Is EFT simply a placebo or distraction from the problem?
No. Placebo effects require some belief in the process and this is rarely the case for newcomers to EFT. Also, although EFT may appear to be distracting, it is quite the opposite and will not work if the client is, in fact, distracted. That is why the client continually repeats a reminder phrase, which "tunes in" to the problem.
Are the results permanent?
When EFT is properly applied for specific events or aspects, the results are almost always permanent.
Why use EFT rather than a different form of therapy?
EFT often works where all else has failed.
EFT can get to the root of the problem very quickly.
EFT is simple to use and can be used as a self help tool, which people find useful to assist them in times of need or to speed up the process when working with a therapist, by doing "homework" between sessions.
EFT is safe.
EFT can be done via the telephone or Skype, which means geographic location ceases to be a problem.
Are the tapping order and location important?
You can tap in any order you wish, it's just that it's easier to memorise from top to bottom.
You can tap on either side of you face and body, or even on both sides at the same time.
I suggest that you tap with several fingers so you have a better chance of attaining the point.
I've always heard that it's so important to focus on the positive so why all this focus on the negative?
The language that we use in the EFT sequence always aims at the negative. This is essential because it is the negative that creates the energy disruptions that the EFT tapping clears (and thus brings peace to the system). EFT needs to aim at the negative so it can be neutralized. This allows our natural positives to bubble up to the top.
We can also do positive tapping in EFT, but only once the issue has been fully acknowledged and cleared, if not we may be once more covering up the issue with pleasant sounding words.
Do I have to believe in EFT in order for it to work for me?
EFT works whether you believe in it or not.
If the emotional or physical intensity related to my problem don't change, or come back after a few hours or days, does that mean EFT didn't work?
This can mean that other aspects have popped up or you are addressing a problem that is too general. Also, check to see if you haven't switched to another problem (or "snapshot").
If you are dealing with physical pain, check to see if it has changed location or aspect (For example., it's less strong but more spread out, it's moved to the other side of your back etc.). If this is the case, continue the tapping rounds on these new aspects and in turn, any ones that may follow.
Being specific may take some practice, as we tend to want to deal with the whole problem all at once. If you are finding this confusing or difficult, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As mentioned before, being specific as well as breaking problems down into little pieces is one of the key elements in being successful with EFT.
Are there any negative side effects to EFT?
By comparison to almost any other process, EFT is gentle and rarely has any serious side effects. For this reason it is often used instead of other procedures. In 1997, an informal questionnaire was put out to 250 therapists asking for descriptions of significant abreactions with EFT or TFT. Out of an estimated 10,000 applications of these energy tapping procedures only 20 such cases were reported. This approximates 2/10 of 1%. This informal questionnaire is not put forward as an official study and therefore does not suggest that there is minimal risk involved. Anyone using EFT must assume full responsibility for their results and seek appropriate advice if needed.
How many sessions will it take to deal with my issue?
Here is Gary Craig's answer to this question: "There isn't an easy, pat answer to this question. There are so many variables among people and issues that it could take 1 session or 5. Some might even be more than that. Complex issues, weight issues, abuse, trauma, and many others often take several sessions. Often I'm done with someone in 30 minutes, depending on the circumstances. I find that we can often deal with 1-3 issues per session. However, many people have multiple issues making it hard to tell without really getting into the matter.
One lady, for instance called me because she was 'stuck' at work and couldn't seem to get the recognition she wanted. That seemed, on the surface like a relatively easy matter to be dispensed with quickly. As it turned out, however, there was a considerable physical trauma in her life that had to be dealt with, the suicide of a family member, an eating disorder and much more. And while "Ann" didn't think any of those things contributed to her problems at work, they were actually critical to her success (or lack thereof).
So the answer to this question is "It depends". However, long it takes will be considerably less than traditional therapies of any kind, and likely much more effective."