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Psychiatrist relieves sexual exhibitionism with EFT--4 year follow-up


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Curtis Steele, M.D., a psychiatrist from Canada provides us with this fascinating "one minute wonder" for a serious and long standing case of sexual exhibitionism.

In essence, a very brief application of EFT unearthed a "hidden core issue" and completely resolved this inappropriate behavior. The result was so complete that, after 4 years, the client still has no compulsion whatsoever to perform this behavior.

This is a perfect case to use when someone says, "but does it last?" It is also useful to illustrate how EFT can be jaw-droppingly effective for even very difficult issues.

Hugs, Gary

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By Curtis A. Steele, MD

A professional man in his late 40s had a problem with compulsive masturbation which had persisted for more than 20 years. He would do this furtively in public places where he might be seen, for example in department stores, between rows of clothing. His was a very complex case, with many emotional issues in addition to the exhibitionism. He had a high degree of motivation to get over this particular problem, because it threatened his career, it had ruined one marriage, and now it threatened to ruin another.

He had been arrested in the early 1980s, and was sentenced by the court to aversive conditioning therapy, such as being shown erotic images and then painfully shocked. (This type of treatment has since been thoroughly discredited.) He relapsed several years after that, and came to my care when he had been re-arrested. I began attempting to help him, working with him for the next eight years.

First we tried Depo-Provera, which was in fashion for sex offenders at the time. It "worked" for a brief while, and then once again he reported he was exhibiting himself.


Then there were various trials with psychotherapy, coupled with the use of medications such as the SSRIs. Each new method seemed to work briefly--the placebo effect, no doubt. He was in group therapy for a while; he displayed no psychological mindedness whatsoever.


We could find no discernable pattern to his problem behavior: he'd do it when depressed, when elated, when bored. The only constant seemed to be a relapse sooner or later.


Finally, in 1999, I said I'd like to try out this new therapy I'd been using, and proceeded to introduce EFT to him. A cynical sneer appeared on his face, but he agreed to cooperate with the procedure. The setup phrase was "Even though I have this problem, I deeply and completely accept myself."


His cynical smile continued until we reached the collarbone spot, when he got a shocked expression on his face and exclaimed, "It's gone!"

"What's gone?", I asked. He responded that he'd had a peculiar distressing feeling, deep in his chest, ever since the age of 12, when his mother had caught him masturbating and threatened to cut off his penis with an ax!

We then tapped for that traumatic experience and he had no remaining distress. EFT did not need to be repeated after that, nor was any other therapy required. He came back a month later and said he9d had no more urges. He even had gone to one of his old haunts and tried masturbating, but the thrill was gone, so he quit and went home.

I continued to meet with him occasionally after that, and even though he had a number of major life crises he managed them successfully. In the four years since that treatment with EFT he has been entirely symptom-free.

Interestingly, he had reported the threat by his mother years earlier in therapy, but at that time his affect had been dissociated; and he met an effort at psychological exploration with bewildered denial. The use of EFT in 1999 uncovered the emotional experience in its full intensity, which we were able to then dissolve, ending the problem.

Curtis A. Steele, MD

 

 

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