EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques

We have come to believe that we must rely on others to get our needs met and to gain the resources we need to live the lives we desire.

The truth is that we have the answers to our greatest challenges within ourselves.  All we need is a genuine commitment to change and the tools and techniques to access and heal from our negative core beliefs.

You don’t have to spend tons of time and money on therapy to create the life you want to live.

I offer you a variety of techniques that go beyond the limits of your conscious day to day thinking down into the subconscious to the roots of your core beliefs and related issues.  You can use these techniques whenever you need to without having to continue to rely on me or anyone else to complete your healing process.

What Is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of Energy Psychology that quickly gets to the roots of our psychological and physical imbalances by literally tapping into our subconscious, limiting core belief system, and releases them. This is the source of our ills and dissatisfaction.

How Does EFT Work?

EFT incorporates the understanding of Eastern medicine that our emotional and physical imbalances are created by disruptions in our Chi or energy system. These imbalances are largely created by subconscious core beliefs that tell us we do not deserve to be happy, well and at peace. EFT works to restore balance within the energy system by engaging the mind and body in sending new information to the subconscious by pairing positive cognition with the stimulation of key acupuncture points.

We release our limiting beliefs and false notions by identifying early wounds and traumas and then dismantling and neutralizing them so that they no longer have power over us. At the same time, we are providing our minds and bodies with new information that will promote our overall healing and return to balance.

I fully and completely love and accept myself.

What is the process?

We begin by identifying a particular issue to be addressed and assessing the level of its distress for us by giving it a score of 0-10 with 10 being highly distressing.

We then create a setup statement related to that issue. The setup statement looks like this:

Even though I ______________, I completely love and accept myself.

We make this statement while rubbing our sore spot—located in the chest area where you would normally pin a piece of jewelry. The sore spot is an acupuncture meridian related to the lymphatic system. This spot may feel tender when you rub it because lymphatic congestion occurs here. Rubbing the spot helps your body to disperse the congestion. And so we begin by rubbing this spot and repeating the setup statement.

We then move on to tapping nine key acupuncture points located on the head, torso, and under the arms. See the diagram below.


tender / sore spot – Place your right hand over your heart. In the area where your fingertips land, rub gently until you find a place that’s a little more sensitive than the surrounding area. This is the “sore” spot.

karate chop point – the outer edge of hand in fleshy part below the pinky finger

TAPPING POINTS (listed in order we tap them)

  1. eyebrow – inner edge of the eyebrow, just above the nose
  2. side of eye – on the bone, just outside the outer edge of the eye
  3. under eye – on the bone directly under the pupil
  4. under the nose – center point under the nose, above the lip
  5. chin – the center of the chin, right in the crease
  6. collarbone – under the collarbone, about 2″ to either side of midline
  7. under the arm – 4″ below armpit (women: middle of bra band, men: even with the nipple)
  8. liver – at the lower edge of ribs, just outside imaginary line down from the nipple
  9. wrist – 3 points on each wrist, below crease where wrist joins hand
  10. top of the head – the crown of the head

As we tap these points, we continue to make self-affirming statements. The process is rather easy to learn, but it does take some practice. I invite you to contact me to learn more about how this simple-but-profound tool can work for you.

What are all the areas EFT can be used for healing?

  • All Emotional Issues
  • Pain Management
  • Addictions
  • Weight Loss
  • Vision
  • Allergies
  • Children’s Issues
  • Sports and other Performance
  • Headaches
  • Panic/Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Dyslexia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Claustrophobia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Fear of Flying
  • Back Pain Relief
  • Eating disorders
  • Anorexia/Bulimia
  • Blood Pressure
  • Neuropathy
  • Everything Else

How long does EFT take to work?

Everyone’s experience is different. While EFT typically works much more rapidly to get to and heal the core issues at the root of our difficulties than traditional methods of Western psychology, it can take more time to work with some issues than with others. Remember too, that you are learning new tools and techniques that may take some time to get down. The more you practice, the more rapidly you will heal.

Do I have to give up other treatments for EFT to work?

One of the best things about EFT is that you own your healing process. If you are undergoing treatment for any particular condition, and that treatment is helping you, then there is no reason to give it up. In fact, EFT can be a great compliment to other treatment modalities.


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Anita Bains, MS, RN

Anita Bains (licensed and certified advanced practice registered nurse) is a dynamic, creative and client-centered psychotherapist who uses a unique and holistic approach that incorporates alternative and complementary therapies.

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Anita sees clients at Shulman and Associates, 660 Kenilworth Dr., Suite 102, Towson, MD. 21204