Dawson Church, PhD

Dawson Church, PhD, is a health writer and researcher in the fields of health, psychology, and spirituality.

He is the author of the best-selling book “The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention“, and founder of EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.

He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment”, general manager of Energy Psychology Press, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

In 2007 he founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH), a nonprofit institution dedicated to the study and implementation of evidence-based psychological and medical techniques.

Now, I’m a skeptic when it comes to energy psychology, and much of what alternative medicine claims to offer, particularly when it comes to mental health.

However, rather than dismiss these concepts outright, I think it’s better to give them a fair hearing, and let you guys make up your own minds.

For those of you unfamiliar with EFT, or tapping as it’s commonly known, it’s basically a form of alternative medicine which claims that tapping on certain acupuncture points can help relieve various psychological problems.

In today’s episode we discuss the origins and theory behind EFT, it’s professed application to the likes of anxiety and PTSD, whether “blocked energy” is at the cause or effect of psychological distress, and whether or not the positive effects of EFT can be explained away by the placebo effect.


Recommended Links

DawsonGift.com – Download a free copy of the EFT Mini-Manual

EFT Universe –  The largest EFT site on the web.

EFT Tapping ‘How to’ Video with Dawson Church – YouTube


Some Opposing Viewpoints:

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – The Skeptic’s Dictionary

Can We Really Tap Our Problems Away? – Skeptical Enquirer

Time to turn off the Tap: Why Emotional Freedom Technique is dangerous nonsense – The Psychiatry SHO

Related Books



Image courtesy: Tomás Fano

4 replies
  1. whatsauutodo
    whatsauutodo says:

    Probably my favorite episode of this fascinating podcast. My husband and I are both in treatment for depression. His therapist uses EFT; mine does not. Although he’s explained “tapping” to me, I didn’t have a clear picture of how it is supposed to work, or how my husband felt about it.. We both listened to this episode and felt that Danny did an excellent job asking questions while keeping Dr. Church from going on defensive. That isn’t to say he was too easy. This approach allowed us to both have a greater understanding of EFT, and we are both still skeptics, but have much better language to share with each other.
    Thanks for all the great work on this podcast.

    • Danny Whittaker
      Danny Whittaker says:

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Really made me question my interviewing skills this episode, but if you enjoyed it, I can’t ask for more than that. ~ Danny

  2. Naropa
    Naropa says:

    I liked the interview. I’m more than a little skeptical about EFT, I thought you were pretty balanced in your approach (although it was clear you weren’t all in on the premise)

    I’m annoyed at the US Veterans Administration. They’ve approved EFT for PTSD patients. Pretty sketchy

    • Danny Whittaker
      Danny Whittaker says:

      Hi Naropa,

      I think I join you in the “more than a little skeptical” camp. I don’t think I challenged Dawson in a way that accurately represented my own opinion, but as I mention in the intro, I felt stifled by politeness.

      My take on it is that for some people it may serve as a very effective short term distraction technique. I think it’s possibly something to do with how many of one’s cognitive faculties it occupies simultaneously. The combination counting the taps, keeping a rhythm, sticking to a fixed pattern of locations, chanting an affirmation. The level of focus required leaves little room for worry, rumination etc.

      The idea that it flushes out trauma by unblocking trapped meridians…? Nah, I’m not buying it either.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. ~ Danny


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