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“I had a very positive experience with my EFT session. I have had issues with sleep and anxiety and this session eased the anxiety and made me feel more relaxed. I also had a good night’s sleep. They also teach you the exercises so that we can practise it for ourselves. Highly recommended.”

In December 2018, SWV began offering sessions of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to veterans with PTSD and other difficulties. EFT is an evidence-based treatment method and over 100 clinical studies demonstrate its efficacy for a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. It has also been shown to be effective at helping people cope with chronic pain and sleep disturbances.


EFT combines elements of exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, and somatic therapy in the form of “tapping” with the fingers on acupressure points on the face and body. It is safe, non-invasive, and does not require veterans to revisit their trauma in painful detail – something veterans frequently cite as a benefit of the method.


Sessions take place one-on-one with a qualified practitioner, either in-person or online. Veterans also learn EFT techniques to use outside of sessions when needed to reduce symptoms or improve their daily lives.


Our survey results of veterans after receiving EFT show that the sessions resulted in a clinically significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression. In addition, 100% of veterans report that EFT improved their day-to-day lives and they would recommend it to others. 71% report that it helped them cope with chronic pain.

Here are some examples of the benefits of EFT, according to veterans who have taken part in our programme:

  • Greater resilience

  • Improved sleep

  • Less anger

  • Less hypervigilance

  • More confidence

  • More connection with others

  • Greater ability to work

  • Higher tolerance for public spaces and new situations



The EFT programme is open to veterans who have previously participated in an SWV programme or are currently enrolled in one. Click the button below to apply or find out more.



If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, Samaritans offers free 24/7 listening support. Call 116 123 or visit their website,

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“I’m telling all the guys I was with…you have to try this, it really works!”

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