Classical EFT, Tapping, Faster EFT, Positive EFT, Energy EFT,… And the list goes on! So what are the differences???
Here is a list of some of them with a very brief description.
When psychotherapist, Dr Roger Callahan, in the 1980s asked his client to tap on an acupuncture point under her eye for an incurable water phobia, he was astonished that the phobia disappeared permanently. This led him to develop a healing system called Thought Field Therapy or TFT which different sequence of points on the body are tapped on to release difference negative emotions.
When Gary Craig, trained with Callahan in TFT, he wondered, since the number of tapping points was finite, what would happen if one tapped on all the points for every emotion instead of a specific sequence of point for each emotion. He found the results were just as good and the benefits were that it was very easy to learn.
As a result, Craig created Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT which is now also called Tapping.
Classical EFT, as created by Gary Craig, involves rating a problem such as a negative emotion, pain, upsetting memory, addiction, phobia etc on a SUD (Subjective Units of Distress) scale from 0 to 10 where 0 is no intensity at all and 10 is the worst it could be.
You then repeat tap on the side of your hand while repeating a setup phrase 3 times that goes something like this:
“Even though I have this problem (eg anger/ headache/ birth trauma/ smoking problem/ fear of heights etc), I deeply and completely love and accept myself”
This is followed by twice tapping through a sequence of 8 points on the body.
This is known as one EFT round and after each round you assess your SUD rating until it drops to 0.
This is known as the short form of classical EFT. Originally there was a long form too which is rarely used. It includes the use of additional finger points and a process known as the 9-gamut.
For more information about Gary Craig and his latest Gold Standards of EFT developments, go here.
Gary Craig’s latest development is Optimal EFT
Nowadays many EFT users have developed their own EFT style. Here are some of the more popular ones:
Developed by Silvia Hartmann, this technique replaces the setup tapping on the side of the hand with placing your hands in the centre of your chest and state the issue you are focussing 3 times with a deep breath between each. Then you tap on the EFT points once through which are mostly the same with the addition of the finger points. An EFT round is completed with hands in the centre of the chest again and three deep breaths. Energy EFT replaces the SUD scale with the SUE (Subjective Unites of Experience) scale where the scale ranges from -10 through 0 to +10. Negative numbers represent negative emotions, 0 is no emotion and positive numbers represent positive emotions.
Positive EFT was created by Silvia Hartmann and employs the Energy EFT format. Instead of stating the issue while tapping, you tap on a positive feeling, quality or remedy that is needed to transform the issue.
Description to be updated.
Developed by Robert G. Smith, FasterEFT, where EFT stands for Emotional Focussed Transformations), integrates the most effective elements of EFT, BSFF (Be Set Free Fast) & NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). FasterEFT is a thinking system that uses a process called the A.R.T of Change to elicit and aim at past traumas, beliefs, and emotional patterns. A key element of FasterEFT is that it works more directly with the unconscious mind and how it creates a problem. In terms of tapping, this system skips the setup section, uses a subset of the EFT tapping points and at the end adds the word Peace while holding the wrist to create an emotional association.
Choices Method, created by Dr Pat Carrington, makes use of classical EFT with variations to the setup statement. The “I deeply and completely love and accept myself” part of the setup statement is replaced, at various points within a session, with “I choose…” with the end of the statement relevant to the issue. So for example,
“Even though I am nervous about the speech I have to give, I choose to remember that I have practised well and have an audience who want to hear what I have to say.”
Matrix Reimprinting, as created by Karl Dawson, helps to release upsetting memories by allowing you to interact with yourself at the time of the event and release the emotions and change the memory to a more positive one. The start of the process makes use of EFT finger points while focussing on an upsetting memory and then classical EFT. A subset of Matrix Reimprinting, Matrix Birth Reimprinting as created by Sharon King, allows to go back to the womb and reimprint your birth experience, which will change your energy levels, mood, and wellbeing in the present.
A simplified adaptation of EFT, created by Steve Wells and Dr David Lake. SET skips the setup statements and in addition to the standard short form classical EFT points, it includes the finger points and side of the hand.
PET (Provocative Energy Techniques)
Also developed by Steve Wells and Dr David Lake, PET is a unique integration of principles and techniques from the Meridian-based therapies (mainly SET), with the humorous and paradoxical communication style and techniques of Provocative Therapy.
The Picture Tapping Technique is a way of using EFT or other Energy Psychology techniques along with the power of metaphor and the imagination. It involves drawing a quick picture about how you feel about the issue and then tapping on what you see on the picture. This process is repeated until the issue is resolved. This method was developed by Philip Davis and Christine Sutton.
Created by Deborah Donndelinger, combines the concepts of Family Constellations with classical EFT and is used to release issues where ancestral history contributes to the underlying causes. A business version of Family Energetics called Business Energetics was developed by Sejual Shah
Tapping is another word that refers to EFT. Paul McKenna makes use of tapping in his “I can make you thin” programme and others. One of the most popular uses of the term Tapping is within the Tapping Solution as created by Nick and Jessica Ortner. They generally use classical EFT.
The way I work is to include strands from many of the above styles in order to best fit the client. If you would like to book a session to see what it is like, go here. To download a free classical EFT manual, go here or to attend a workshop to learn classical EFT which can be a step towards becoming an AAMET practitioner, go here.
I am not familiar with all styles mentioned above and the list is by no means complete so do let me know if you have any suggestions/ additions.