EFT: A Self Care Stress Reduction Technique for Health

Peta Stapleton, PhD
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 1
Fletcher Challenge Theatre


EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or Tapping) is a brief psychophysiological intervention combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. EFT has been shown to be comparable to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for many conditions, and in some aspects it achieves the outcomes more quickly.  This presentation will discuss the technique, demonstrate how to use it, outline the current state of clinical research for a wide range of issues including stress, depression, chronic pain and anxiety. Discussion of how EFT can be used by health professionals will be outlined.


Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the locations of the acupuncture points used in EFT
  2. Understand the clinical EFT process and recipe
  3. Understand how to use for clients as a stress reduction technique
  4. Understand the existing research and evidence base for EFT
Peta Stapleton, PhD

Dr Peta Stapleton has 25 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University.

Peta regularly contributes to the academic field with research publications. She regularly reviews for academic journals and offers supervision for new and existing professionals as well as students.

Peta is well known internationally in the area of Clinical EFT and is consulted for podcasts, radio, television and print media for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Peta’s most significant contribution in her research life has been to lead world-first randomized clinical trials investigating  Emotional Freedom Techniques (or ‘Tapping’).  The results have been outstanding. This treatment has now been compared to a gold standard, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and also in an online format. See Peta’s research page at Bond University for publications.

As a result of this research, she has been invited to write The Science Behind Tapping for Hay House, speak at conferences worldwide, and deliver masterclasses as webinars for international audiences.

Peta has also developed the Weight Management Psychology – Emotional Freedom Techniques for Weight Management Online Program with Glenn Mackintosh, and this is now available worldwide.

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