About The Trainers

Dr Peta Stapleton

Dr Peta Stapleton

Dr Peta Stapleton has 22 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the   State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University.

Peta regularly contributes to the academic field with publications in the areas of nursing, morale, communication, psychological interventions and eating disorders. She regularly reviews for academic journals and offers supervision for new and existing Psychologists as well as students.

Peta is well known in her area of specialty and is consulted for radio, television and print media interviews for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours including the Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for research into women’s issues. Peta’s first book is now available as a free e-book; her second book DIY: Attract Money Subconsciously is here, and her third book as editor, Your Mind Power: Strategies for Behaviour Change is also available (see Peta’s books for purchase). Peta has served as the President of the Eating Disorders Association of Queensland numerous times and is a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques. 

Peta’s most significant contribution in her research life has been to lead world-first randomized clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of a new and innovative treatment option for food cravings in overweight and obese adults (EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques or ‘Tapping’).  The results have been outstanding. See Peta’s research page at Bond University for publications.

Peta is Director and head Trainer at EBEFT.

Dr. Craig Weiner

Dr. Craig Weiner

Dr. Craig Weiner has been in the health care field for 30 years. He has been a chiropractor in private practice for 26 of those years, working with patients from an integrative mind body perspective. He received his doctorate in chiropractic in 1991 from Life Chiropractic West (D.C) and his bachelors degree in Biology from Lafayette College in 1983. He has been an educator and lecturer on complementary approaches to health at hospitals, medical schools, and universities across the United States.

He began his exploration of EFT in 2007, obtaining his first certification with Patricia Carrington, followed by advanced levels of training and certification in EFT and Energy Psychology through EFT Universe. He progressed to being the highest level of certification trainer with EFT Universe, and then becoming an accredited master trainer for AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques). He is also a certified practitioner and one of only four certified Matrix Reimprinting EFT trainers in North America. He continues to maintain both a local part time chiropractic practice, an international EFT private clientele as well as teaching and mentoring.

Along with his wife and partner, Alina Frank, they continue to train and mentor EFT practitioners in North America, Europe and Australia. Together they have created and directed a wide variety of continuing education programs including projects such as the soon to be released film, The Science of Tapping, the online training Tapping out of Trauma, creators of the Matrix Reimprinting EFT World Summit, the EFT practitioner business support program EFT Marketing and Business Academy (EFT MBA), as well as specialized relationship programs such as Learn to Find Love, When to End it When to Stay and Path to Passion with EFT. He is a neuroscience afficionado and serves on the AAMET EFT Research committee, is a contributing author/blogger for the Huffington Post, Energy Psychology Press and other publications.

Together with Alina, they continue to live an active professional life and live on magical Whidbey Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. where they love growing and canning their own food, fishing, crabbing, kayaking and looking out from their home at the snow-capped Cascade mountains.

Naomi Janzen

Naomi Janzen

Naomi Janzen is an EBEFT Trainer and Mentor who received her advanced training and certification as an Expert Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner (EXP-2) and Energy Psychology Practitioner through EFT Universe before being invited into the training program to become one of a select number of EFT Universe trainers and EPC mentors worldwide. Since then, she has continued to work with clients from all over the world in her private practice while running workshops to train practitioners in Sydney, Melbourne and the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Having come to Tapping over a decade ago when she successfully used the self-help form of EFT to end her own situational depression in under a week, Naomi became determined to learn as much about the techniques as possible in order to help others achieve their own life-changing results. Though little was understood about the science underlying the method’s effectiveness when she began her exploration, she became keenly interested in tracking the emerging body of research that was being conducted and published. In 2016 she began parlaying this interest, drawing on her previous 25 years career as a television writer and producer, into the 2018 documentary film The Science of Tapping, which she wrote and co-produced alongside Dr. Craig Weiner and Alina Frank.

In addition to practicing, training, and mentoring, Naomi works to further the cause of Tapping along with mindfulness/meditation through a number of channels. She is the creator of Remindfulness, an app listed in 2017 by Positive Psychology as a Top 10 App for Mindfulness, as well as co-founder and co-host at One Mind Live, a weekly live online group tapping and meditation membership site. In addition to authoring forthcoming books Tapping Out of Depression (Even When You Barely Care Enough to Try) and Ace Your Breakup (Tap Through it With Your Heart, Sanity and Dignity Intact), she recently acted as Script and Story Consultant on the soon to be released feature film about the power of meditation by Tom Cronin and Jacqui Fifer, called The Portal.

Dr Lori Leyden

Dr Lori Leyden

Dr Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is an internationally known stress and trauma healing expert and uniquely qualified psychotherapist, author, workshop leader, inspirational speaker and humanitarian.  Lori holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management.Dr. Leyden is a member of the Global Evolutionary Leaders Council, Association for Transformational Leaders, as well as being an Evidence-Based Clinical EFT Master Trainer.

