Professor of the Practice of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

EFT for Anxiety & Depression

Lawyers and law students suffer from higher rates of anxiety and depression than the general population.  And that was pre-pandemic.  EFT is a research-based brief intervention that can improve anxiety and depression, as well as a number of physical health measures.

A recent study included 203 participants, 65% female over age 50, who attended 6 EFT workshops.  All participants were given psychological tests, but 31 were also given a comprehensive battery of medical tests.  Participants experienced significant decreases in anxiety, depression, PTSD, pain, and cravings, and a significant increase in happiness.  Data from the 31 participants who had medical tests showed decreased blood pressure, resting heart rate, and cortisol (a stress hormone), as well as improved immune function.

EFT is a practice that combines elements of acupressure and cognitive therapy.  It starts with a rating of a problem or stressor on a scale of 1 to 10 and then using a mantra: Even though I (name problem), I accept myself.  The mantra is shorted for the acupressure point tapping sequence. 

Takeaway: Use the videos below to learn a quick intervention that may improve your anxiety.


Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., Stapleton, P., Sims, R., Blickheuser, K., & Church, D., Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health, Journal of Evidence-based Integrative Medicine 24, Feb. 19, 2019,


How to Tap with Jessica Ortner (4 minutes):

EFT for Anxiety with Julie Shiffman (11 minutes):

EFT Release Anxiety Quickly with Julie Shiffman (7 minutes):

EFT to Release Stress and Tension with Julie Shiffman (8.5 minutes):

EFT for Anxiety with YES Supply (11 minutes):

The Science Behind EFT Tapping, Dawson Church:

EFT Universe, Dawson Church: EFT Tapping Research:

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