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EFT for trauma in elementary school

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

This brief article by Monica Johnson highlights the near instant value that often occurs when using EFT for traumatic memories. In this case a young boy was given immediate relief.

Hugs, Gary

By Monica Broadfoot Johnson, M.Ed

Dear Gary,

I would like to share a success that I had regarding an elementary school boy.  I work in an elementary school as a counselor and have been using EFT for 2 years now.  I also know that many people believe that school counselors usually do 'bandaid' work, and that the real work goes to real therapists.  I work at a school in a poverty area, and the parents do not take their kids to therapy. 

So here is my story.  Jake (not his real name) had a father who committed suicide the summer before I started seeing him in a grief group and he was doing pretty well.  However, one day there was a knock on my door and Jake and his friend were standing there.  Jake's friend had brought him to me because there had been an accident on the basketball court.  Another boy had been hit with something and was knocked out.  The boy had a bad cut on his head and while lying on the court, blood was pooling around his head.  So Jake was brought to me and looked as if he were ready to pass out.

He began telling me what had happened on the court and how it reminded him of his dad lying on the street with the blood pooling around his head.  I tapped on him while he was telling me this because he appeared to be in shock.  Not only was the picture of his dad putting him into a re-grieving state, but another aspect arose.  During his dad's death, the police officer had picked up Jake, put his head into the officer's neck, told him not to look, and walked with him away from the situation.  And, of course, being a little boy, he looked.  So here is the aspect of not doing what he was told to do, and then seeing the horror.

I tapped on him for about 10 minutes.  I just let him keep talking while I used the basic recipe.  I also added and had him repeat this psychological reversal statement with forgiveness added.

Even though I didn't listen to the police officer, I'm still a survivor; I'm just a kid and I am a survivor … I forgive myself for just being a kid and looking when he told me not to. 

Even though an adult probably couldn't handle it, I'm just a kid and I forgive me … I am a survivor.

Then he went back to class and made it through the day.  I don't know how we would have gotten through this without EFT.  Pre-EFT, any trauma lasted so much longer. 

Thank you Gary for developing this wonderful technique.

Monica B. Johnson, M.Ed.


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