Parent group in Kifisia, Space to Talk, co-hosted by Sara Strieth-Vatsella and Eleni Vardaki

English-speaking Psychologist Psychotherapist & EFT Tapping Coach

WHAT’S UP: In February 2024, Sara Strieth-Vatsella (Psychologist-Psychotherapist) and Eleni Vardaki (Educator-EFT coach) co-hosted a parent group in Kifisia to lead parents through group EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) exercises and psychoeducation.

FOR WHO: Parents struggling with yelling, fighting, or managing their anxiety regarding any of the following issues with their child/teenager:

  • Tantrums/meltdowns
  • Excess screen use
  • Not listening
  • Sleeping late and/or not wanting to go to school
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Lack of motivation and procrastination


Papers listed below show EFT impacts cortisol, HRV, epigenetics & the brain (we now have 4 fMRI brain scan studies proving EFT’s effectiveness).

Anastasia, et al (2013) “Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Control Trial”, Explore, Vol 9.

Bach, et al (2019), “Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”, Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, Vol 24.

Church, et al (2012) “The Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on
Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 200.

Dawson, et al (2018), “Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies”, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 206.

Stapleton, et al (2020) “Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom
Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Maharaj, M. (2016) “Differential Gene Expression after Emotional
Freedom Techniques (EFT) Treatment: A Novel Pilot Protocol for Salivary mRNA Assessment”, Energy Psychology, Vol 8.

Church, et al (2018) “Epigenetic Effects of PTSD Remediation in Veterans using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study”, American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol 32.

Stapleton, et al (2018) “An Initial Investigation of Neural Changes in Overweight Adults with Food Cravings after Emotional Freedom Techniques”, OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine Journal, Vol 3.

Stapleton, et al (2022) “Neural changes after Emotional Freedom Techniques treatment for chronic pain sufferers”, Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol 49.

Wittfoth, et al (2022) “Bifocal Emotion Regulation Through Acupoint Tapping in Fear of Flying”, Journal of NeuroImage: Clinical, Vol 34 .

Wittfoth, et al (2020) “Emotion Regulation through Bifocal Processing of Fear Inducing and Disgust Inducing Stimuli”, BMC Neuroscience Journal, Vol 21.

Stapleton, P. (2019) The Science Behind EFT: A Proven Stress Management Technique for Mind and Body

Stapleton, P. (2023) Memory Improvement Through EFT Tapping: A Way to Boost Recall and Clarity

Eleni Vardaki - educational articles and collaborations for individuals and schools

Eleni Vardaki is a certified and accredited Advanced EFT Practitioner (Level 3, EFT International UK). She has found that tapping can help parents who want to reduce how triggered they feel by their child’s behavior/difficulties.

Born in Zimbabwe, she lived in 6 different countries as a child and adult before coming to live and work in her home country, Greece, for the first time in 2012. Before qualifying to work as an EFT Coach in 2020, she worked as a secondary school teacher at the St Catherines British School of Athens. 

In her free time you will find her in nature, reading books, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying Athens’ entertainment, personal and professional development events.

Parent group in Kifisia with Sara Strieth-Vatsellas

Sara Strieth-Vatsella is a counselling psychologist and an integrative psychotherapist who is passionate about working therapeutically with teenagers and parents. She loves offering psychoeducation from the positive psychology perspective, in Greek and English.

She has worked in the national health systems of Greece and England, in schools, in municipal mental health services and since she received the European Certificate of Psychotherapy in 2009, has been working in private practice. As of recent, she owns her own Mental Health Service, called ‘Space to Talk’, in the heart of Kifisia.

Apart from work, Sara is also passionate about caring for her own family, about reading, making crafts, biking in nature, and spending quality time with friends and family.