Code of Ethics for EFT Practitioners
- Maintain client confidentiality. Never reveal the names of or session information about your clients to anyone without their permission. When working with a coaching or mentoring group and seeking counsel or feedback, simply refer to them as “Client.”
- Treat clients with respect, courtesy and professionalism at all times.
- Be honest and candid about your modality and what it may offer. Always be clear that results vary from client to client and from session to session. Avoid sensationalism or hype (whether you are in a discussion with a client, giving a talk, writing, in a public forum or in advertising).
- Be forthright about fees and whether you chose to offer any guarantees. There is never a need to be manipulative or sell your services. Seek to be of service and be willing to make “every client happy every time” even if that means refunding their money.
- Recognize and honor your time limits. Be prepared to bring every client to a closure point before letting them leave your office or hang up the phone. Have a set of “grounding exercises” to ensure their safety after your session.
- If you promote yourself as an EFT® practitioner, you must deliver EFT to your client unless you have clearly been invited to offer other tools or healing modalities. The same goes for any holistic modality. In every session, be clear about which tool your client is requesting and what you are qualified to offer them.
- Respect local and national laws. Don’t go where you don’t belong. Do not diagnose, prescribe for or treat individuals with mental illness unless you are licensed to do so. Be certain that if your client is under the care of a physician or therapist that they have disclosed to them that they are seeking your services and that you are offering EFT (or other modality). Be certain that everyone clearly understands that EFT and other holistic modalities are a complimentary adjunct to those treatments and not a substitute for them. It’s highly recommended that you create a specific release form for those clients which indemnifies you of any wrong doing in the event they experience a negative reaction to your service.
- Be truthful about your level of training and experience. Do not mislead your clients into thinking you are the solution. Always define your role as the facilitator. The client is always in control of their degree of improvement or regression. Your role is to provide the best healing session possible so that they may gain relief and insights for themselves.
- If you feel inspired to touch the client, always ask for their permission if you intend to tap, massage or perform any treatment that requires physical contact with them or if you’re inclined to make contact to comfort or “ground” them energetically. Ensure that you touch only a shoulder, a knee, an arm and/or the face and hand tapping points. Use extreme discretion and respect. If your modality incorporates a methodology that allows the client to be their own healer – for example, teaching them how to tap for themselves – empower them with the tool and the authority to do so for themselves unless they are simply not able to do so.
- Be professional with your clients at all times. Always dress appropriately. Speak professionally and never flirt or make sexual innuendos. Guard against sharing your personal stories unless you are REALLY clear that your intention and the information will be helpful for the client; and even then, ask permission to share before you do so. They did not come to hear about your life or your experience. They are with you to have you help them get their life in order.
- Be completely honest and candid when the client asks a question that is appropriate. Avoid being harsh, derogatory or judgmental about beliefs, practices or other chosen healing modalities that the client may ascribe to.
- Be safe. Honor your intuitions. Refuse to see a client who makes you feel uncomfortable. Fire clients that are not making progress with the clear understanding that they are blocking you from seeing your “right” client that will make progress with you and inform them that you are not interested in collecting money from someone who is not truly benefiting from your skills.
- Be client-service oriented. Let everything in your sessions be about the client. Be the cheerleader and coach that will best serve them. If you find you can’t believe in a particular client’s ability to heal or change, you need to refer that client to someone who can do that for them.