Linda Friend, MA, MFT
P.O. Box 1228
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is one of the new "energy therapies" like acupuncture, shiatsu,
kinesiology and reiki that unblock the flow of energy as it travels through channels in the body
called meridians. Emotional memories are attached energetically to our experiences. Negative
emotions are easier to recall generally than positive, especially anger and hurt.
EFT is an effective technique that has been used on issues and symptoms such as anger, fear, panic
attacks, low self-esteem, addiction, anxiety, relationship issues, insomnia, grief, trauma and
abuse, PTSD, lack of motivation, chronic physical pain and many others.
EFT combines acupressure, (gentle fingertip tapping on acupuncture points), while you think about
the problem. Once you identify the issue we reframe a negative experience, emotion or pattern into
a positive affirmation or outcome. The blocked energy gets moving again and rebalances the energy
systems in the body. This then can relieve the overwhelming negative reaction and leave one
feeling calm, balanced, stable and whole again.
EFT was founded by a man named Gary Craig, and is based on the 5000-year-old Chinese energy
system on which acupuncture is based. It is the same system that Qigong meditation is based on.
For more information and to see video instruction on how to do this simple tapping technique on
your self, look up EFT on the web or go to http://www.emofree.com.
Emotional Freedom Technique is something you can learn to do on yourself, and use it to help
family members and friends. It is very gentle and can be used on children.
If there are highly charged or overwhelming emotions involved, and if there is a history of
physical or sexual abuse, it is recommended you see a psychotherapist trained in EFT. It is best
in these circumstances to do the treatments in ongoing psychotherapy. It is one of the techniques
I use in my practice, along with Frequency Specific Microcurrent PTSD and other emotional
protocols, and gigong meditation (see these links on my site). Always consult with your medical
doctor before changing any medication routines.