EFT trainers and practitioners have noted that they have had an increasing number of questions from individuals regarding the similarities and differences between these two sets of techniques. While it is estimated that those who have utilized or trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a significantly greater number, FasterEFT (Emotionally Focused Transformations) and its founder Robert Smith, have published hundreds of online videos and its students accordingly has grown, so inquiries about it have increased accordingly.
EFT as it is addressed in this article specifically is used with regards to EFT as it was first created by EFT founder Gary Craig, and as it continues to be taught as through a number of organizations such as ACEP, AAMET, ACHP, EFT Universe, and AMT. There are a number of different variations of EFT that other individuals have created by individuals that we will not consider in this discussion.
In addressing how EFT and FEFT are similar:
1. Both techniques are a set of healing tools and techniques were designed to affect change and address the inter-relationship between mind and body. Both techniques offer methods that work with the way that an individual experiences events, the accompanying emotions and the thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and even potential physical sequela that result from such events.
2. Both utilize manual tapping on meridian endpoints.
3. Both modalities can be utilized as self-help tool as well as being implemented by another person. Of course best results are likely to be obtained by a skilled and well-trained practitioner, which of course have varying degrees of experience, training, and certification.
4. Both explain that the source of suffering is a person’s perceptions and beliefs based on personal experiences as well as internal and external cues/triggers based upon those experiences and associated perceptions that were formed as a result of significant emotional experiences/traumas.
5. Both attempt to access elements of the subconscious mind as part of the healing process as well as stimulating the somatic/physical aspects of the body, thus implementing a somato-emotional integrated approach towards supporting a state of homeostasis.
6. Both encourage clients and practitioners to try to get to a zero in intensity to thoroughly clear the issue/event.
How EFT and FEFT differ:
1. EFT is based on approximately 40 studies. EFT has been studied and evaluated by unbiased researchers in university and clinical settings around the world. FasterEFT does not have a single study verifying it’s claims. Because FasterEFT does not have any studies, practitioners are left with using EFT studies to market their practice when they mention the effectiveness of tapping.
2. There are many highly skilled trainers in EFT. FasterEFT is only taught by it’s creator, Robert Smith.
3. Ethics, boundaries, neuro-regulation, how to work cautiously with trauma, and gentle slow techniques are taught by EFT trainers. Not in FasterEFT.
4. EFT is based on the over 5000 year old Chinese medicine worldview and it’s energy system. Physical stimulation of acupoint meridian end-points are stimulated as an essential element of the therapeutic process in EFT. FasterEFT teaches that the explanation and understanding of energy systems is unnecessary and unimportant.
5. FasterEFT claims to be faster because you don’t need to tap on all the points nor all the aspects of the issue, by performing a process called “Stacking”. In fact, all aspects don’t need to be tapped on with EFT either – it’s called the “Generalization Effect” in EFT. Again, there is no clinical or published technique comparison research that demonstrates the claim that FasterEFT works faster or any more effectively than EFT. EFT trainings also instruct students on short cuts where all the points aren’t necessarily tapped on.
6. Filming demonstrations is common in trainings with some EFT trainers for educational and marketing purposes, though most do not. In an EFT training, even with a signed release form and permission by the student, if the student later asks for the video not be shown to the general public, it won’t be. This is in violation of the ethics of conduct in all EFT training organizations. FasterEFT has several instances where a demonstration of a student session has negated the claims they made while still amidst the euphoria of a training/group setting. They then requested that the video being utilized for marketing purposes be taken down and have been denied. FasterEFT as an organization has no ethics board/committee where any such complaint can be filed. (As a caveat, three of the four primary EFT training organizations have such ethic committees/boards.
7. EFT has been accepted for continuing education credits in such national organizations as the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and others.
8. EFT trainings that provide CEs must offer students anonymous evaluations regarding the course and course instructor. This enables the teaching organization to obtain more complete feedback of the course and instructor, as the student’s identity is witheld. FasterEFT has not been scrutinized by such continuing education organizations and does not offer continuing education to licensed professionals.
Conclusion: As explained, there are a number of similarities between EFT and FasterEFT, though there are a greater number of differences.