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What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)?

EFT is a mind-body technique that is safe, gentle, and non-invasive. It combines a gentle touch with conscious attention while we verbalise our thoughts and feelings. We tap with our fingertips on acupressure points on the hands, face and body while focusing on an issue we wish to resolve.

EFT combines the physical benefits of acupuncture with the cognitive and linguistic benefits of conventional talk therapy. This somatic-cognitive approach addresses the individual as a whole, providing a greater scope to heal, recover and to make positive changes in our lives.

EFT allows us to release and transform uncomfortable feelings like anger, hurt, guilt, fear or grief which may be affecting our daily lives. Using this technique helps to become aware of the negative thoughts and beliefs behind our emotional experiences, so we can change them to more helpful ones.

This powerful technique is often referred to as a psychological version of acupuncture, without the needles. The simple process of tapping on acupressure points on the body while bringing attention to the issue we want to resolve has the effect of changing the intensity of the uncomfortable emotions.

EFT helps with emotional as well as physical pain. Unresolved negative experiences reside as triggers and disruptions in our mind and body. The physical symptoms we feel from those disruptions (for example, tightening of chest, clenched stomach, heart racing, etc), become attached to the memory of that experience and affect the way we see the world, until we clear that disruption. Properly applied, EFT balances our autonomic nervous system and realigns our neural pathways; this disconnects the physical discomfort that we attach to negative feelings and memories, which often helps to remove the original symptoms.

EFT has yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional and physical distress, and often works when nothing else will. Since it does not involve drugs or other medical interventions, it is different from conventional medical approaches, and is beginning to gain wider and wider recognition within the mainstream medical community.

Watch a video introduction to EFT here (by Gary Craig, founder of EFT):

Watch Professor Tony Stewart, a specialist in public health, talking about EFT on BBC News:

EFT has proven effective with a wide range of both physical and emotional issues. EFT Can Help to:

Relieve stress
Diminish anxiety and anxious fears and feelings
Release and transform painful, uncomfortable feelings like anger, guilt, grief, fear, etc.
Heal the effects of emotional trauma, including PTSD symptoms
Diminish cravings for foods and addictive substances
Resolve emotional eating and weight issues
Address relationship problems
Gain clarity to make decisions
Relieve symptoms of insomnia
Increase self-esteem, self-empowerment and confidence
Improve or even eliminate chronic physical discomfort or pain
Enhance performance in any area; sports, musical, artistic, professional, sexual, etc.
Resolve financial blocks
Increase energy and productivity
Empower children, parents and families
Benefit the lives of animals
Move us beyond negative, self-limiting thoughts and beliefs toward positive change

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl

EFT: News, Science and Research

  • PTSD Treated Successfully in 10 Sessions or Less: Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest hospital systems in the US, taking care of more than 10 million patients each year. Kaiser’s peer-reviewed publication, The Permanente Journal, recently published practice guidelines for using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with patients diagnosed with PTSD (Church, Stern et al., 2017).
  • Read about Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the catcher for the Boston Red Sox, who used tapping (as EFT is sometimes called) to up his game.
  • Beverley Turner, writing for The Telegraph, relates her experience of attending an EFT course. She calls it Tapping therapy: curing physical and mental problems
  • Larry Burk, M.D., writes about EFT going mainstream, like how the APA has finally granted continuing education credits for psychologists to study EFT tapping, also known as energy psychology.
  • Nick Ortner, writing for the Huffington Post, talks about the science behind EFT in his article, Breakthroughs in Energy Psychology, citing research which confirms that tapping on specific meridian points has a positive effect on cortisol levels.
  • David Feinstein in the Psychotherapy Networker about how EFT (Tapping) can cure PTSD and more.

Frequently asked Questions

Is EFT only an energy based technique?
It is a combination of acupressure, talk therapy and modern psycho-therapeutic tools like NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). The affirmations used in EFT are derived from NLP, and the 9 gamut procedure is similar to the process used in EMDR.
EFT also includes statements on self-acceptance – in therapy, the way we talk to ourselves is one of the most important tools in changing thought and behaviour patterns.

Is EFT safe?
It is completely safe and there are no known negative side effects.

Is EFT a distraction technique?
Distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. EFT requires a complete focus on the problem or issue throughout the session. Affirmations and reminder phrases are also used to keep a focus on the specific issue.

Why do we affirm the negatives in EFT?
Sometimes people are resistant to focusing on the negative while tapping. Either for fear of feeling the feeling, or fearing this will attract more negativity, or some other similar reason.
But one is already feeling these feelings. By identifying then vocalising them, one is bringing up that energy in the body and clearing the negative feelings, instead of suppressing them and having them subconsciously run one’s life. Expressing the negative statements serves to clear them energetically from the body-mind system.

