EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE also known as EFT Tapping.
EFT is a form of Energy Psychology. It was first developed by Dr.Roger Callahan a trained psychologist who worked with a client called Mary with a water phobia.
He had been treating Mary for a year using all the psychotherapy techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnosis, relaxation therapy, rational-emotive therapy, systemic desensitization, biofeedback and more. They were techniques accepted by psychologists and psychiatrists at large.
Through his curiosity about the functioning of the mind and body, he started studying the body’s meridians which derived from Ancient, Chinese medical systems of acupuncture which are defined as energy channels that carry life force to the meridians associated with different organs. The meridians run up and down either side of the body, each associated with an organ, stomach, gallbladder, and kidney and so on.
In the therapy session, Mary disclosed she had a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach when she thought of water. Dr Callahan got her to tap on the stomach meridian and discovered the fear and nightmares about water had completely gone.
Dr Callaghan then went on to develop a set of algorithms or sequences of tapping on these end points of meridians.
One of Dr Callahan’s students, Gary Craig then simplified it and went on to create short a single sequence and named it EFT, short for Emotional Freedom Techniques’.