Bethany Snipes, LCSW, LISW-CP  

     Expert Life Coaching and Therapy For Empowerment and Change 

EFT means "Emotional Freedom Techniques" and is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

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 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. (EFT Universe Website)


EFT is on the forefront of the self-improvement and energy psychology movement.  Although, still in the experimental phase, it is a proven effective technique in such populations as veterans, trauma victims, and chronic pain suffers. It is also used effectively for chronic life challenges, including financial difficulties, anger and weight/body image challenges.

Steven Kessler, MFT writes in one of his articles,

EFT is so effective that even beginners typically get

good results about 70% of the time. An expert can

expect to get good results over 90% of the time. In

my 30 years as a therapist, it is the best tool I have

seen for dissolving trauma and freeing the client from

their emotional suffering. And that is why it is called

the Emotional Freedom Technique”

Educated in cognitive therapy and more traditional behavioral techniques, I was also looking for safe and effective techniques that work with the whole person, not just the thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The reason I use clinical EFT in my practice is because I see results for my clients quickly and these results are typically exponential and sustained.  EFT compliments the other techniques I use to help facilitate the change and meet the goals of my clients.