Once you let go and clear, then you have room to bring in what you choose to feel instead. EFT brings one’s energy back to balance so negative feelings don’t stay there.


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Testimonials: What Clients Are Saying…


Blissful pregnancy with EFT workshop  
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I feel a lot more confident in having natural childbirth after attending the EFT for Pregnancy Workshop. The visualisation technique is a very nice way to connect with my baby. It brings joy to me every time when I visualise a health baby inside my tummy.

Hong Kong   
EFT Tapping Circle  
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Falguni's Tapping Circle is like an emotional spa where my heart feels lighter and more alive every time I come out of the session !

Though it is a group tapping session, where each participant comes with different issues at hand, Falguni is so skilled at finding common thread that she manages to make it relevant to everyone. Her warm, empathic, and no-nonsense kind of approach, without making it airy-fairy, makes one of the most worthwhile one hour for me.

Highly recommended!

Hong Kong   
EFT support through breast cancer  
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My life felt as if it was in turmoil. I had been told I had breast cancer and the words alone sent a fear through my body that made me feel so weak … I felt as if my body collapsed and I was unable to cope with this news.. I attended EFT sessions with Falguni and I felt my mind ease as I learned how to address my fears and actually take control and move my thoughts in a more positive and healing way.. my attitude to what was happening to me also changed for the better and life became normal again for me.
I am so happy and eternally grateful for EFT and I think it is something we should all do as there is nothing harmful in the sessions only the good that it does to enhance our lives.

Hong Kong   
Feeling supported  
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I worked with Falguni for over a year at Christian Action (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support). She not only gave the vulnerable clients I referred very attentive support, I also had a session with her. During that session I felt safe, supported and that Falguni was completely confidential. I felt my clients were in excellent hands after that experience.

Hong Kong   
Safe and supported  
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My session with Falguni was wonderful. Her warm and calm energy immediately made me feel completely comfortable with her. She guided me through the technique in a way that was so open and nurturing, it felt like I was just hanging out with a good friend - I was able to delve deeper into my personal issues in a safe and supportive environment. After our session I felt lighter, relaxed and more at peace with myself.

Hong Kong   
Positive energy  
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I like EFT a lot, it is a tool to create a space for me to look deep into myself, to my emotions and issue. And Falguni is a great healing, thanks for her loving and positive energy, and trust that allows the highest good to happen to me.

Hong Kong   
Bladder problem for over 15 years resolved  
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I was having problems with my bladder for more than 15 years. I used to go to the bathroom a lot and could not release all the urine. At night I always have to wake up many times and push, and it was annoying and painful on my ovaries and bladder. I did all the medical checks possible and none of them gave me a diagnosis.

I did a META-Health session with Falguni and just after my first session I saw a big change on my condition. I had found that my ovaries were inflamed and during the session with Falguni we worked with the emotional aspects that might be contributing to the situation, releasing them with EFT. After having only one session I noticed that I didn't need to go to the bathroom as often and did not have to push as before. Also the first night after the treatments I only went to the bathroom once.
Now after three sessions with Falguni even my lower abdomen looks decongested and I feel a lot lighter. And the original problem have not come back. I am really amazed how a problem that now one knew what it was or how to treat is basically gone with the therapies she worked on me.

Hong Kong   
Works from the heart  
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Falu is a very professional and effective EFT therapist, that truly works from the heart. I can highly recommend her going to see her for some sessions, if you want to bring about lasting change.

Hong Kong   
Deep connections!  
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I am new to EFT, but not the therapy. Within three short EFT sessions with her, Falguni had me accessing levels of awareness and making deep connections that I've never had in any of my previous work. Now I tap all the time! And am so excited to see what new things surface.

Hong Kong   
EFT for phobias workshop  
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Interesting and compact workshop to explore methods and tools to work with phobias. I would recommend to others.

Hong Kong   
47 years of phobia gone!  
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Falguni's one-on-one sessions and workshops, both of which I've experienced, have been extremely effective for me.

I have overcome my fear of cockroaches. Panic, a rush of blood, hastened breathing, anxiety, a constriction, a breathlessness. My fear of cockroaches may be laughable to some, to me, it was real and terrifying. 47 long years I bore with it. Whew!!! now, it's gone.

Falguni's warm, nurturing manner, her completely non-judgemental attitude and her unique ability to be able to look at different perspectives effortlessly make sessions with her a treat. And make her a healer-therapist who's hard to come by. A rare gem.

Mumbai, India   
Gratitude workshop  
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Falguni Mather’s gratitude workshop was a real eye-opener.

She asked questions that made each of us in the group think hard and also reflect upon our own lives, and our role in our own well-being.

Falguni sought and succeeded in giving us a system through a series of steps to maximize our own evaluation of ourselves and turn it and keep it positive.

