What Is EFT Treatment? A Comprehensive Guide to Healing Tapping

What Is An EFT Treatment?

In this article, you will learn how Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) serve as an alternative treatment for alleviating both physical and emotional discomfort. With its proven efficacy, EFT has emerged as a valuable tool in managing symptoms associated with anxiety, stress, sadness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other mental and physical health conditions.

You've decided to go for therapy? Fantastic! You've taken the difficult step by deciding to seek therapeutic treatment to help you protect and preserve your mental health.

But you're not alone if you're asking, "How do I figure out what kind of therapist I need?" There are various kinds of therapists, as well as numerous types of therapy and treatment.

So, let's get started with one of the most significant types of therapy treatment in this blog post, namely, Emotional Freedom Techniques.


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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a therapeutic approach commonly known as EFT Treatment or EFT Tapping Works, also referred to as psychological acupressure, is a therapeutic method that involves intentionally tapping on acupuncture meridian end-points on your face and upper body. As you say statements out loud based on psychology, you gently tap your fingertips during this process.

EFT, or "tapping," is designed to be easy for you to learn and flexible enough to suit your needs. It stands out as a technique that is enduring, gentle, and typically quick, and the best part is that it requires no drugs or specialized equipment. Once learned, you can apply it to yourself.

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This technique empowers you to transform the way you respond to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and troubling memories, such as pain, tension, or stress. Whether you choose to practice it independently or with the guidance of an experienced practitioner, EFT has the potential to bring surprising and lasting relief, altering the energy you bring to various everyday life situations.

As you explore EFT for yourself, you become more aware of how your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions affect you physiologically. This awareness propels you on a journey to make positive changes for the better.


Humans have been knowing the healing properties of tapping various locations for over 5000 years.

Many countries' historical medical histories include treatment of these sites, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concentrating on energy flows, which utilizes needles to activate these "acupoints."

Dr. Roger Callahan, a psychologist, dedicated many years to refining his technique, known as TFT (Thought Field Therapy).

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Therapists who apprenticed under Callahan later pioneered new therapeutic approaches inspired by his principles.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), founded by Gary Craig, offers a notable example. Originally a Stanford engineer turned personal trainer, Craig underwent training with Callahan during the early years of Thought Field Therapy. EFT is recognized for its simplicity and accessibility, making it available to anyone interested.

Thanks to Callahan's influence, Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Techniques, a method often described as magical in its ability to address the root cause of various discomforts (1).


A disruption in the body's energy system is the source of all negative thoughts and emotions. A traumatic event or incident disrupts the energy system, resulting in bad emotions and, in some situations, unfavorable beliefs.

The emotional charge dissipates once the energy system is regulated.

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You aren't "mentally inhibited," as the core premise implies. Instead, you're "energy-blocked." You can unblock clogged channels by following the easy EFT Tapping instructions.

EFT Tapping technique provides relief by re-wiring and restoring balance to the energy system, allowing you to feel calmer, more at ease, and ready to let go.

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EFT Tapping is an alternative therapy that primarily involves two aspects- talk and touch.


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EFT Tapping's primary element is communication. EFT Tapping, like many other therapies and healing modalities, is a form of communication. The value of talking in therapy can be gauged by the fact that a branch of psychotherapy called Talk Therapy was developed on it.

Talking about feelings and emotions might genuinely help people change their perceptions and how they evaluate things. This feature of conversation is also incorporated into techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


Touching is an important part of EFT Tapping because it is one of the five love languages. Touch, which expresses caring, affection, and presence, can be an enormously essential aspect in healing.

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The importance of touch can be shown by the fact that babies who have had enough or any safe touch are less likely to have psychological difficulties later in life than babies who have not had enough or any safe touch.

The method in which EFT Tapping session uses touch is by tapping on certain areas of the body also known as EFT Tapping points.

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Gary created the Basic Recipe first, which covers the entire tapping routine. The tapping sequence was subsequently simplified.


The main acupuncture points are as follows: 

Main tapping points (Multiple Physiological Markers)



At the beginning of the eyebrow just above the nose


Side Of Eye/ Temple

On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.


Under Eye

On the bone just under the eye.


Under Nose

Between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip



Midway between the point of the chin and the middle of the lower lip



Just below the collarbone


Under Arm

Under the arm about 10cm from the armpit



On the outside of the thumb, level with the base of the nail

EFT Tapping Points


Index Finger

On the side of the index finger closest to the thumb, level with the base of the nail.

(This point is not recommended for pregnant clients)


Middle Finger

In the same place on the middle finger


Ring Finger

On the other side on ring finger


Baby Finger

In the same place on the little or baby finger


Karate Chop

On the edge of the hand


Step 1:

Measure the Problem from 1 to 10

Ask “What number would you give this problem on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is a very big problem and 1 is not big at all”.

If there is a feeling, ask “On a scale of 1 to 10 how intense is the feeling where 10 is very intense and 1 is not at all”.

Alternatively, for physical tension, ask “On a scale of 1 to 10 what number would you give this tension where 10 is very high and 1 is not high at all”. 

Step 2:

The Setup

While continuously tapping on the Karate Chop point, repeat this affirmation three times: "Even though I have this (name your problem), I deeply and completely accept myself."

Step 3:

The Tapping Sequences in EFT Tapping

Tap about 7 times on each of the following meridian points while repeating the Reminder Phrase at each point:

  • Eyebrow

  • Side of Eye

  • Under Eye

  • Under nose

  • Upper lip Chin point

  • Collarbone

  • Under Arm

  • Thumb

  • Index Finger

  • Middle Finger

  • Little Finger

  • Karate Chop

Step 4:

The 9 Gamut Procedure

Continuously tap on the gamut point while performing each of these 9 actions:

  • Eyes closed
  • Eyes open

  • Eyes hard down right

  • Eyes hard down left

  • Roll your eyes in a circle in one direction

  • Roll your eyes in a circle in the other direction

  • Hum 2 seconds of a song

  • Count to 5

  • Hum 2 seconds of a song

This process allows the left and right brain to be engaged creating balance to reduce stress, relieve stress and release stress.

