Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT with the catch phrase “Healing the Emotional Roots of Disease” was founded by Gary Craig. According to the EFT site at EFT is “based on the discovery that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease” and “EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.”

When we investigated EFT it looked deceptively like TFT except that the sequence of tapping points didn’t vary dependant on the issue as in TFT. Another difference we found was that we were asked to make the affirmation that “even though I have XYZ problem I deeply and completely accept myself” and then to repeat a brief phrase that reminded us of the problem whilst tapping.

This similarity prompted us to ask a few questions because we were wondering if EFT was related to TFT in some way. The answer we got was a bit vague, so we started digging!

What we found was that; Gary Craig was allegedly previously a TFT therapist and broke away to form his own therapy. One thing is certain, EFT are very good at promoting and marketing themselves, because you see reference to it everywhere, perhaps Roger Callahan of TFT isn’t such a shrewd businessman?

Does it work? Yes indeed. In our experience TFT seemed better, but that’s just our opinion, but then you will have realised that if you have looked at the TFT section! If you are considering EFT, give it a go, we certainly prefer it to CBT.

As with TFT, anxiety and panic attack symptoms will need an awful lot of work, so if someone tells you otherwise and offers a quick fix beware!

Our View - Good and Not so Good


Easy to learn, so you can use it on yourself as a first aid measure.

Plenty of therapists about

Works well for lots of different things, not just anxiety

Not so Good

Not recognised by the NHS - why not if TFT is?

Whilst some therapists are really good, you can get a quick training and call yourself an EFT therapist, so there will be more than a few amateurs out there and because they are not split into different training levels like TFT, you don't know who the amateurs are.

Again private, so expensive, especially given that many, many hours will be needed to make an impact on the panic attack symptoms.

Useful EFT links

The World Center for EFT has a practitioner database where you can search by location or speciality (or both) at interestingly they dont list either agoraphobia or panic attack!

You Tube Video - like we said, they are masters of marketing!

Further information on EFT - Check out

Further reading

The EFT Manual (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques)
By Gary Craig

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