Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or EFT Tapping

When we experience stress it does not just live in our emotional mind.  Those emotions are paired with physical experiences of our body. Often we feel headaches, upset stomachs, tight chest or muscles, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and a number of other things.  This physical experience is not just a one-way path from emotion to the body stress. These experiences are paired in ways that also mean when we feel body stresses for any reason, it can cause us emotional distress.

EFT Tapping helps by helping to break those connections, ease body distress, and help the emotional mind return to a place of calm.  It does this by helping your body to focus on feelings other than its discomfort. Simultaneously this reduces muscle tension by gently working through the point of stress and trauma using exposure therapy and cognitive therapy.

What is EFT Tapping for Anxiety, Trauma, and Depression?

Emotional Freedom Techniques, or more commonly known as “EFT Tapping” is an evidence-based technique for working through trauma, stress, phobias, depression, and anxiety by addressing how you experience that stress in your body, not just your mind.

EFT tapping for trauma and anxiety is a brief intervention combining elements of exposure, cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation of acupressure points on the face and body. 

What are the benefits of EFT Tapping in Madison, WI?

Tapping is a tool that once learned can be employed anywhere. In our day-to-day lives, things have a way of popping up and throwing us off our game or causing us to have a worse day. EFT Tapping can be used in these moments to keep a bad 5 minutes, from becoming a bad day. It can help to back us out of those difficulties when used in real-time. 

Some emotional experiences don’t happen just once. They can come in waves or cycles. Our pain and stress can go silent for long periods. Then it can be triggered into our lives and end up being just as strong as it was the first time we felt it. EFT Tapping can not only address these moments as they come but can also reduce the frequency and impact of these moments over time. Therefore, they don’t hurt as much when they do show up.

How does Tapping work?

The process starts by learning a routine. First, gently tapping some of the various points on your body around your face, upper body, and hand.  After learning how to do that you identify the problem and give it a rating of 1 to 10 about how strong the problem is. Then, we identify hopeful outcomes and positive statements about yourself. We then begin the process of talking about the problem, while you practice the tapping. As we talk through the issues you should begin to feel a reduction in the negative feelings and body reactions. 


In the end, we again check in to see how strong the problem is now.  Often there can be some immediate relief,  but sometimes repeating the process can help more. Tapping combines conventional psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and physiology in the form of acupressure originating in some eastern healing practices.

Begin EFT Tapping Therapy in Madison, WI Today!

When you are ready to begin EFT tapping therapy, we are here for you. Dealing with complex intense emotions can be frustrating to encounter on a daily basis. At our practice, you will work with a therapist who is right for your specific needs. We know therapy can be a source of stress, in the beginning, therefore, we strive to make it simple! Our Madison, WI-based therapists can even help you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Wisconsin. To get started, just follow these three steps:

  1. Call our office at 608-571-0558 or e-mail us to make an appointment

  2. Talk with our Client Care Coordinator to find the tapping therapist for you

  3. Start feeling more in control of your emotions in your day-to-day life.

More Mental Health Services at Golden Vibes Counseling Center

At our Madison, WI therapy clinic, we want you to be heard and receive the best care possible. People are unique and come from different backgrounds, therefore, we are proud to be able to provide a wide range of services for your specific needs. From therapy in our chic, contemporary counseling space to expert online counseling in Wisconsin, we are ready to meet you where you are. Our professional therapists can help you using a variety of approaches including, DBT, Mindfulness, Narrative, Art therapyACT, Exposure TherapyCBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting. These methods can help with sexual assault recovery, depression treatmentanxiety therapy, reproductive or maternal mental health, multicultural counseling, child therapy, therapy for college students, psychoeducational assessmentsOCD treatmentmore. We also specialize in LGBTQAI+ counseling and poly-affirming therapies and can assist with gender-affirming care. Our therapists are ready to meet you where you are and help you develop techniques that allow you to live a more fulfilling life.