I left feeling very upbeat and am intent on returning.

Hong Kong   
Tinnitus for 2 years, resolved  
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I have been suffering from tinnitus in my left ear for 2 years now and recently it got much worse. It was so stressful and I didn’t know what to do about it. I saw Falguni with this symptom and I am still amazed at the sessions and how powerful it has been. The way Falguni connected my past experience with the current physical symptoms was just amazing!
Falguni never made any of her own interpretations but rather gave me space to express myself and talk about my experience and emotions. I always felt heard, understood, excepted and never judged. Understanding how my symptoms could be connected added a whole another meaning and purpose to a traumatising experience from the past. It has since been less painful and I carry less anger, fear and sadness. My symptoms are fading away now. Falguni is both, compassionate and efficient, direct and gentle. She seems exceptional at inspiring self-acceptance and gratefulness. I cannot thank Falguni enough for adding another perspective and helping me become more accepting and joyful person. I would highly recommend her to anybody and have already referred my friends to see her.

Hong Kong   
I have been greatly changed by each session  
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Falguni's approach to body/mind work is truly integrative of all her skills and knowledge. She works with an intuitive response to your needs and issues. Using breath, EFT and talk therapy, she supports you in moving through the multiple layers of mind until you can reach the core of your own patterning. Her technique offers you greater insight and immediate release from old self-narratives as you gain greater access to your own sense of agency. I have been greatly changed by each session with Falguni and would recommend her even to seasoned practitioners.

Hong Kong   
Workshop on overcoming procrastination  
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The workshop on overcoming procrastination took me to deeper levels of self-awareness. It helped me identify the roots of this feeling which surprised me! I feel freer and more inwardly confident.

Mumbai, India   
Amazing EFT workshop  
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I have attended a few sessions now with Falguni and at the end I always feel more uplifted. My issues seem to resolve and dissolve into thin air. Falguni always gets right into the problem and seems to hit the nail on the head 100%. Thank you for yet another amazing workshop!

Hong Kong   
Information/training session for staff  
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I would describe the information/training session that Falguni ran for the staff at Christian Action (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support) as powerful, and the organizational benefit was that the staff became closer and more attuned with each other. The staff profited personally from learning the techniques, which some of us started to use regularly.

EFT for Conscious Parenting workshop  
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An interesting course with Falguni which provided some very good examples about parenting challenges and a new technique to deal with these challenges. Thank you.

Hong Kong   
Grateful for the 6 week support group  
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I am so glad I joined the EFT 6 weeks support group. After finishing the EFT training some time ago, I did not always practice regularly and that was exactly the confidence booster I needed to reimplement EFT in my life. Falguni did a great job at leading the group, involving everyone, always supporting us and making us feel comfortable. I feel I could work safely on an issue and arrived to a resolve point. I realised how beneficial it is to be working in a group. I am very happy I took that time for myself, magic always happens in EFT and I could not have wished for a better facilitator. Thank you again!

Hong Kong   
Highly recommend the 6 week support group  
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I decided to join this 6-week support group as I was looking for more clarity in my life.

Falguni is extremely skillful in finding common theme among participants, which allowed me to feel connected. Also by hearing challenges of others, I felt that I was not special (in a good way!).

I am now able to deal with my day-to-day challenges with more awareness. My children have equally benefited from my learning.

I highly recommend this program to anyone.

Hong Kong   
Public speaking anxiety gone  
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I have worked as a Social Worker for nearly 20 years and was initially skeptical about the benefits of EFT. I entered my first session with Falguni with a degree of apprehension. However, Falguni's warm re-assuring approach allowed me to relax and focus on the treatment.

It was just over 10 days before I was due to present a conference paper and could feel waves of anxiety rushing through my body each time I thought of myself before an audience. Falguni skilfully enabled me to define and locate my fears and apprehension during the session and also taught me tapping exercises.

As I sat listening to my fellow panel members, awaiting my turn to present, I tapped, I was introduced, and for the first time, ever, I actually enjoyed presenting and felt elated by the experience!

Hong Kong   
Tinnitus symptoms virtually disappeared  
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Falguni's work with EFT is exceptional, on my recent visit to HK I had several sessions with her and the results were no less than amazing! I have suffered with Tinnitus for many years and after just a few sessions with Falguni where she was able to tap into the root cause of my symptoms, they have virtually disappeared! I would recommend Falguni without hesitation.

Feeling supported  
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I have been led in such a supportive way through my struggles and find that I am able to cope so much better in my life, thanks to my continuing sessions with Falguni. Thank you for being there.

