What is EFT “Tapping”?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a brief self-applied stress reduction technique using elements of cognitive therapy, with physical stimulation of acupuncture points. It is often referred to as ‘Tapping’ as it uses a two finger tapping process on known acupuncture points.

EFT can address a range of issues by simply focusing on the issue you would like to address with an acceptance statement, along with a simple two finger tapping technique.

Effectiveness has been established for phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, pain and more.

Here Dr Peta Stapleton, Clinical and Health Psychologist, and world leading Researcher and Trainer in EFT, explains more about EFT in her ‘How to do Tapping’ and Why it Works video on YouTube.

How Does EFT Work?

The mechanisms behind EFT include deactivation of the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre), as well as recent research into vagal nerve improvement. EFT has also been shown to significantly lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone.  Research on gene expression indicates EFT has has the ability to down regulate genes associated with the stress response, and up-regulate or improve immune functioning.

Read Dr Peta Stapleton’s research here.

Science and Evidence

Dr Peta wrote The Science Behind Tapping (Hay House) in 2019 to make the science easy to understand! Learn more here.

EFT has had randomised clinical trials and meta analyses conducted for anxiety, depression, pain, PTSD and more. It has been accepted and implemented across hospitals worldwide, in professional practice, schools and more.

More About The Science Behind EFT

How can EFT help with weight management?

Dr Peta Stapleton’s Australian research has found EFT to be highly successful, and long lasting, when used for the treatment of obesity, food cravings, and weight management. Various forms of EFT has been used in the control of weight issues with good anecdotal results, however, Dr Peta Stapleton’s program ‘Tapping for Food Cravings and Weight Management’, designed in conjunction with Glenn Mackintosh, Australia’s leading weight management psychologist, is the only EFT for weight program that has been clinically researched, with scientifically proven results. While Peta’s groundbreaking research is mentioned in other weight management programs, this is the only program delivered by Dr Stapleton, the EFT master trainer and researcher.

Tapping For Weight Management Online Program

The Tapping for Weight Management Online Program is the only online EFT for weight management program in the world to be clinically researched. The 8 & 12 week programs are delivered by Myself & Australia’s leading weight management Psychologist, Glenn Mackintosh.

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What else can EFT help with?

EFT is not only a useful technique in weight management. Research trials have shown the remarkable and positive effects of Tapping on PTSD, anxiety, depression and phobias, as well as chronic pain, fatigue, and its successful use in the cessation of smoking has also been established. In addition to her weight loss related studies, Dr Stapleton’s most recent research has included:

  • Brain changes after EFT for overweight adults with food cravings (using fMRI)
  • Teaching EFT for Healthy Food Choices and Physical Activity in 14 year olds
  • EFT for Academic Fear and Difficulties in 15 year old high achieving students
  • EFT versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression in Adults
  • EFT for Chronic Pain
  • EFT for Stress Reduction (using salivary cortisol testing)
More About The Science Behind EFT

The Ultimate Tapping Guide

While EFT or tapping can address a range of complex emotional challenges, the basic protocol is quite straightforward and surprisingly easy to learn. Download your *FREE* Ultimate Tapping Guide now by Australia's leading EFT researcher and clinical psychologist, Dr Peta Stapleton.

Please note: 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is still considered experimental in nature although it is gaining in scientific support it is not yet widely accepted as a formally validated scientific technique.

All workshops and trainings are intended to promote awareness of the benefits of learning and applying Clinical EFT (the version tested in clinical research trials). This program is an educational product and designed for this. However, the general public must take full responsibility for their use of it. This material is for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for traditional medical attention, counselling, therapy or advice from a qualified health care professional. Neither Clinical EFT nor the information here is intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

If you experience any unusual symptoms practicing the technique you should seek the advice of a health professional. Although the results of our research and others in the academic world indicated that many people benefiting from the use of Clinical EFT with their food cravings, weight loss, anxiety and depression, the responses to the technique are individual. A lack of result or progress may mean you need professional assistance. Please seek professional support should this happen - you can email us at [email protected] for a referral to an appropriately qualified professional.

If you have any concern regarding your health or mental state, it is recommend that you seek out advice or treatment from a qualified, licensed health care professional. Before making any dietary changes or discontinuing, reducing or increasing prescription medications it is recommended that you consult with a doctor, pharmacist or other qualified medical or health professional first.

Dr Peta Stapleton, Evidence Based EFT and Tapping in the Classroom make no warranty or prediction regarding any outcome for using EFT for any particular issue. All information on our websites is for personal use only, for educational purposes. While Dr Peta Stapleton is a registered psychologist, all EFT trainings, courses and products (free or for purchase) offered by the Company are not a psychological service.

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