Emma Redfern - Counselling Plus Psychotherapy, EMDR & Supervision in Honiton & Topsham, Exeter

EFT #01

Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique is a psychological version of acupressure which involves gently tapping (you can do the tapping on yourself or I can) on a sequence of energy points on the face and body with the fingertips while focusing (either silently or verbally) on the issue to be resolved. EFT energetically resolves the disruption to the body's energy system which occurs as a result of emotionally charged experiences. EFT can be used by adults and children with a therapist or alone.

EFT can be used to free you from:

  • limiting beliefs
  • phobias
  • emotional trauma
  • physical discomforts that have an emotional basis
  • bad habits and addictions

    EFT is a very compassionate and gentle form of therapy which is ideal for:
  • helping you change
  • enabling you to choose your life
  • enhancing self-esteem
  • helping you achieve your goals
  • losing self-defeating behaviour


  • Q&A about Emotional Freedom Technique

    Do I use it like I would a distraction technique?
    No, if you find you are distracted while you apply the technique, stop and gently refocus on the emotional issue you wish to resolve. If your distraction persists, try working with a therapist/counsellor as they'll be able to help you focus while keeping you safe. As with talking therapies, for something to be resolved you need to be actively engaged in the process and to shine the light of awareness on the issue/event/memory/discomfort etc for the process to have most effect.

    Does it work for everyone?
    It does. However, EFT is so effective and so gentle, that people sometimes underestimate its efficacy. So, it helps if you 'score' your emotional intensity around the issue to be resolved before you start the tapping. Thus, initially you might have a high score of 9 out of 10 (which shows a high level of emotional intensity or upset). Then once you've used EFT you can review the score and see how much less emotionally intense you feel, you might reach a 5 out of 10. Further EFT will help this get lower until you reach 0 out of 10. The 'score' is a concrete pointer for you to assess how EFT is working for you.
    Also, as your therapist, I will be looking for physical signs that would indicate something shifting for you (yawning perhaps or feelings of tiredness or laughing).

    At first it worked like magic. Now I'm back to how I was before. Am I doing something wrong?
    No, you won't have done anything wrong, this therapeutic technique is very resilient it's not really possible to 'get it wrong'. However, like all other therapies, EFT isn't magic. Some problems vanish rapidly (as if by magic), other issues will involve doing a lot of EFT. Some issues or problems respond really well to EFT and you may only need one session to be free of something for ever - phobias often resolve in this way. Other issues, such as emotional overeating or addictions may require regular use of EFT both at home between sessions and with a therapist. EFT is a technique you can use to empower yourself and make the changes you want in your life, whether quickly or gradually. It's a very simple and fast-moving process so using it regularly isn't too much of a chore - if you really want change! And, if you're in two minds about change, we can use EFT for that too!

    Do you have qualifications in EFT?
    In 2004 I trained to advanced level in EFT with Ann Ross, one of the first UK EFT Masters.

    For more information about EFT, see www.eftuniverse.com


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