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EFT: a Science based Therapies 

There are over 5,000 stories on this web site written by people who have recovered from a wide variety of physical and psychological challenges using EFT. This anecdotal evidence is consistent with rigorous scientific research showing that EFT is an “evidence-based” method. Studies show that EFT is effective as a self-help tool, while it is also used in many healthcare settings by medical and mental health professionals.

This EFT research bibliography lists more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed professional journals. To provide a context for this research, which has been shaped by the criteria for evidence-based treatments defined by the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force on Empirically Validated Treatments, we begin with on overview of the criteria.

The abstracts are organized into a number of categories. These include Outcome Studies, Clinical Reports, Mechanisms Papers, Review Articles and Meta-Analyses, and Skeptical and Opposing Viewpoints. Outcome studies are further divided by condition, such as anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From the links at the top of this page you can jump to any of these sections immediately

EFT means "Emotional Freedom Techniques" and is a powerful science-based showing great improvement in a relatively small number of sessions. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping 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.

EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 100 scientific papers published in medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have demonstrated that EFT is effective for  anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. 

Dr. Peta Stapleton has led the Australian research into Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or ‘tapping

Emotional Freedom Techniques, or simply EFT, is a powerful way to deal with unresolved issues, transform beliefs, and reprogram yourself for greater happiness and success. Commonly called "tapping," EFT has been utilized by thousands people worldwide. If you're holding this book, you've probably tried it at least once - or heard about it from a friend. 

EFT researcher and author Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., brings together the history and cutting-edge research of tapping. She also shows how tapping can be used for a whole host of ailments, including anxiety, weight issues, depression, trauma, and more. Dr. Stapleton's own groundbreaking study involving food cravings in overweight adults helped establish EFT as an effective, valid form of therapy. 

In The Science behind Tapping, you'll come away with a deeper understanding of what EFT is and how it can help you. The book starts with a beginner's guide to EFT, which includes tapping statements and phrases, as well as helpful charts showing the location of tapping acupoints on the face and upper body. After taking you through its many uses, Dr. Stapleton also explores the common obstacles to success with EFT - and how to combat them. 

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