Hong Kong   
For both, emotional and physical problems  
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Falguni Mather is an excellent EFT practitioner, she understands immediately the issue of the patient, she knows how to advice to improve the problem and how to live daily life better. She is very knowledgeable and she loves her work so much. She is able also to solve also physical problem. She is very kindness and her technique is very efficient solving the issue quickly.
I highly advise to visit her for emotional and physical problem that affect daily daily life person.

Hong Kong   
MS symptoms lighter, physical and mental shift  
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My sessions with Falguni have helped me realize how much fear, stress, anxiety I have suppressed and carried with me through my entire life, which in turn have manifested into my recent physical symptoms, heart issues, blood pressure, thyroid problems, & even MS that I've had for sometime now.
Falguni has shown me to tap when I feel any kind of negative emotions like stress, fear, anxiety even physical pain whether it be my heart palpitations or my thyroid or any any other symptom I am feeling. I clearly feel a shift now, not just in my mental state but also physically, when I use EFT.
I cannot thank her enough for healing me through this rough patch & helping me come out a stronger more positive & happier person!

New York   


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Group Sessions & Workshops


Join my Monthly Tapping Circle [see dates here]

We identify issues, explore causes and goals, and use EFT (tapping) to release blocked energies to create positive shifts.

– Whether you’re just starting out with EFT or are an experienced tapper, you will benefit from this group.
– EFT/tapping is simple to learn and do, however people often report ‘forgetting to tap’. This group serves as a reminder to continue to practice EFT on your own.


Specific Groups: Are you part of a group that struggles with the same difficulties? Do you find that simply talking about those problems doesn’t bring permanent solutions or the relief that you seek?

I offer EFT group sessions tailored for people dealing with similar issues, for example, new mothers, grief, divorce, relocating to a foreign city, serious illness…

If you have a group that is interested, please contact me for more details.

Click here to see upcoming workshops in 2017

Working with EFT in a group can be healing and powerful. Expect transformative outcomes.

Group EFT tapping circle

“Groups may provide you the opportunity to gain alternative points of view, ideas and feedback on the issues you present. …group dynamic creates powerful healing.”

“While participating in a group, you might find that you have more in common with the group than you realised. So often, people feel that their concerns are unique. There is comfort in knowing that others have similar concerns. Being able to receive feedback in a supportive way and having your perspective validated is an important part of the group dynamic.” (Frances Soda)

Feel energised, inspired and empowered by group dynamics!

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

Counselling, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) therapy Hong Kong

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Are you living your best life? If not, what’s stopping you?

Sometimes you just need to talk, even if you don’t know where to start or what the problem is, exactly. I aim to create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment, so you can voice your concerns while feeling heard.

I specialise in recovery from trauma, relief from chronic pain and grief counselling, and also see clients for stress, anxious feelings, low moods, confidence issues, performance, phobias, life transitions and general well being.

Integrative Counselling
Incorporating the fundamental principles of traditional talk therapy with holistic approaches, my comprehensive approach is geared toward working with the full spectrum of human experience: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual; the whole individual within the community, in relation to the environment.

I firmly believe that ultimately our stresses and limitations are held not only in our mental narratives but also in our physical bodies, and that both somatic as well as cognitive approaches are important for healing, recovering and making positive life changes.

In my experience no single form of therapy is apt, or even adequate, in all situations, and my integrative approach allows me to meet your specific and individual needs in our work together.

Falguni Mather, Counselling, EFT, Hong Kong

Private Sessions :

Wherever you are at right now, I believe in you. I am fully invested in doing my part to work with you, so you can connect to, and use your inner resources, allowing you to live your life in a way that is most meaningful and satisfying to you.

Book a Session

Physical symptoms, Chronic Pain, Illness:

My integrative body-mind-social approach enables me to work with you regardless of what difficulty you are experiencing. If you’re suffering from physical symptoms – including chronic pain or illness – and can’t find a solution, chances are there are an underlying unresolved aspects. I’ll be detective and work with you to find root causes that are getting in the way of your well being, so you can release triggers for your acute or chronic symptoms. As Dr. Gabor Maté says, “The physiology of one individual cannot be separated from the psychological and social environment.”

Workshops & Support Groups:

Working in groups can be a powerful way to access change within you. It can often bring new perspectives to help you see your situation a new light. Clarity brings new solutions. Sharing and listening to others helps to ease a sense of isolation as you build a connection with other members. Same as individual sessions, groups and workshops are confidential. Consider attending my monthly Introduction to EFT Tapping group, the 6 Week Support Group or consider getting together a group in your workplace or community, for people experiencing similar issues. A cost effective way of accessing support.

I hold a Masters in Counselling (Australia), am an Accredited Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner with EFT International, a META-Health Master Practitioner with MHI, and a registered yoga teacher (RYT®) with Yoga Alliance.
Member of EFTi, MHI, The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).