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Example of a Round of Tapping for Driving Test Anxiety


Norah demonstrating EFT tapping for driving test nerves!

Step 1. Identify the problem: Anxiety for an upcoming driving test.

Step 2. Create your Set Up Statement:  (a) identify the issue, (b) accept yourself

Step 3. Repeat Set Up 3 times: tapping on Karate point (a)“Even though I am so anxious about my driving test, (b) I love and accept myself anyway” (say it aloud). 

Step 4. Start tapping round the points​: Express feelings, thoughts & body sensations

e.g. “I am so anxious, I won’t remember, I’ll fail again,  I feel sick in my stomach”.......

Tap some rounds till the anxiety lessens then change your Set Up to a more positive one:

"(a)Even though I am still a bit nervous I do want to stay calm and do my best,(b) I love and accept myself anyway.

Tap around the points with more hopeful choices

" I'll do my best, I am a good driver, I'll remember the questions,I'll be calm"

EFT Tapping works by bringing the body and mind back into balance, and thus reducing harmful stress hormones!


'Tapping' on a variety of issues including PTSD symptoms:

'The three essential ingredients of Clinical EFT are described: exposure, cognitive shift, and acupressure.The latter is shown to be an essential ingredient in EFT’s efficacy, and not merely a placebo. New evidence from emerging fields such as epigenetics, neural plasticity, psycho-immunology, and evolutionary biology confirms the central link between emotion and physiology, and points to somatic stimulation as the element common to emerging psychotherapeutic methods. The paper outlines the next steps in EFT research, such as smartphone-based data gathering, large-scale group therapy, and the use of biomarkers. It concludes that Clinical EFT is a stable and mature method with an extensive evidence base'. (Church, 2013, Abstract).

The value of EFT for reducing pain and depression:

'One treatment group received clinical EFT, while the other received all the elements of EFT but with diaphragmatic breathing (DB) substituted for acupressure. No statistically significant improvement (1 possibility in 20) in any psychological symptom was found in the wait list group.

After treatment, participants in the both the EFT and DB groups demonstrated statistically significant improvements in psychological symptoms and pain. Follow-up showed that both groups maintained their gains for pain, with EFT superior to DB, but only the EFT group maintained their gains for psychological symptoms. Statistically large EFT treatment effects were found for anxiety, pain, and depression' (Church & Helms 2016, Abstract).

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EFT for anxiety in college students UK:

A study of the effectiveness of EFT in reducing anxiety in social work students conducted in the UK suggested that: “Quantitative findings indicated participants reported significantly less subjective distress and anxiety after using EFT” (p715), and further  qualitative feedback found that: “Twelve students participated for one-one interviews to elaborate on their experience of using EFT to address performance anxiety and improve communication skills. Aside from the richer insight, supporting the quantitative data, these students all gave positive feedback about their experience of using EFT” (Boath et al, 2017,p.722).


EFT and trauma:

Research into trauma suggests that the physical system holds the shock of trauma, frequently in the unconscious memory, and the body. Findings indicate that the trauma effects, of Adverse Childhood Experiences, significantly  affect physical and psychological health over a lifetime (Bellis et al, 2016).

Releasing trauma makes you feel this great!!!!


The work of Dr. Dan Siegel, author and practicing psychotherapist, prioritises reflection, relationships and resilience in maintaining mental health, and in recovery from trauma. In the field of trauma recovery, Diane Fosha highlights the need for a range of therapeutic approaches, beyond  talking. This is due to the subconscious and somatic (i.e. bodily) nature of trauma effects. These negative effects frequently  continue impacting the lives of those affected, in physical and psychological symptoms, long after the traumatic event itself (Solomon,M., & Siegel, D.,2003).

Norah at a weekend workshop by Dan Siegel

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