Tapping with Our Communities

The Tapping Solution Foundation Works With Communities

The Tapping Solution Foundation spreads its support worldwide by providing free resources for families, schools, and communities in need. Here is a look at some of our work:


Western Connecticut Regional Safety Crisis Team

Dr. Maria Ortner from The Tapping Solution Foundation presented to the Western Connecticut Regional Safety Crisis Team, which is comprised of personnel, administrators and community members from different CT school districts. This crisis team mobilizes when a school or other institution in the area suffers a crisis. The level of intervention varies and depends on the organization requesting help. The Foundation’s intention was to discuss the implementation of Tapping as one type of tool to use in a crisis.

The crisis team has been called to support students and staff after life-changing events, such as the death of a parent and the loss of a middle school student due to suicide. Social workers, counselors, and comfort dogs have also been available as a tool for healing.


Social & Emotional Learning Program in New Hampshire


New Hampshire has been leading the nation with its redefined extensive focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools. The Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Taskforce Report highlights the significant need for SEL in all schools, specifically an explicit comprehensive program, like the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement (JLCL) program that is being implemented in all of New Hampshire’s schools.

The JLCL Movement was created by Scarlett Lewis after her son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  Scarlett created the JLCL Movement, alongside many educators, to establish a free and comprehensive SEL program for all schools. From this, the Choose Love Enrichment Program™ was born. It is a no-cost, downloadable, pre-K through 12th grade, evidence-based social and emotional classroom program teaching children how to choose love in any circumstance.  Included elements are positive psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience, character values and more.

While creating the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, we realized the importance of including a Tapping aspect to the SEL program.  Now teachers can access a free Tapping guide that correlates to the Choose Love SEL program. The Tapping guides are available for early elementary, upper elementary, middle, and high school on the website as a Tapping Extension Program.

The Tapping Solution Foundation has donated over 1,000 books to teachers in New Hampshire.  You can learn more about this on our blog post here


Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury, Connecticut

The Tapping Solution Foundation presented to a group of therapists at Family & Children’s Aid (FCA). FCA is a child-focused 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization offering high quality, innovative mental health care for children and their families.
FCA operates under the belief that children are society’s most valuable assets. For over 200 years, FCA has been providing children with safe homes and therapeutic support allowing children to lead healthier lives. FCA believes that seeking help is a sign of strength. They believe excellent care should be available to individuals and families in all walks of life, whenever needed. Effective and professional mental health care makes our children healthier and communities stronger.

Dr. Maria Ortner introduced EFT Tapping to the therapists, and the Foundation donated copies of “Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs” by Alex Ortner to all staff members.


Quinnipiac University Workshop (Hamden, Connecticut)

After being contacted by Quinnipiac University to learn more about EFT Tapping, Dr. Maria Ortner from The Tapping Solution Foundation conducted a workshop on EFT / Tapping.

There were 75 attendants, including college administrators, professors, secretaries, custodians, and administrative staff. The workshop included an introduction to EFT/Tapping, instruction and directions on how to use the technique, as well as hands-on practice. A number of books and summit packages were also distributed among the attendants.

The event was a great success, and the Foundation was asked to come back and repeat the workshop next year. It’s truly gratifying to see an organization of this caliber allocating resources of time and effort for the well being of their staff and employees. We will be back next year!


The Tapping Solution Foundation Partners with GRACES to Bring Tapping to Children in Guatemala


The Tapping Solution Foundation recently visited Antigua (the ancient capital of Guatemala, now a bustling colonial city) to teach and promote the use of EFT Tapping in the classroom. We visited the “Escuela Integrada de Niños Trabajadores”, a private school dedicated to serving the children of several communities around Antigua. These are children who live in extreme poverty and who, were it not for the efforts of the school, would probably be out working at a very tender age.

The school had learned about EFT Tapping through the outreach efforts of The Tapping Solution. They realized the value of implementing this technique for school children and reached out for help in implementing a program locally. Dr. Maria Laura Ortner, Director of Global Outreach for the Tapping Solution Foundation, replied and, over the course of several months, met over Skype with both their school psychologist and their school counselor, teaching them and guiding them on how to best use tapping with the children. Delighted with the initial results, we eventually traveled to Antigua and spent three days teaching the tapping techniques to the schoolchildren, as well as to their teachers, school staff and parents.

You can read more about our work in Guatemala by clicking here.


Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Youth Institute

Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Youth Institute was honored to present a groundbreaking event in 2020 featuring Dr. Maria Ortner, an international expert of the Tapping Solution Foundation. Dr. Ortner partnered with advocates and allied professionals from Ohio, Texas, and Alaska to demonstrate the intervention of Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique). Over 170 advocates learned a new skill set and ways to weave tapping into their daily interactions with survivors during this interactive training.


Participants shared that “…learning the skill set of Tapping will help create windows of opportunity in our work of supporting adult and child survivors of domestic violence. It is a useful technique easily available for survivors to find relief from stress, anxiety, and trauma reactions. I am so glad this training occurred.”

The Tapping Solution Foundation donated books to 75 shelters in Ohio.


The Tapping Solution Foundation partners with One Heart Bulgaria to Coordinate Services and Support for Orphans

One Heart Bulgaria offers orphans a happier, healthier, and more promising future through proper nutrition, medical care, and individual attention. Dr. Maria Ortner from The Tapping Solution Foundation conducted a workshop to support one of their most popular programs that gives children the opportunity to develop relationships with caring adults within the various orphanages. With the recent influx of Ukrainian refugees into this small country, assistance now is as important as ever.

What Is Tapping and How Does It Work?

What Is Tapping and How Does It Work?


The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.

