Research Spotlight What are the EFT Tapping Meta Analyses? 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 3 meta analyses published on EFT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Anxiety and explains what the results mean. The meta analyses for Thought Field Therapy (TFT) for PTSD is also overviewed.

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References for articles discussed in this video –

Clond, M. (2016). “Emotional Freedom Techniques for anxiety: A systematic review with meta-analysis. ” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 204 (2016): 388-395. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000483

Nelms, J. and Castel, D. “A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and non-randomized trials of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the treatment of depression. ” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 12 (2016) : 416-426. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.001

Edwards, Jenny and Vanchu-Orosco, M. “A meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized trials of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, 2017.

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

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