Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

The Emotional Freedom Technique concept was developed in the US in the 1990’s by Gary Craig, using the principles of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) discovered by Dr. Roger Callahan. EFT roots are in acupuncture, kinesiology and psychology. EFT is spreading very rapidly in the US and in the UK, where the concept is now used in some specialist areas of the National Health Service.

It has been likened to acupuncture, but without needles, and is a method of literally tapping into the body’s energy system to allow emotional issues to be resolved effectively and with astonishing speed. It is a completely safe, non-invasive procedure.

Using EFT involves ‘tuning into’ the issue to be worked on and then tapping on specific acupressure points with your fingers. For example if you still carry anger towards someone who has hurt you in the past, you would be asked to think about them, and notice how you feel. But you do not have to relive past events. You just have to be aware that the negative feeling is there. After having EFT you will still retain the memory of the event you were working on but it will no longer have the emotional intensity that it had before.

EFT is incredibly effective in helping fears (including fear of flying), phobias, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, smoking cessation, weight loss and many other problems. Used in conjunction with counselling or coaching, it offers a valuable additional tool and many common phobias and fears can be completely eliminated in a single session.

Read Staffordshire Life reporter Bryony’s account of an EFT session with Frances.


EFT – Helping with my phobia

“I had heard of EFT before but didn’t understand the mechanics of it so when Frances explained it all to me I was even more intrigued. My phobia is flying and I hate it with an absolute passion. It’s so overwhelming it brings me to tears and the sheer panic triggers hyperventilating. I have been known to freeze with fear while boarding a plane so I’ve been quite happy to not even travel abroad for several years, just to avoid going through weeks of fear and dread leading up to a holiday. I recall my first EFT session quite vividly.Read more