Origins of Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT has evolved out of TFT (Thought Field Therapy) founded in the 1980s by the American clinical psychologist Roger Callahan, who was interested in Chinese medicine. Callahan ‘stumbled’ across TFT by accident while his spontaneous introduction of tapping on a specific point has instantaneously cured a patient suffering from severe water phobia.
He then elaborated specific tapping sequences to various emotional problems. His system was modified and developed into EFT by Gary Craig who introduced the universal tapping sequence as well as the use of words that help patients to stay focused on a particular emotion.