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Theoretical and Review of Tapping

Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies

November 8, 2018

Citation:  Church, D., Stapleton, P., Yang, A, Gallo, F. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 206, No. 10, October 2018 Abstract Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFTs) combine elements of cognitive restructuring and exposure techniques with acupoint stimulation. Meta-analyses indicate large effect sizes for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety; however, treatment effects may be… Read More »

Energy Psychology in the Treatment of PTSD: Psychobiology and Clinical Principles

December 10, 2017

Citation Church, Dawson; Feinstein, David. Excerpted from Psychology of Trauma, edited by Thijs Van Leeuwen and Marieke Brouwer, © 2013, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Abstract Energy Psychology (EP) protocols use elements of established therapies such as exposure and cognitive processing and combine them with the stimulation of acupuncture points. EP methods such as EFT (Emotional… Read More »

Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as Single Session Therapy: Cases, Research, Indications, and Cautions

December 10, 2017

Citation: Church, D. (2013). Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as Single Session Therapy: Cases, Research, Indications, and Cautions. In Capture the Moment: Single Session Therapy and Walk-In Service. (Michael Hoyt & Moshe Talmon, eds). Bethel, CT: Crown House. Abstract Clinical EFT (Emotion Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based practice that combines elements of exposure and cognitive… Read More »

Empirically Supported Psychological Treatments: The Challenge of Evaluating Clinical Innovations

December 10, 2017

Citation Church, D., Feinstein, D., Palmer-Hoffman, J., Stein, P. K., & Tranguch, A. (2014). Empirically supported psychological treatments: The challenge of evaluating clinical innovations. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202(10), 699-709. Abstract Clear and transparent standards are required to establish whether a therapeutic method is “evidence based.” Even when research demonstrates a method to… Read More »

The Case for Energy Psychology: Snake Oil or Designer Tool for Neural Change?

May 25, 2015

The Case for Energy Psychology: Snake Oil or Designer Tool for Neural Change? is an article published in the Psychotherapy Networker by David Feinstein and offers a more personal view of his journey into the world of tapping methods such as EFT and TFT.

The Neurochemistry of Counter-Conditioning; Theories of How Tapping Works

March 1, 2015

Citation: Lane, J. (2009). The Neurochemistry of Counterconditioning: Acupressure Desensitization in Psychotherapy. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 1(1), 31-44. Click here for the Abstract and Full Paper Abstract A growing body of literature indicates that imaginal exposure, paired with acupressure, reduces midbrain hyper-arousal and counter-conditions anxiety and traumatic memories. Recent research indicates that… Read More »

Functional MRI Study Shows Demonstrates that Stimulating Acupuncture Points Reduces Amygdala and Hippocampus Arousal in Normal Subjects

March 1, 2015

Citation: Hui, K,K.S., Liu, J., Makris N., Gollub, R., Chen. A., Moore, C.I., Kennedy, D.N., Rosen, B.R., Kwong, K.K., (2000) Acupuncture modulates the limbic system and subcortical gray structures of the human brain: Evidence from fMRI studies in normal subjects. Human Brain Mapping Vol. 9, Issue 1, p. 13–25, 2000 To view Abstract, link here Abstract Acupuncture, an ancient… Read More »

A 2008 Review of the Evidence for Energy Psychology

March 1, 2015

Citation: Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy Psychology: A Review of the Preliminary Evidence. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213. Click here for Abstract and Full Paper PDF Abstract Energy psychology utilizes imaginal and narrative-generated exposure, paired with interventions that reduce hyperarousal through acupressure and related techniques. According to practitioners, this leads to treatment outcomes… Read More »

A Discussion of Controversies in Energy Psychology

March 1, 2015

An excellent discussion of the controversies involved in exploring the research and application of Energy Psychology and EFT Tapping methodologies authored by David Feinstein.