How can Coaching complement EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioners?

Life can be stressful. There are all kinds of emotions that build up and can cause people to struggle in their lives and workplace. Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT practitioners can often help clients find quick relief from hindering emotions that stem from a traumatic event or experience. In fact, research has found over 100 studies that support the effectiveness of EFT treatment.

EFT practitioners considering coach training will be able to offer clients a well-rounded treatment experience. While the EFT technique can often help clients release toxic emotions from their system, a coaching approach helps them look forward and plan for a brighter and more healthy future.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Technique, also called Tapping, is built upon acupuncture therapies. The theory is that, like in acupuncture, there are some points that the practitioner can tap on to release emotional stress.

The idea behind EFT is called Energy Psychology, which is primarily concerned with the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, according to the National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute. The belief is that emotional stress causes psychological problems. Thus, EFT practitioners strive to free their clients from unresolved emotional stress. It is said to have the following therapeutic benefits:

  • Gentle and non-invasive
  • Easy to learn
  • Easy to apply
  • EFT is tested, verified and proven effective for clinical cases
  • Results are often quick allowing clients to feel immediate relief

EFT Techniques

When it comes to treating clients, EFT practitioners use a more hands-on approach than other therapies. Practitioners tap on specific points of the body that are identified through acupuncture. In addition, EFT practitioners seek to gain more understanding about the client’s emotional state, such as what the traumatic or painful experience was that lead up to the psychological problem. There are many conditions that EFT can treat, including:

  • PTSD
  • Childhood trauma
  • Insomnia
  • Smoking
  • Weight
  • Food addiction
  • Professional performance
  • Low motivation
  • Confidence challenges
  • Pregnancy stress
  • Physical or emotional abuse trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Anger issues
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • And more

The goal of EFT treatment is to help the client find release from the emotion linked to the event or traumatic experience. Once the client is able to emotionally detach it is believed the psychological problem will also be remedied. It is important to note that EFT does not help the client forget the event or experience, but rather takes away the intense emotion linked to the occurrence. It is said to help people overcome fear, stress, anxiety and other strong emotions that can paralyze individuals in their lives and work.

How coaching can complement EFT practices

Most clients looking for EFT or coaching tend to have similar issues. These are either professional performance problems or emotional issues. A practitioner who has experience in both life coaching and EFT techniques will be able to help clients overcome their issues as well as set a course for their future.

When clients seek out EFT practitioners to overcome traumatic or emotionally stressful events in their past that are still hindering their lives, they first need to release the emotion from the event or experience. Once an EFT practitioner has helped the client disconnect the emotion from the event they can then focus on coaching.

Coaching following EFT treatment can help clients move forward more easily and effectively. Having overcome the emotional paralysis they felt can bring on a new, positive view of their future. It is at this point that a practitioner can help clients set goals and define steps to reach those goals.

The added benefit of EFT practitioners who have coach training is that if the client discovers any other emotional stress that they need to overcome the practitioner can move from coaching back to EFT treatment.

Tips to use coaching for EFT clients

EFT practitioners often approach clients as if the client is ready to bring about change in their lives. However, not all clients who seek out EFT treatment may be ready for the impact that the treatment may have on their lives. This is where coach training can help.

There are several different aspects of coach training that can be beneficial when handling clients. One of the first elements is assessment. Rather than diving into treatment with a patient coaches will assess their clients first. They are looking to see how ready and willing this individual is to change and how they can best help them.

If your client has completed EFT treatment it is a good idea to offer them some life coaching to help them get started building a successful future. There are several ways that you can approach goal setting and guide your clients in reaching their dreams. Depending on the client’s past and personality life coaches can determine the best goal setting technique.


There are a number of experiences or events that can leave us emotionally wounded and trapped. This is where EFT has been effective for clients. Using the EFT technique, practitioners are able to help clients overcome the paralysis by releasing them from the emotion connected to the event or occurrence. However, once the client has experienced this release they will no longer need EFT treatment, but could benefit from life coaching.

Those EFT practitioners who have undertaken coach training and become accredited will be best positioned to help clients overcome traumatic events or experience and build a successful future. Essentially, you will be able to offer your clients the best of both worlds.

EFT practitioners looking to complement their practice with some coaching training to gain accreditation as a life coach can find out more at