedom technique includes 'rounds' of tapping on the same set of acupressure points.

We can think of the 5 core emotional freedom techniques as being more or less appropriate for differing levels of emotional intensity.

Remember, EFT is designed to be as gentle as possible so, as a practitioner, you will need to decide which of the emotional freedom techniques to use according to the client's level of emotional distress.

If the client has minimal distress, you may decide that it's appropriate to use the Tell The Story technique.

If there is a risk that the client may become very distressed, you will probably want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum, and take a much more indirect approach, by literally Sneaking Up on the problem.

Of course, your client's emotional intensity will fluctuate throughout an EFT session so you will be alternating between each of these techniques as appropriate.

The mark of an experienced EFT practitioner is the ability to move effortlessly from one technique to another to ensure that the client can attain maximum emotional freedom with minimal emotional pain.

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"I definitely think something must have shifted or changed after using EFT because I just feel better.

I didn't think working on that memory would have such an effect on me, but clearly something has changed."

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"A couple of hours after my last EFT session, I had a feeling like I was a "new person".

It sounds weird but I felt like a tiny bit of me was a new updated version."

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