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 in Australia


Project LIGHT: Australia – from trauma to hope: The expansion of Project LIGHT continues to bring miracles beyond my imagination! Our intention for Project LIGHT: Australia is to work with Indigenous and Refugee Youth and those who support them. In May, we were honored and deeply privileged to spend 4 days in Robinvale with an amazing group of Aborigine Elders and young adults. These wise women have suffered egregious traumas effecting many generations of Aborigine people because of government policies that took their land, their children, and perpetuated violence against them. Many are living with the loss of their adolescent children to suicide (highest suicide rate in the world) and drug addiction, and experience domestic violence, cancer, chronic pain, depression, anxiety as well as other debilitating life circumstances.

Using the EFT for Trauma protocol I developed in Newtown and Rwanda, we were able to lift significant traumas allowing these Elders and young people to feel a renewed sense hope and deep commitment to personal and community healing.

We also had the honor of leading an EFT for Trauma workshop for 50 staff members of Foundation House, an impressive organization working with refugee youth and families.

As promised, I returned to Australia again at the end of October to conduct various workshops, including an Advanced Trauma Relief and Resiliency training for EFT/Tapping Professionals, to begin building EFT/Tapping trauma healing capacity in the country.

We’re also building relationships with individuals and organizations such as the Asylum Seekers Resource Center, Foundation House, Melbourne City Mission and Igniting Change to offer collaborative trauma healing training for professionals serving those with the greatest need for emotional healing in Australia. Plans are already underway for more trainings in May 2018!

One of the greatest privileges I experienced was being invited to participate in the Return to Country: Mungo Man events. What an honor to meet First Nation dignitaries as well as Jim Bowler who discovered the 43,000 year-old Mungo Man bones and worked tirelessly for over forty years to return them to sacred ground. We deeply hope that these events have created a momentum of reconciliation and healing for all Australians.”

– Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA

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.

This video features the Veterans Stress Project, along with clips from the film “Operational Emotional Freedom.”

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
Planning for Life after Discharge
Transition to Civilian Life
Best Jobs for Returning Service members

Tapping to Choose Love

Tapping to Choose Love

The Tapping Solution Foundation has been providing support for The Choose Love Movement and is proud to contribute to The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program which is a social and emotional (SEL) classroom program teaching children how to choose love in any circumstance. The program focuses on four important character values – courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion – which cultivates optimism, resilience and personal responsibility.

The Tapping Solution Foundation has created a Tapping extension to guide teachers in implementing Tapping in the classroom alongside the Choose Love Enrichment Program lessons. The Tapping extension is written by Alison Partridge, TTSF Director of Program Development and co-author with Nick Ortner, of The Big Book of Hugs

With Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms, teachers and students will learn how to use this self-regulating tool to develop an understanding of their emotions and a resiliency to take part in controlling them. The lessons are connected to the Choose Love Enrichment Program and can be taught within each of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. This program was developed, by educators for educators, to ensure you have the tools and resources you need to teach all essential life skills.

The Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms Extension program gives teachers the knowledge and language to use Tapping for yourself, with individual children, or your entire classroom as a whole. The entire program can be accessed and download for free by visiting the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement website, jesselewischooselove.org


The Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms Extension program will give teachers the knowledge and language to use Tapping in the classroom.

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Nick Ortner, Newtown resident, worked one-on-one with Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis, to help her deal with the unimaginable trauma of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Tapping for Newtown

Tapping for Newtown

In December of 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy struck home, located right next door to Tapping Solution’s Newtown, CT-based company. Twenty-eight lives were lost, including 20 first-grade children, their teachers and principal.

In response to this unprecedented tragedy, Nick, Jessica and Alex Ortner established The Tapping Solution Foundation (TTSF) in collaboration with Dr. Lori Leyden, Founder of Create Global Healing. The Foundation has been delivering EFT Tapping trauma services and professional training for parents, children, educators, first responders, mental health and health care providers in Sandy Hook, Newtown and the surrounding community ever since. TTSF has also developed a powerful network of local, national and international alliances to bring train-the-trainer trauma relief and resiliency services and educational programs to Newtown. This is a sustainable long-term, community-based initiative supporting healing in Newtown and globally.