What is a Meridian Point?

Put simply, meridian points are certain points that can be mapped throughout the body. Energy circulates through your body along this specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system.

All negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy. The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. Restore balance to the body’s energy, and you will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions are conquered.

How does Tapping Work?

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.

According to Dr. Dawson Church, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).” Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.” In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful.

Think of your amygdala as a personal alarm system. When you experience trauma or fear, the amygdala is triggered and your body is flooded with cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone.” This intricate chain reaction – your stress response – significantly influences and sometimes even causes whatever it is that troubles you, whether that’s an illness, injury, emotion, or even an external problem such as an issue with a friendship.

It’s estimated that 10 million people worldwide have used tapping

What’s so exciting is how incredibly quickly it can alleviate issues like depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well severe PTSD, physical pain, even illness.

These studies show that by stimulating these parts of your body – as we do in EFT Tapping – you can drastically reduce or eliminate the distress that accompanies or gives rise to these problems you face. By doing so, you can often eliminate the problems themselves!

Tapping is simple and painless. It can be learned by anyone. And you can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s less expensive and less time consuming. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to heal yourself, putting control over your destiny back into your own hands.

Tapping Solution Foundation Brochure

Watch this short instructional video to learn where the Tapping points are:

You can find more research related to the benefits of EFT/Tapping by visiting thetappingsolution.com.

Tapping Diagrams

Child-friendly Tapping Diagrams

Use with yourself, your students or own children.

Print individual copies for students to keep in their personal spaces, or enlarge as a chart in your classroom.

Left-click any of these to enlarge or Right-click and “Save As” to download.


Tapping diagrams also available in Spanish:

Tapping for Cancer Stress and Trauma

Tapping for Cancer Stress and Trauma

The video below features how Deborah Miller, Ph.D. is using Tapping at a children’s hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico to deal with the stress and trauma associated with cancer and being in a hospital setting.

You can also read more about how Tapping can positively impact an individual diagnosed with cancer by reading our blog post here.

Tapping in Rwanda

Tapping in Rwanda

The Tapping Solution Foundation has supported the ongoing efforts of Dr. Lori Leyden and Project Light by providing training resources, outreach and funding. Dr. Leyden’s innovative and heart-centered “Create Global Healing” organization introduced Tapping to Rwanda to help bring hope and healing to the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Through these efforts, five hundred survivors were trained by the Project Light team, following a “train the trainer” model, to establish the world’s first international youth healing leadership and entrepreneurship program based on Energy Psychology and Tapping. A four week residential program was developed where twelve Project Light Ambassadors participated to heal, work, and learn to lead toward a peaceful future.


“What excites me most about Project Light is that this is truly a new model for humanitarian aid. Tapping is being introduced to help teach young people how to heal from trauma and learn the skills that will help them look forward towards a future of personal and global peace.”

—Nick Ortner

“Project Light stands for heart-centered leadership that will inspire global healing and transformation. In this program, we are using Tapping for every aspect of training. It is a “train the trainer” model, so that these young people will be prepared to train tens of hundreds of other young people in these techniques.” Dr. Lori Leydon

Learn More About Project Light: Rwanda

Tapping for War Veterans

Tapping for War Veterans

The Tapping Solution Foundation has supported the Veterans Stress Project to help veterans by using EFT Tapping to treat trauma.

After years of persistence and advocacy, EFT has been approved as “generally safe” by the US Veterans Administration. After reviewing the extensive evidence for the safety and efficacy of EFT, a group of experts in the VAs Integrative Health Coordinating Center published a statement approving EFT and several other complementary and integrative health (CIH) practices.

The approval means that VA therapists will be able to use EFT Tapping with their clients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and other conditions.”


“I have been a clinical psychologist since 1970, serving in the USAF at the end of the Vietnam War, where I first encountered combat PTSD…… EFT and the related “tapping” therapies are most useful in anxiety disorders but applicable in most cases where emotional distress is a prime symptom.”

Read the full letter from Jerry E. Wesch, Ph.D. OIC – Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program – Ft. Hood Resilience and Restoration Center – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

“I was commissioned as a captain in the US Army Reserve on March 2010, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2011 to May 2012. As a psychologist, I was in charge of a forward operating base in Kandahar Province and officially saw 199 individual soldiers (574 sessions)……. After just one round of tapping, soldiers were noticeably more relieved and calmer.”

Read the full letter from Constance Louie-Handelman, PhD CPT, USAR, MS

“I lost eleven brothers on my first deployment alone. If you are at all like me, your first thought – if you are even aware of EFT to begin with – is that this stuff is a bunch of BS. How the hell can tapping on your face and hands alleviate PTSD? But I was wrong, and found this program to be far more effective – and less emotionally invasive – than anything else I have tried for combatting PTSD.”

Read the full letter from Evan Hessel, Former President, Viking Vets -Iraq Nov ’06-Feb ’08; Afghanistan May ’09-June ‘10

The Veterans’ Stress Project offers all Veterans no cost, drug-free EFT coaching.

Emotional pain and mental distress are substantially diminished using Emotional Freedom Techniques. Multiple independent studies also show pain diminishes an average of 68% with EFT. Over 85% of Vets who have participated have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms (insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance) in six 1-hour sessions. 3 and 6 month followups confirm that the benefits are lasting.

Veterans qualify for 6 free, private sessions (in person, by phone or via Skype) as part of on-going research. Veterans who participate contribute to the mission of helping thousands of other Veterans and their families.

The following is the trailer for the documentary film “The Tapping Solution,” which features one war veteran. EFT Tapping offers numerous important benefits for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Learn more about the Stress Project


US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline