Self-help Guide: Tapping

Why is EFT (Tapping) helpful when we’re stressed, fearful or anxious?

Firstly, what is EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique Therapy or Tapping?

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a method used to help us manage emotions and troubling thoughts. 

We can use it to lower our stress and anxiety. For example, EFT may help calm us if we feel angry, fearful, anxious. Or it may help ease our thoughts if we’re worried or stressed about something, someone or an emotional situation.

How does EFT heal trauma?

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT or ‘Tapping’ is a scientifically proven technique which can release any ‘blockages’ in this energy, which can be the source of emotional intensity and discomfort, and has shown to be incredibly effective at treating PTSD, including for returned soldiers from any war-torn conflict.
  • Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as Tapping or psychological acupressure.
  • People who use this technique find Tapping our body can create a balance in our energy system and can treat pain. According to EFT’s developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.  Though still being researched, EFT Tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does EFT Tapping work?

Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the body’s meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to our body’s energy. Restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms which a negative experience or emotion may have caused. 

Based on Chinese Medicine, meridian points are areas of the body, which energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain our health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness. 

Although Acupuncture will apply pressure to these meridian energy points, EFT uses our own fingertips tapping on the same points to apply that pressure. 

People who use EFT say the tapping helps access our body’s energy and sends signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. Users say that stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping, can reduce the stress or negative emotion we feel about our distressing issue, thus restoring balance to our disrupted energy.

Here’s how to help yourself with Tapping

EFT tapping focuses on tapping nine of the 12 meridian points of the body to relieve symptoms of a negative experience or emotion.

There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on the following nine points:

  1. side of hand, sometimes referred to as “karate chop” (KC): small intestine meridian
  2. top of head (TH): governing vessel
  3. eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
  4. side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
  5. under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
  6. under the nose (UN): governing vessel
  7. chin (Ch): central vessel
  8. beginning of the collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
  9. under the arm pit (UA): spleen meridian
  • Before starting tapping, you need to establish a phrase that explains what issue you’re trying to address. The phrase must focus on two main goals:  acknowledging the issue exists and accepting yourself despite the problem. 
  • A common setup phrase might be: “Even though I have this (fear or problem or anxiety in my body), I deeply and completely accept myself.”
  • You can always alter this phrase so that it fits your problem, but it must not address someone else’s problem.  For example, you can’t say, “Even though my mother is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself.”  Instead, you focus on how the problem makes you feel in order to relieve the distress it causes you. e.g. It’s better to say, “Even though I’m sad my mother is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Begin by tapping the side of the hand point while simultaneously reciting your focus you want to change or YOUR personal setup phrase three times. 

Then, tap each point seven times, moving down the body in descending order from steps 1-9.


Can hypnosis get rid of Anxiety?

a guide for anxious people who may be anxious about hypnotherapy

Yes, hypnosis can help many anxiety disorders, like old “unwanted” habits that relate to anxiety, fears and phobias such as fear of driving over high bridges, fear of flying,  fear of the dentist,  fear of doctors and surgery,  anxiety about needles,  anxiety about storms, social anxiety, body dysmorphia anxiety, picky eating or AFRID (Avoidant  Restrictive Food Disorder), nail-biting anxiety, Tinnitus, hair pulling, sports behaviour and anxiety about sports performance, enhancement, panic, lack of confidence, relationship difficulties, etc.

So, what is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is the tool. Hypnotherapy is the means by which the tool works, using hypnosis with psychotherapy and counselling, helping people to change, understand and better use their emotions.

Anxious people may be anxious about how hypnotherapy works 

Evidence shows that hypnosis isn’t just a placebo (sugar pill effect of manifesting the expected result), instead, it does make changes happen in the brain. Neurocognitive research and the use of PET scans and MRI scans, demonstrate this.

What happens during hypnotherapy for anxiety?

Usually In a clinical hypnotherapy session, after a question and answer by the hypnotherapist, she/ he uses different ways to help you get into a trance-like state. Most people find they like to close their eyes and enjoy relaxing. Then awaken to calm relaxed awareness about their issue for the next few days, weeks, months, or years.

During a hypnosis session, your experience helps you relax and focus your mind. This state is similar to sleep, but your mind will be very focused and more able to respond to suggestions. While in this relaxed state, you’re more willing to focus on your subconscious mind.

The hypnotherapist may tell stories, or paint word pictures, or use direct talking to give positive suggestions while you focus your attention in this relaxed, pleasant and comfortable state.  Some people while in hypnosis use their imagination to help them imagine the changes that they want to make, while others half listen and drift off vaguely then returning to half listening.  You are in control.

Most people feel comfortable and just want to relax. At the end of the session, the hypnotherapist may ask you to open your eyes when you are ready, feeling motivated, refreshed, committed to making changes you’ve decided to make in your life. 

Are you worried that hypnotherapy may not work on everyone?

People need to want to change, so it needs to be the right time to change for them.

If a potential client is fearful of hypnosis or believes some of the myths (e.g. they will be made to quack like a duck, as in a stage hypnotist act), then they may not feel that they want to go into hypnosis. However, hypnotherapists are trained to provide information and help the person feel relaxed and in control. So, you need to have a good rapport and trust in the hypnotherapist who needs to understand the things that you want to change and they need to have the knowledge and skills to assist you. Usually when you’re in the office with the clinical hypnotherapist, you remain aware and remember what happens. 

Tried and True: how long has Hypnosis been around?

Hypnosis is one of the world’s oldest sciences.  As early as 3,000 B.C. Egyptians used hypnosis according to ancient hieroglyphics, with evidence of Greeks and Mayans understanding and using it as well. 

Hammond found that “Self hypnosis training represent a rapid, cost effective, non-addictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of Anxiety related conditions” Hammond DC “ Neuro therapeutics”, 2010



  • In 2017-18, over half (56.4%) of Australians aged 15 years and over considered themselves to be in excellent or very good health, while 14.7% reported being in fair or poor health. This has remained constant over the last 10 years. 
  • Around one in eight (13.0% or 2.4 million) adults experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress, an increase from 2014-15 (11.7% or 2.1 million).
  • 4.8 million Australians had a mental or behavioural condition
  • In 2017-18, one in five (20.1%) or 4.8 million Australians had a mental or behavioural condition, an increase from 4.0 million Australians (17.5%) in 2014-15. 
  • In 2017-18, 3.2 million Australians (13.1%) had an anxiety-related condition, an increase from 11.2% in 2014-15. 
  • One in ten people (10.4%) had depression or feelings of depression, an increase from 8.9% in 2014-15.


Since the start of the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions in various states, inquiries to the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA) websites have had a significant spike.

Between 24 March 2021 and 31 March 2021 days the HCA Register page views were 7576, up 46% on the prevoius week.

It seem that people are reaching out for professional help in the midst of uncertainty.

There is much published evidence that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a great deal of anxiety in the community.

As hypnotherapists, we are uniquely placed to help those who are distressed. And HCA hopes that these additional searches will result for HCA Registered Hypnotherapists.

For more information on Anxiety, please go to the Anxiety page on this website.

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