EFT Tapping Frequently Asked Questions

What is EFT (tapping)?

How does tapping work?

Is there any research on the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques?

What does a typical EFT session look like?

Will I have to talk about all my problems or tell you my whole life story?

I’m not into new-age or woo-woo kinds of things. Do I have to believe in EFT for it to work for me?

I am being treated for a physical condition and/or mental health issues. Can I come to you instead of my doctor or therapist?

Are your sessions virtual?

How long is each session?

How many EFT sessions will I need?

Does health insurance pay for your services?

Can I use HSA or FSA funds to pay for EFT tapping sessions?

How much does a session cost?

Can I watch a tapping video or use an app and get the same results as having an EFT session with a practitioner?

What is EFT (tapping)?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is commonly known as tapping. EFT tapping is a mind-body approach that reduces the emotional intensity on thoughts, body sensations, or memories that you find distressing. It belongs to a family of modalities known as cognitive-somatic energy practices and is not traditional talk therapy or counseling.

How does EFT tapping work?

Research into the exact mechanism of how Emotional Freedom Techniques and other cognitive-somatic energy methods work is ongoing. For a comprehensive explanation of the existing theory behind EFT with a list of references, click here.

EFT uses techniques that combine exposure to an issue (by recalling a memory, image, words, or other sensory experience) with a reframing statement and stimulation of specific acupuncture points on the face and body (by tapping lightly on them) to reduce unwanted feelings, reactions, or sensations.

Tapping the acupuncture points helps to unlink the thought in your mind from the negative emotional charge your brain has associated with it, so your body no longer reacts to the thought the same way. In this way, tapping reduces stress in the body.

Studies also show that, over time, tapping helps “rewire” your brain by altering how it processes the information related to the issue on which you’re focusing. These changes in brain activity patterns can be seen in imaging studies (e.g., EEG, fMRI).

By changing the pathways in the brain, you affect how the brain functions. This results in the potential to positively alter your body’s biochemistry, long-standing patterns, and limiting beliefs. Over time, the cumulative effect of these shifts can be life changing.

Is there any research on the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques?

Yes. There are over 100 clinical studies showing EFT to be an effective modality in addressing a variety of issues. These issues include pain, anxiety, burnout, cravings, weight loss, and post-traumatic stress.

Research has found that EFT affects the physical body in ways that include reducing cortisol levels (a main stress hormone) in the blood, improving immune system function, and producing changes in patterns of brain activity (seen on fMRI studies).

Click the link to read more about EFT research and see a list of studies.

What does a typical EFT tapping session look like?

A session with a certified Clinical EFT practitioner is interactive. You’ll choose an issue you’d like to work on. We’ll identify a good starting point for the session related to that issue. Then, we’ll go through a process where you will lightly tap on specific points on your face and body with your fingertips while holding in mind a specific thought, body sensation, or feeling. You don’t have to prepare anything in advance. The practitioner will guide you through and tap along with you.

Typically, you’ll be repeating various phrases while you tap (although this isn’t always the case). The phrases will be tailored to the specific issue at hand and will use your own words. We continually change the phrases throughout the session based on what occurs as the session progresses. We always make sure to keep the emotional intensity at a manageable level – no matter what might show up for you – so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Other techniques such as shorter guided meditation processes also may be included during a session as needed. At the end of each session, we’ll discuss ways for you to continue work on the issue on your own as appropriate.

Will I have to talk about all my problems or tell you my whole life story?

No. EFT is not traditional talk therapy. While talking about your issue is usually involved to some extent, EFT is body-based, and the amount of detail about your problem that you choose to share during a session is always up to you.

In fact, there are techniques within the framework of EFT that don’t require you to talk about the details of your problem at all for you to get relief and experience a shift.

I’m not into new-age or woo-woo kinds of things. Do I have to believe in EFT for it to work for me?

No. EFT is not a spiritual or faith-based practice. It is an evidence-based method that works at the nervous system level. Belief is not required to see results.

I am being treated for a physical condition and/or mental health issue. Can I come to you instead of seeing my doctor or therapist?

No. I am not a doctor, psychotherapist, or counselor, and EFT is not a substitute for formal medical or psychological care.

EFT is an excellent complement to treatments you receive from your healthcare providers. It’s particularly helpful if your healing process seems stuck and you can’t figure out why.

Are your sessions virtual?

Yes. All EFT sessions currently are virtual and are conducted over secure video conference.

How long is each session?

The free consultation phone call is 20 minutes long to see if your needs and my services are an appropriate fit.

The new client session is 90 minutes long and includes an initial assessment, instruction in proper technique, and in-depth work on your issue using EFT.

Follow-up appointments can be scheduled for 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

How many EFT sessions will I need?

It depends both on the scope of the issue and your willingness to work on it. Sometimes a few sessions are enough to address an issue effectively. Complex issues tend to require more time.

There is no prescribed formula for determining the number of sessions a person needs. We’ll work together to come up with a plan, but you ultimately decide what feels right for you.

Does health insurance pay for EFT sessions?

No. Health insurance does not cover EFT tapping sessions.

Can I use HSA or FSA funds to pay for EFT tapping sessions?

EFT services may be eligible for reimbursement from health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) depending on your plan. You may need to obtain a letter of medical necessity from your doctor for the expense to be covered. Check with the organization that manages your HSA or FSA for details.

How much does a session cost?

The new client 90-minute visit (includes an initial assessment, instruction in proper technique, and in-depth work on your issue using EFT) is $225.

Rates for single follow-up sessions:

  • 30-minute session – $80 (Not recommended for traumatic issues.)
  • 60-minute session – $160
  • 90-minute session – $199

Package and intensive options are also available.

Can I watch a tapping video or use an app and get the same results as having an EFT session with a practitioner?

There are many people who find a tapping video or app to be helpful for immediate symptom relief. However, videos and apps can’t take your individual life circumstances into account or provide the guidance to address deeper issues that may be involved with a long-standing issue.

Working with a skilled, certified practitioner will get you where you want to be faster and more effectively with a higher likelihood of producing long-term change.