This approach eschewed the traditional focus on individual psychology and historical factors – that involve so-called linear causation and content – and emphasized instead feedback and homeostatic mechanisms and “rules” in here-and-now interactions – so-called circular causation and process – that were thought to maintain or exacerbate problems, whatever the original cause(s).
EFT has a body of process research showing that change does indeed occur in the way that the theory suggests.
This level of linkage between in-session process and rigorous outcome measurement is unusual in the field of psychotherapy.
There is an outcome study in progress of the new educational program based on EFT (Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection).
A pilot study has also been completed at the VA in Baltimore on EFT with veteran couples dealing with PTSD.