Research Spotlight EFT Tapping for PTSD with Dr Peta Stapleton



Dr Peta Stapleton, clinical and health psychologist and world researcher in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping, makes research easy to understand in these spotlights. In 2019 Dr Peta was named Psychologist of the Year by the Australian Allied Health Awards, for her research contributions in EFT Tapping.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping is a brief stress reduction intervention and uses a two finger tapping process on acupuncture points with a cognitive statement.
EFT has been researched in clinical trials and has over 250 publications indicating its effectiveness for a range of concerns.

This video outlines key research of EFT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including DNA studies and a meta analysis.

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References in this talk –

Church, Dawson. “The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Pilot Protocol.” Traumatology 16, no.1 (March 2009): 55-65.

Church, D., Geronilla, L., and Dinter, I. “Psychological symptom change in veterans after six sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): An observational study.” International Journal of Healing and Caring 9, no. 1 (2009): 1-13.

Church, Dawson et al. “Psychological trauma symptom improvement in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease 201 (2013): 153–160.

Geronilla, L et al. “EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) remediates PTSD and psychological symptoms in veterans: A randomized controlled replication trial.” Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment 8, no.2 (2016): 29–41.

Church, Dawson and Brooks, Audrey. “CAM and energy psychology techniques remediate PTSD symptoms in veterans and spouses.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 10 (2014): 24-33.

Church, D., Sparks, T., and Clond, M. “EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Resiliency in Veterans at Risk for PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 12, no. 5 (2016): 355 – 365.

Stein, P. and Brooks, A. “Efficacy of EFT provided by coaches versus licensed therapists in veterans with PTSD.” Energy Psychology Journal: Theory, Research & Treatment 3 (2011) doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2011.3.1.PKS

Hartung, J., and Stein, P. “Telephone delivery of EFT (emotional freedom techniques) remediates PTSD symptoms in veterans.” Energy Psychology Journal: Theory, Research & Treatment 4 (2011): 33-40.

Karatzias, T et al. “A controlled comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of two psychological therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing vs. emotional freedom techniques.” Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease 199, no.6 (2011): 372-378

Al-Hadethe A, Hunt N, Al-Qaysi G, and Thomas S. “Randomised Controlled Study Comparing Two Psychological Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) vs. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET).” Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment 4, no.4 (2015): 1-12. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000145

Nemiro, A. and Papworth, S. “Efficacy of two evidence-based therapies, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of gender violence in the Congo: A randomized controlled trial.” Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment 7, no.2 (2015): 13-25. doi:10.9769/EPJ.2015.11.1.AN

Metcalf, O et al. “Efficacy of fifteen emerging interventions for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review.” Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29, no.1 (2016): 88–92. doi:10.1002/jts.22070

Sebastian, B., and Nelms, J. “The effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 13 (2017): 16–25. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2016.10.001

Church, Dawson. “Emotional Freedom Techniques to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: Review of the Evidence, Survey of Practitioners, and Proposed Clinical Guidelines.” The Permanente Journal, 21 (2017): 16–100.

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