Laura Hunter Therapies

What is EFT Tapping and How Does it Work?

In the landscape of alternative therapies, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or simply “tapping,” emerges as a beacon of hope for many grappling with emotional distress. This simple yet profound method has garnered attention for its ability to bring about significant psychological relief and transformative change. But what exactly is EFT tapping, and how can you wield it in your life? Let’s embark on a journey to discover its methodology, benefits, and how you can start harnessing its power today.

Setting The Stage

Imagine possessing a tool that could help you navigate through the tumultuous sea of emotions, offering a safe harbour in moments of overwhelming distress. EFT tapping is that tool—a gentle, non-invasive technique that promotes emotional healing and well-being. At its core, EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine and modern psychological intervention. But how does tapping on specific body points translate to emotional freedom? Let’s dive deeper into the mechanics and benefits of EFT.

Defining Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT tapping is a therapeutic tool where you, the client, tap on specific meridian points on your body while you simultaneously focus on the issue you want to address. The process is designed to balance energy systems and alleviate emotional and physical discomfort. Originating from the ancient principles of Chinese acupuncture, EFT tapping offers a needle-free approach to stimulate energy points, fostering healing and well-being.

How EFT Works

The technique is straightforward and can be performed by anyone, anywhere. It involves tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian points located on the head, face, and upper body while mentally focusing on the issue at hand. These points include the top of the head, the eyebrow, the side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, the beginning of the collarbone, and under the arm. As you tap, you recite a setup statement that acknowledges the problem followed by an affirmation of self-acceptance, or combine this with other therapeutic techniques to heighten their effectiveness.

Benefits of EFT Tapping

EFT tapping has been lauded for its ability to rapidly shift emotional states, providing users with a powerful means to cope better with their emotions. One of the most profound benefits is its efficacy in safely processing past trauma that continues to impact the present. By targeting the energy disruptions associated with distressing memories or thoughts, EFT helps to reduce the emotional intensity around these experiences, facilitating a sense of peace and emotional freedom.

Those practising EFT regularly will typically experience:

  • Rapid Emotional Shifts: EFT can quickly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.
  • Improved Coping Mechanisms: Regular practice can enhance emotional resilience, helping individuals better manage stressful situations.
  • Processing Past Trauma: EFT offers a gentle approach to confront and re-frame past traumatic events, reducing their hold on one’s emotional state.

Getting Started with EFT

Embarking on the EFT journey requires no special equipment or advanced knowledge—just an open mind and the willingness to try. While EFT can be practised independently, working with a trained therapist can maximise its benefits, especially when dealing with complex emotional issues. An EFT therapist can provide guidance, support, and tailored interventions to address your specific needs and goals.


EFT tapping represents a bridge between traditional healing wisdom and contemporary psychological understanding, offering a path to emotional freedom that is both accessible and empowering. Whether you’re seeking relief from day-to-day stress or looking to heal deeper emotional wounds, EFT provides a safe, effective tool for emotional self-care. If you’re intrigued by the potential of EFT tapping and curious to learn how it can be integrated into your wellness routine, I invite you to book a discovery call with me. Together, we can explore how this powerful technique can support your journey toward emotional resilience and well-being. Embrace the opportunity to transform your emotional landscape with EFT tapping—the path to emotional freedom is within your reach.

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