EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique / Tapping

Di Philippi, Holistic Anxiety Therapist, Tapping / EFT on the brow point

EFT (also known as Tapping) is a three-minute process that’s easy to learn and can bring immediate and satisfying emotional release. Tapping or EFT helps release release distressing emotions, leaving you with increased calm and confidence.

As an anxiety therapist, I use Tapping and EFT with my clients because it is especially helpful in reducing anxiety, panic, stress, worry and fears of all kinds.

Tapping is a new, holistic tool to help you resolve strong emotions. EFT works at 2 levels:

  1. EFT provides immediate relief with tapping so you can feel better in minutes
  2. EFT also works deeper to help release and heal the root cause of the problem

 Check out this EFT introduction by EFT Founder Gary Craig:

How Does EFT or Tapping Work?

Like Reiki and other forms of energy healing, Tapping and EFT are based on the idea that there is a “life force energy” flowing through all living things. This vital energy of life is called “ki” or “chi” or “prana” in various Eastern traditions.

When this vital life energy is balanced and flowing freely through you, you can achieve a happy, healthy state of well-being. However, blockages or imbalance in your body’s energy system can lead to pain or dis-ease.

Tapping on Energy “Meridians”

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese mapped out the energy pathways of the body into a system of energy “meridians.” These meridians are central to Eastern wellness practices, acupuncture, acupressure, and a wide array of other healing techniques…including EFT.

EFT works by stimulating your energy meridians, allowing emotional and energetic releases.

When our energies are allow to flow freely, the body has amazing abilities to heal itself.


 Acupuncture meridians used in Tapping / EFT

The Critical Connection:

EFT is based on the premise that there is an emotional contributor to all dis-ease (physical, psychological, emotional).

It just makes sense that if you spend a long time carrying around anger, fears, grief, traumas, blame, guilt, resentments or other emotional pain, the body becomes stressed.

Stress can eventually show up physically in the form of pain and dis-ease. The medical community is increasingly telling us that in order to improve physical conditions such as anxiety, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux and more (!), that we need to reduce stress.

What Can I Use EFT / Tapping For?

EFT can be used with a variety of issues to help you achieve more happiness, better relationships, greater emotional well-being, and improved physical health and wellness.  Try Tapping for:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • OCD
  • Fears
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Shame
  • Negative Thinking
  • Depression
  • Grief and Sadness
  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Traumas
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating issues/weight issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Pain
  • Physical health issues


EFT Founder Gary Craig says “Try it on everything” because there are very few or no negative side effects of EFT.

Tapping  doesn’t do everything for everyone. If it was an instant solution to all problems, everyone in the world would be doing it and there would be no problems. If you’ve been carrying around chronic stress, pain, or dis-ease for many years, it will take time to get to the root cause of the problem to heal and release it. And it can be most effective when EFT / Tapping is combined with other tools or treatments, especially for holistic anxiety treatment.

EFT or Tapping is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment. It can be a wonderful, integrative adjunct to other treatments.

Empower Yourself!

Di Philippi, Holistic Anxiety Therapist, Tapping / EFT on the collarbone point
  • First, learn the Tapping / EFT basics.
  • Next, learn to customize EFT for YOU and your specific issues.
  • Now you have a powerful tool you can use on your own, when you need it most.
  • You can use it right in the moment of high anxiety, panic, or distressing emotion to help you feel more calm and grounded immediately.