Emotional Freedom Techniques

A timeless set of tools, “Tapping” or “Meridian Tapping” or “Emotional Freedom Techniques” is an energy-based set of techniques that is based on the ancient practice of acupuncture and acupressure.

Tapping is gaining in recognition and use by practitioners and is both a clinical and self-help modality. It combines cognitive and emotional statements that describe a client’s present state with physical procedures for effecting therapeutic change. In addition to its foundations in well-established psychological theories and techniques, this approach includes principles and practices from non-Western healing modalities.

The TAPPING method to be discussed and demonstrated in this presentation is Emotional Freedom Techniques, which uses a protocol combining CBT strategies with stimulation of acupuncture points by gently tapping, holding or massaging them.


deals with the connection among the body’s energy systems: including the emotions, cognitions or how we think, behaviors and health. These systems are comprised of electrical activity

within the nervous system as well as heart, meridians, chakras, and biofields.

All of our levels of functioning

thoughts, emotions, biochemical, neurological, and genetics

are essentially driven energetically. Our brains and our bodies operate electromagnetically, just as an

audiotape or computer hard drive contains information in electromagnetic fields.

Energy psychology (EP) is applicable to a wide range of areas including psychotherapy,

counselling, education, vocational guidance, physical health, pain management, sports and peak


The theory behind this work is,

"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system, pathways or centres."

The subtle energies that circulate throughout the body have been largely ignored (until recently)

by western scientists. As a result, our use of them for emotional and spiritual healing has been sparse at

best. With EP, however, these subtle energies are considered to be the front running cause of emotional upsets.

The treatment of emotional, cognitive and physical problems, according to EP, is to address the issue while working with the pathway, centre or system. This could be tapping lightly on acupressure points to affect the meridians or moving the energy of the chakras to change the dynamic of how it’s

experienced in the body.

Often, problems are based in our conscious and unconscious beliefs. These beliefs, then, are

“locked” energetically in our bodies; working with both the thoughts as well as the energy around them

can more easily “unlock” their hold within our body


Emotional Freedom Techniques


Presented by Suzan K. Thompson, Ph.D., LPC