Frequently Asked Questions

What are your rates and how long is a session?

Our single-session rate is $90 and our session cutoff time is an hour and fifteen minutes—50% longer than the usual 50-minutes offered by other practitioners. We find that 50 minutes is just too short to help our clients get results and leave feeling supported. Get more relief in fewer sessions with a relaxed, 75-minute session time!

When you contact us, be sure to inquire about our package discounts.

Is EFT like psychotherapy?

There are several key differences between psychotherapy and EFT coaching.

First, there is a strong focus in psychotherapy on diagnosing and treating mental illness. EFT coaching sessions are geared towards achieving client-identified goals, providing support, and improving quality of life.

Second, the way they achieve results is different. In psychotherapy, talking is the main therapeutic principle. In an EFT session, talking occurs and is supportive to clients but happens within the framework of the tapping protocol. The practitioner listens and asks questions, with the goal of helping you hone in on inner blocks which can then be addressed with tapping.

Finally, the relational dynamic—the vibe—is different in each context. Psychologists diagnose their patients and often set goals for treatment. Coaching is more of a peer-to-peer relationship where clients set wellness goals themselves and assess their own progress. Our coaches provide support and help people achieve the results they seek using the EFT tapping protocol.

At Sweet Relief, we respect the uniqueness of individual experience and feel privileged to assist our clients. It’s our mission to create a safe space for all our clients—free of opinions, judgments and personal advice.

Important note: Coaching and EFT are powerful tools for achieving optimal wellness, but Sweet Relief services are not a replacement for licensed health care. While most health care providers are supportive of stress-reduction techniques like EFT, we recommend you consult with your medical and mental health professionals to see if EFT is right for you.

What does “EFT” stand for?

EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Technique” and is known as “EFT tapping” because of its use of percussive, light-touch acupressure. “Clinical EFT” is the standardized form of the method commonly used in clinical trials.*

Your Sweet Relief practitioner has been trained and certified in Clinical EFT to help you obtain the most benefit in the least amount of time.

How does EFT tapping work?

EFT tapping is an integrative approach to wellness that is based on the same system that underlies acupuncture, qigong, and other energy-centered practices—the Chinese meridian system. EFT works in a way similar to these and is sometimes referred to as “acupressure for the emotions.” The premise is that all living beings have pathways called meridians that circulate qi, or life-force energy. In the course of daily life, these pathways can become blocked, restricting the flow of energy. EFT addresses these blocks quickly and effectively by combining an internal sensory technique with a special form of self-applied acupressure.

In the Chinese meridian model, emotions—both chronic emotions and intense, sudden ones—are a major cause of blockage formation and, consequently, of human suffering. Inner blocks impede wellness on every level—including the mental, the emotional, and the physical—and may be the link between daily stress and overall health. Everyone seems to agree that stress and negative emotions harm health. The meridian model provides an explanation for how that’s the case, and EFT offers a simple and effective means of relief.

Emotion-related blockages can sometimes be resolved through indirect means—for example, by reasoning through the related events or discussing them repeatedly. But this process takes time and often it is faster and more effective to address a block directly with EFT tapping.

Note: While EFT is based on the Chinese meridian model, several studies have documented its effects in Western medical terms, for example, beneficial effects on human cortisol levels. See our EFT research summary for more information.

What are Sweet Relief sessions like?

In a typical session, your practitioner will ask you questions about your wellness goals, your experiences, and internal sensations that you may be feeling or have felt in the past. She will listen with sensitivity and respect to the information you share.

Using this information, she will help you to locate inner blocks relevant to your goals and offer options for addressing these using the Clinical EFT protocol. Activities consist chiefly of conversing and stimulating a specific set of acupressure points by lightly tapping them.

The points used in EFT are on easily accessible, non-private areas of the body—for example the face, the top of the head and the collarbone. You will tap, touch or press these points yourself and will remain seated and fully clothed throughout the session. Your coach will be seated across from you and will mirror your tapping on their own body. It is often useful to work on one particular block until it resolves, but you may interrupt, pause or stop the process at any time for any reason. Sessions may occur in person, over the phone, or using a video-chat service such as Skype.

Can you treat my condition?

Sweet Relief practitioners teach and facilitate health-promoting practices, but they do not diagnose or treat any specific disease and our services are not a replacement for licensed health care. We recommended you consult with your medical and mental health professionals before using health practices like EFT, which are considered self-help even when used in conjunction with coaching.

Will insurance cover my session?

EFT falls under the category of Complementary and Alternative Modalities (CAM), which are rarely covered by insurance. However, we do offer package rates and promotional discounts from time to time. Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll keep you in the loop!

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* Clinical EFT is the standardized form of the method commonly used in clinical trials, but Sweet Relief facilitators are not clinicians and do not diagnose or treat physiological, psychological or psychiatric disorders or disease. We recommend that you consult with your licensed medical and mental health professionals before, concurrent with, and after your use of self-help methods like EFT, even when used in conjunction with coaching.