5 thoughts on “Bipolar and the Art of Tapping

  • February 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Good reason to be skeptical

    A 2009 review found “methodological flaws” in some research studies that had reported “small successes” for EFT and the related Tapas Acupressure Technique. The review concluded that positive results may be “attributable to well-known cognitive and behavioral techniques that are included with the energy manipulation. Psychologists and researchers should be wary of using such techniques, and make efforts to inform the public about the ill effects of therapies that advertise miraculous claims.”

    • February 8, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Thanks Joe, good point. The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice reached much the same conclusion:

      It’s good to keep the critical eye on forums like these. We don’t want pseudoscience taking people into unvalidated modalities. The danger is that clients might get led away from well-known and documented treatment forms by people promoting them without understanding a key point. That is that the reason they seem to work sometimes is that they borrow (incompletely!) from methods that work for reasons that have nothing to do with the superstitious stuff that’s promulgated.

  • February 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    It is likely, Kat, that I could pick my nose while repeating some mantras, and feel some relief of stress, too. The issue is whether it is more effective than some other methadologies. Probably not.

    When I hear about EFT and EMDR stuff, I always wonder if these therapists have worn out from listening to others talk rather quickly and are driven to proposing “direct action” type therapies because they are sick of their chosen jobs–listening to clients talk. So many male therapists seem to move on to “solving” the problem with strong (but questionable) active therapies. If comparative research hasn’t been done on this, I hope it will be soon.

    Lots of things work for different people, and I guess we shouldn’t deny you a little relief from something rather harmless. There might be some of CBT solutions that work for the long term, though, Kat. Hope you will look for something more up ahead.

  • February 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Any psychotherapy without a somatic element is uncomplete. There are neurological aspects of many disorders which cannot be reached by cognitive, verbal, behavioral techniques solely.

    Any psychotherapy which aims at involving somatic techniques in the therapeutic work, is welcome, be it focusing, EMRD, or EFT.

    EFT is practically a combination of NLP, focusing, elements of behavior and cognitive therapies, PLUS acupressure.

    The efficiency of acupunture and acupressure have now a good deal of scientific evidence. Combine acupressure and other therapies, and the effects sum up.

    I am clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, I use EFT since 5 years. It makes a huge difference, especially in cases of PTSD, panick attacks, borderline symptoms. It’s a great tool!


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