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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is EFT?
    EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a form of energy psychology. Energy psychology is a branch of pyschology that addresses the mind and body systems in tandem in order to address the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. EFT is an advancement in our ability to help ourselves and others heal and grow. It integrates about 42 other helping modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, talk, NLP and various somatic methods. A core principle of energy psychology is the understanding that the root cause of psychological problems is emotional stress. And unresolved emotional stress can cause physical, mental and performance issues. Therefore it is essential to address the root emotional stress when attempting to resolve mental or physical trauma.
  • What is the difference between EFT and Conscious EFT?
    EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and was created by Gary Craig in 1995. Conscious EFT is a trauma-informed version of EFT that was created by Nancy Forrester, Executive Director of the National EFT Training Institute in Ontario, Canada. In EFT, going to the oldest (and often biggest) trauma used to be encouraged. In Conscious EFT, the approach is to stay in the present and work with what you feel in the moment. The philosophy of Conscious EFT is that the present is all there is. With that in mind, to facillitate change, we need to work with what we are feeling in the present moment.
  • Are there any studies to back up the effectiveness of EFT, or is this just another "my friend tried it and it worked" pseudoscience?
    EFT has over 100 published, peer reviewed studies to back up its claims, more than most other accepted self-help methods, and is considered to be an evidence based intervention. Peta Stapleton wrote an excellent book, "The Science Behind EFT". Check out her ongoing work on her website. EFT International also dedicates a page to the Science and Research behind EFT. See it here.
  • How does EFT work?
    Researchers are not exactly sure how EFT works. What we do know is that when we stimulate acupressure points the amygdala is stimulated, so it might be that we are saying, "You're safe, it's safe, we're safe" to our amygdala. Since the amygdala is in charge of our stress responses, if it feels safe, we feel less stressed out.
  • How has more than 18 years of EFT tapping changed your life, Kimberly?
    EFT has profoundly changed how I relate to the world. I still have my moments of overwhelm, but I can see the truth in most situations, and act accordingly. I have less in the way of anger and feelings of disappointment and betrayal when life happens...and those feelings are rarely extreme. My kids say I am "creepy calm". I think that's a compliment. And yet, I still find joy in things. For example, I was recently brought to tears by a delicious cup of Earl Grey tea.
  • How do I become a Certified EFT Practitioner?
    If you are just learning about EFT, start with an Introductory EFT course. I recommend my EFT for Personal Transformation course. Once you have played around with EFT a little, there are many paths to EFT Certification. I recommend starting with a level 1&2 course through EFT International. Visit their website to check out trainings on line and in person throughout the world. I can also recommend the National EFT Training Institute in Canada. If you are serious about Certification but need more structure, NeftTI offers a Harness the Power of EFT nine month course which will take you all the way to accreditation if you do the work. I recommend starting with their DISCOVER the Power of EFT course, offered in person and now also available online from anywhere in the world.
  • What if my question isn't answered here?
    No problem. You can contact Kimberly via email, text or phone, or book a free 15 minute Curiosity Call to get your questions answered. In honour of Kimberly's high school Biology teacher, Mr. Braun, if she doesn't know the answer, we will do our best to find out for you.
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