EFT Emotional Freedom Technique for Depression

EFT is a treatment that works on the idea of energy fields and has a whole host of things it can be used for with depression and anxiety being just two ailments that it is known to benefit. There has been western scientific research done on EFT and its benefits and now, it has been found to be beneficial and can be found in use within hospitals at times as a complementary therapy. When choosing an EFT specialist as your chosen therapy in helping you to heal from depression or anxiety it is likely you have many questions about what to expect and have some apprehension if using a therapy that is new to you.  We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer some of your questions and concerns surrounding EFT in order to help you select the right therapist for you and on this page, we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before seeking emotional freedom technique treatment.


What is EFT?

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points.

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EFT is often referred to as “psychological acupressure”, the therapy works by releasing blockages within our energy system. It is believed that this energy system is the source of all our emotional intensity and discomfort whether for good or bad and sometimes contains ‘blockages’ which causes us both physical and mental discomfort. When we experience emotional difficulties or physical pain in our lives we can sometimes generate limiting beliefs and behaviours that stop us living a life that is harmonious. It is well known that emotional discomfort is often a great cause of physical symptoms and diseases and for this reason, EFT is often used as a help to heal from physical pains. More and more medical and psychiatric professionals are recognising the effectiveness of EFT and as such is a therapy that can be used to treat depression, anxiety and stress with some even arguing it is better at treating depression than CBT is.

What to Expect From EFT

An EFT therapist during your first session will likely discuss the issues you want to work on, things that are causing you bother and can be quite emotionally charged. If you aren’t sure what is causing you bother but you do know you feel depressed or anxious then that can be the starting point of your tapping session. When you tap on a particular subject often the feelings are reduced from each time you do tapping but also, as you are tapping into an emotion, thought, memory or feeling another may arise that is more intense and then your therapist will likely advise you to start working on that particular emotional difficulty as these are the blockages that are within your body and need working on.

When you discuss your problems your therapist will likely ask you how intense is the negative emotion you are having with that thought or idea from 0 to 10, 0 being not at all to 10 being very difficult. As each tapping session ends then you will recalculate the numbers on those particular fields.

No drugs are used in EFT and although it can be difficult at first to discuss emotional traumas or pains it has known to help many people who venture in this therapy.

As we go through life there are many emotional traumas and memories that may need to be dealt with and so it is likely you will need at least 5 sessions and then you could possibly be able to do this on your own.


What is EFT, tapping and examples of the use of EFT?

Below are some examples of what EFT can be used for : –

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship Problems
  • Relationship with Money
  • Family Problems
  • Addictions
  • Women’s Issues
  • Pain Relief
  • Fears and Phobias

EFT is a form of acupressure that uses light tapping instead of needles to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points. The tapping on the designated points on the face and body is combined with verbalising the identified problem followed by a general affirmation phrase. Combining these ingredients of the EFT technique balances the energy system and appears to relieve psychological stress and physiological pain. Restoring the balance of the energy system allows the body and mind to resume their natural healing abilities.

Alan Curtis


How Can EFT Help Ease My Depression?

EFT can help ease your depression because it helps you to release trapped and suppressed emotions and memories that are stopping you from living life fully. It is often the case that you will cry, possibly get angry or even start laughing for no apparent reason as you are releasing emotions that are blocked within your body.

How Much Does A Typical EFT Session Cost?

If you are based in the UK you can ask your GP for help with EFT on the NHS and there may be able to guide you towards a particular therapist but often there is a wait. If this is the case then you can go private ( and we have several EFT practitioners in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia) where costs range from £30/$50 per session and sometimes can go up to £75/$100 and occasionally more depending upon the therapist’s experience, speciality and location


How Long Does It Take To Heal Depression With EFT?

You will meet your therapist regularly possibly around five times, sometimes more but eventually, with regular practice, you can start doing EFT on your own.

What If EFT Doesn’t Work For Me?

First of all, don’t worry!

If you think psychotherapy is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion and you will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can and you deserve to feel better. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel psychotherapy is working at all then do not be disheartened, there are many, many different types of therapy to heal from depression and psychotherapy is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find hypnotherapy works better or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option.

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Please note : This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thankyou