Step 5:

The Tapping Sequence (Again)

Tap about 7 times on each of the following meridian points while repeating the reminder phrase at all energy points.

Step 6:

Measure the Problem From 1 to 10 Again and Repeat All of the Above if Necessary

In subsequent rounds, the Setup Affirmation and the Reminder Phrase are adjusted to reflect that you are addressing the remaining problem:

“Even though I still have some of (this problem)…" (Setup statement)

“This remaining (problem)…" (Reminder phrase)

In clinical EFT, start by identifying the issue and then begin tapping. For instance, if it's physical tension, focus on the pain or the associated emotion. Address each problem one at a time, moving on to the next when the initial intensity lessens.


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Gary Craig developed a variety of approaches as he developed EFT, and he has made them available to practitioners who want to use them.

He is a master of intuitive therapy and has never needed to define his methods as separate EFT subcategories. He merely does what his intuition tells him to do.

Most EFT practitioners eventually migrate to this intuitive technique, although some instruction is required until their intuition is established (and they learn to trust it).

The approaches shown here are the result of the efforts of several practitioners, although they are all based on Gary's work.

You owe it to these practitioners to translate Gary's intuitive therapy sessions into a set of techniques (proposed clinical guidelines) that can be taught as distinct models until the practitioner acquires the confidence to combine them all into a single resource from which the approach needed for any given case may be derived.


The Direct Approach 

There may be no need to develop a Setup Statement if the client is vividly aware of the situation and keeps it in the forefront of their mind.

A Trained professional will know that a client with a splitting headache is a clear example of this. If the headache is so severe that it obliterates all other thoughts, no setup is required, and the practitioner can begin tapping right away. This isn't necessary to say that touching the uncomfortable place isn't necessary (the client might be reversed), but it does suggest that it can be done without uttering a setup statement. Similarly, there will be no need for reminder phrases.

This method can be used to treat a variety of pain conditions. The practitioner must be certain that a specific type of pain has been diagnosed. Furthermore, the practitioner must always be on the lookout for circumstances in which physical pain has an emotional root.


Tell the Story

In the Tell the Story technique, clients recount past incidents, breaking them down into sections. The EFT practitioner closely watches for signs of stress, pausing when distress emerges.

The client estimates the emotional intensity (SUDS) for that part and taps to alleviate it before continuing. This process is repeated until the entire story can be told without emotional distress (negative emotions).

After the initial narrative, the client revisits the beginning, delving into discomforting areas in detail while tapping away lingering emotions.


The Movie Technique

The movie technique is used to identify key emotional parts of the event first and then tap on them one by one. This is faster than telling the story. The steps are:

  • Name the movie and identify the intensity levels...tap.
  • Have the movie on the screen, cover with curtains, and remote control in hand.
  • When the initial intensity of the movie name is manageable, open curtains.
  • Run the movie from start to finish and identify emotional peaks.
  • Begin with the lowest peak.
  • Tap the initial intensity down.
  • Test and move to the next peak.
  • Repeat till the movie has no charge.
  • You test with movie technique by telling the story.


Tearless Trauma

The Tearless Trauma Technique involves the client imagining or guessing the intensity of a problem or issue instead of directly engaging with it.

It's a form of "protective distancing" used to ensure safety and comfort while reducing the emotional response intensity. This technique, also known as "Guessing," is gentler than directly confronting trauma, making it useful for severe cases where visualizing or watching the issue is too painful (2).

Unlike the Movie Technique, it doesn't require the client to step into or view the traumatic incident.


The Keyword Approach 

In cases where clients are too distressed to discuss their issue or may avoid framing an accurate Setup Statement, the Keyword Approach offers a solution.

Clients provide a single keyword that encapsulates their entire situation, regardless of its literal relevance. For example, "daffodil" might represent trauma from a brutal rape.

The Setup Statement, like any other EFT session, uses this keyword, such as "Even though I have this daffodil problem, I deeply and completely accept myself." If other aspects of the problem arise during the session, new keywords are introduced.

This approach also applies when clients can't define the problem beyond emotions like sadness or fear. An unrelated keyword is assigned, and standard tapping is applied.


EFT has been shown to work miracles in a variety of scenarios.

A 2019 study involving 203 participants examined the effects of 6 clinical EFT seminars on physical and psychological well-being. Predominantly, women over 50 participated and reported a significant decrease in anxiety, despair, psychological symptoms, pain levels, PTSD symptoms, stress hormone, and cravings (3).

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A 2013 study with 30 veterans found 6 sessions of EFT coaching reduced psychological distress and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (treat posttraumatic stress disorder) (4).

EFT has also been found highly helpful in lowering depressive symptoms in a 2016 evaluation of 20 trials. The results revealed that EFT was as good as or better than other mainstream depression therapies (5).

You can study EFT Tapping for yourself and others, as well as train to become an EFT Practitioner who can help others with physical, mental health and emotional issues. (The perfect self help tool).

While tapping may help some individuals feel better, it's equally crucial to get professional help if you're experiencing physical or mental pain.


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)

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In summary, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is undoubtedly one of the most effective therapy methods available today! Emotional Freedom Techniques is a type of alternative therapy that helps people overcome physical and emotional problems. It entails tapping on certain energy areas on the body, most notably the head and face due to energy flow.