Inspired by the resilience of orphan genocide survivors she works with in Rwanda, Dr. Leyden founded the non-profit Create Global Healing (CGH) and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centered leadership and entrepreneurship program. Project LIGHT is a new form of humanitarian aid nurturing our next generation of young people to heal, work and lead us into a peaceful future. She is the Executive Producer of When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy, an award-winning documentary chronicling the inspiring transformation of Project LIGHT Ambassadors.

While heading up Nick Ortner’s Tapping Solution Foundation, Dr. Leyden also established the first US community-based, trauma healing project based on Tapping supporting recovery for those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy. She now leads Create Global Healing’s Rapid Response Trauma Relief and Resiliency Services operating in Rwanda, Australia, Newtown, CT and most recently, Parkland, FL providing training and support to those serving survivors of the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School tragedy.

Jules Vandermaat

Jules Vandermaat

Jules Vandermaat is an EBEFT Trainer and Practitioner who specialises in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse. A skilled therapist with over 28 years of experience in counselling, she is passionate about helping people recover from trauma. She is also keen to provide high quality EBEFT training for other health professionals who work with trauma. Since gaining her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne in 1990, Jules has worked in a variety of public health and private practice settings. Areas of specialty include Sexual Assault, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Health, and Couple and Family Therapy. Jules discovered EFT whilst working as a Sexual Assault Counsellor. She was on the verge of burn out, finding that the cognitive behavioural models of therapy she was trained in, were simply not getting results for the highly traumatised client group she was working with. In contrast, she found that EFT helped calm the initial anxiety her clients felt, when talking about their abuse. But it also helped them achieve precise neural change, in areas they had struggled with for many years. Issues she had found were difficult to resolve using traditional talk therapy alone. PTSD symptoms including nightmares and flashbacks often disappeared quickly with EFT. Emotions such as guilt, shame, self-blame, and anger are usually difficult to shift for people who have experienced sexual assault. But with EFT it was possible in a matter of sessions. Jules became hooked on EFT, as it transformed the lives of her clients. But it also increased her job satisfaction and improved her sense of personal and professional fulfilment. She learned as much as she could about EFT, inspiring many colleagues along the way. Training in EBEFT with Dr Peta Stapleton and Dr Lori Leyden improved her skills greatly. As a consequence, she felt more confident promoting EBEFT in the public health setting she worked in. Jules is a firm believer that EFT is as good for the therapist as it is for the client.

Mitchell Gainey

Mitchell Gainey

Mitch Gainey is an EBEFT trainer who has worked extensively in with young people, refugees, and others from high trauma backgrounds in Australia, UK, India, South Africa, Mozambique, and Brazil. With qualifications in community development and counselling, he is passionate about professionals and the broader community gaining access to skills that can sustain them in “the work” and provide effective, lasting, and safe resolution from primary and vicarious trauma. Mitch has trained under Dr Peta Stapleton and Dr Lori Leyden, and has been involved in the MindHeart Connect Foundation pilot programs with Indigenous Elders and Refugee Youth.

Travelling throughout Australia and NZ facilitating culture transformation and leadership development, Mitch draws on applied psychology and neuroscience to help people better understand how their brain works and helps them achieve their goals.
He is passionate about the integration of neuroscience, spirituality, and somatic psychology and their practical application for human wellbeing.


Terri Sheldon and Brett Porter

Terri is an EBEFT Trainer, clinical psychologist and an Honorary Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University. She has been co-investigator with Dr Stapleton on several published EFT research trials. Terri has 34 years experience as a psychologist working with adults, adolescents and children in the public and private sector. She is a founder and director of the Lakeside Rooms multi-disciplinary private rooms for mental health professionals on the Gold Coast, where she has had her private practice for the past 18 years. Terri also holds Counselling Psychologist and Educational & Developmental Psychologist endorsements. She has trained in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 

Brett is an EBEFT Trainer and has been the clinical group facilitator for all of Dr Peta Stapleton’s EFT clinical trials. Brett began his counselling training in 1993 and after  leaving a 25 year career as a Queensland national park ranger in 2005, has been  working with individuals, groups and organisations on adaptive and functional behaviour change and the development/delivery of body shape change programs. He has training in Transactional Analysis, Vipassana meditation (mindfulness – 31 years), Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, conflict resolution, Gottman Method couples therapy, NLP and DBT. Brett provides mentoring and professional supervision for EFT practitioners.



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Chapter 4 EFT for PTSD is Free

EFT researcher and author Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., brings together the history and cutting-edge research of tapping in The Science Behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body (Hay House). 

Peta also shows how tapping can be used for a whole host of ailments, including anxiety, weight issues, depression, trauma, and more. You can read Chapter 4 EFT for PTSD below for free. 

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