All the hurts, the trauma, the conditioning that happened to you happened on the level of the physical life energy that flows through your body. That's why we need to go deeper than just talking about it. We need to heal it on the level of the body's energy system, and that's what EFT does. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, puts it this way, “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
The old traumas still live in your body, but they live in the frozen energy patterns that were created during the traumatic experiences, not in the memories. Remembering brings those energy patterns back to the surface, and that’s why remembering still upsets you.
EFT brings you out of the distressed state and back into calm tranquility by dissolving the frozen energy patterns. This does not erase the memories; they just don't bother you any more. A previously upsetting memory becomes an ordinary memory, 'just something that happened'. You no longer need to organize your life around making sure 'that' never happens again, so you are free to live fully and freely. That's why it's called the Emotional Freedom Technique.
If you're wondering, “Can thoughts really produce physical reactions in the body?” try this imagination game:
Now notice the extra saliva in your mouth. This is a physical response to a thought.
Traditional talk therapy re-arranges your mental blocks. EFT clears them out. Success rates are typically higher than 80%. And you don't even have to believe it; it works anyway.