Emotional Freedom Techniques for Psychological Symptoms and Disorders

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Abstract

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a brief intervention combining elements of exposure, cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. It is often referred to as "tapping;' as it uses a two-finger tapping process with a cognitive acceptance statement. EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 130 different journal articles (Church, 2013). These clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. This essay represents a summary of the major research supporting the use of EFT for disorders and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHolistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioners' Perspectives
EditorsCheryl L. Fracasso, Stanley Krippner, Harris L. Friedman
Place of PublicationJefferson, North Carolina
PublisherMcFarland Publishers
Chapter11
Pages136-151
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4766-4005-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4766-6993-9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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