“While this tragedy will forever be a part of who we are, it is my belief, and my experience in working with people both here in town and around the world that have been affected by traumatic events, that we CAN heal. That we can find ways to lift the burdens, to have it hurt maybe just a little bit less, to find a little more meaning, and hope and purpose.”

—Nick Ortner

Having now worked through The Tapping Solution Foundation for several years to support members of their community heal and regain hope in the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting, the Ortners continue to be committed to helping others choose hope, health and healing, instead of anger and violence.

As our nation continues to experience the tragedy of excessive gun violence, please consider making a donation to The Tapping Solution Foundation to help continue the important work of promoting EFT Tapping to people of all ages around the world.

Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms

Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms

The Tapping Solution Foundation is currently working to promote EFT Tapping in schools. Our focus is to help reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom in support of students and teachers and to enhance teaching and learning

“A lot of kids come to school with so much burden. Kids are left with this and they don’t know how to regulate. They might not even have conversation when they go home, so this is an acknowledgement of their feelings. Their feelings aren’t bad, it’s how to deal with them. These things let them know that it’s okay feeling what they feel.”
~Robin Pizutto, Grade 1 Teacher, Smalley Academy, New Britain, CT

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Articles on EFT Tapping for Anxiety and Stress Relief in Classrooms

Anxiety at School – What Kids and Teens With Anxiety Need Teachers to Know

This article discusses the multitude of anxieties that students face in schools and acknowledges the importance of teachers understanding the concerns of all students. EFT/Tapping allows students the opportunity to work through these stressors with their teacher, social worker, or parent.

“None of us can ‘go it alone’ and we all need the right support from the right people at the right time to discover the remarkable, fiercely capable, and sometimes wonderfully surprising parts of ourselves. That support will look different for everyone. Teachers play an enormously important role, and can make a long-lasting and profoundly positive difference in the life of any child.” Read More.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

In this article, the physical and cognitive impacts of stress are discussed. With a focus on social interactions and mindfulness, educators can continue to build resilient learners that can self-manage any stressors in their lives.

“The practice of mindfulness has received increasing attention in educational practice recently, and for good reasons. Social connections lead to resilience through social support and socio-emotional learning, but also biologically, as they counteract the stress hormone cortisol.” Read More.

Teachers Accessing Peak Performance With the Help of EFT

School Psychologist, Cindy Baker, discusses her work introducing Tapping into her school, including ideas others can use to bring EFT/Tapping to their own schools.

“As I witness an increasing number of stress-related complaints from teachers and students, it is apparent to me that school communities are experiencing an epidemic of stress bred from a culture of fear emanating throughout the general population.” Read More.


I don’t know if there’s anyone who doesn’t have some trauma from their childhood. Some little event that really sculpted them and sculpted their beliefs in a direction they might not have wanted. We want these kids to grow up in a different world. To be able to grow up where they can deal with their emotions and traumas and move forward.

-Alex Ortner, Father and Author of Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Teachers by Jessica Ortner

Tapping For Stress Relief: A Morning & Evening Tapping Process by Jessica Ortner

“Tapping is taking over and it’s a good thing (My Journey with the Emotional Freedom Technique)” – Bob Schmidt, LPC

Additional information on the benefits of Tapping can be found on our Science and Research page.

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Tapping in the Classroom Online Training

With an increasing need for EFT Tapping in schools, the new Tapping in the Classroom Online Training gives school personnel the information needed to implement Tapping in their school. While we have an extensive variety of free materials available, this online training gives you additional research, videos, handouts, and resources to apply EFT Tapping in your school. Check out what's included:

This program was developed by Dr. Peta Stapleton who has 22 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist. She is deeply involved in research around EFT Tapping and its impact in schools, including recent research that has shown EFT to significantly reduce fear of failure in 15 year old students, and improve their self-perceived difficulties. The program is designed to give school staff an effective tool to help children overcome stress, anxiety and behavioral challenges.

The BEST part is that with your purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to The Tapping Solution Foundation to support the work being done around the world with trauma relief and bringing Tapping into schools. Not only are you helping the children you work with, but you're helping even more around the world!

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