- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Stubborn client, PTSD, hidden aspects and psychological reversal
- PTSD from a traumatic miscarriage is resolved with EFT
- New Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Delivers Rapid, Long Lasting Results for Iraqi War Veterans--No Drugs Necessary
- Bob Patefield wipes out his own PTSD
- An EFT gift for firefighters suffering from PTSD and trauma
- EFT beginner collapses her own PTSD
- Vietnam Vet with severe PTSD sleeps through the night for the first time in 39 years
- War veteran with PTSD gets quality results with EFT
- Curing PTSD
- Pat Farrell resolves her own PTSD
- Knocking down war PTSD symptoms like dominoes
- EFT on DID and PTSD
- EFT clears PTSD -- Nassirya bombing, Iraq
- An EFT Newcomer relieves Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- How I handled my PTSD (child abuse) all by myself
- An efficient way to relieve a PTSD memory
- How I handled my PTSD (witnessing a violent crime) all by myself
- Rape by a "friend"--PTSD and suicidal thoughts
- Jeanne Ranger clears her own PTSD
- A very traumatic birth experience was at the root of this woman
- A problem staying focused and present had its roots in childhood trauma -- EFT resolved it.
- Difficulty with labor pains had its roots in childhood sexual abuse
- Chronic ear infections vanished after childhood trauma was cleared with EFT
- EFT and the devastation of childhood abuse
- A client talks about her abusive childhood and her relief via EFT
- EFT and birth trauma - addressing "the fetus inside me"
- Childhood molestation--using UNDERSTAND in the Set-up phrase
- Deborah Miller helps a man unravel how a childhood molestation affects his current relationship
- 13 years of daily abuse fades with a form of The Personal Peace Procedure
- A creative way to uncover a traumatic childhood event
- An Hour and Ten Minutes (for relief of attempted murder, two assaults, rape and childhood incidents)
- Cleaning up a rape trauma
- A "one minute wonder" rape release.
- An EFT expert beautifully weaves EFT within her client's pain, panic and molestation--success across the board
- A detailed and professional session regarding EFT for rape -- with one year follow-up
- Dr. Eric Robins, MD, uses EFT to avoid surgery for urination problem
- Unique uses for EFT in the surgery room
- Did EFT or Antibiotics help this little boy?
- How to remove a cyst without surgery or lasers
- A sore throat is traced to a childhood tonsil surgery
- Rapid EFT results with an ACL tear -- Every sports team in the world would love to hear about this
- Cataract surgery goes perfectly after releasing inner child Issues
- Pat Gurnick is my hero
- War trauma--no more nightmares
- 15 minutes of EFT brings dramatic results to a Vietnam Veteran
- EFT tapping for trauma brings unexpected benefits
- EFT "Choices" for recent NYC trauma victims.
- Using EFT to negotiate with multiple personalities
- This psychiatrist uses EFT
- Pieter de Zwart combines his intuition with quality testing of his work for a first class result for trauma
- Borrowing Benefits brings up and collapses the Big One
- EFT newcomer resolves her own deep seated issues from childhood
- Handling the aftermath of a mugging with EFT...over the phone
- Did Brenda really abuse her brother?
- Three dissociative disorder cases
- Rape Trauma alleviated completely in one session with EFT -- libido returns
- Three EFT sessions lift depression, anger and sexual abuse trauma
- Handling an abuse case in a quality way
- Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Rape resolved in record time
- The connection between vitiligo and a traumatic experience
- Trauma relief one week after the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy
- EFT after an attack in the street
- Helping a lost boy and his family out in the woods - spontaneous EFT
- The value of guessing: Releasing trauma in an injured elbow
- Sexual abuse case
- EFT helps clear early date rape trauma
- How Rebecca Gurland started with the EFT Personal Peace Procedure and wound up collapsing her major core issues
- EFT used instead of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on severe trauma with impressive results
- EFT Trauma Session Seemed Complete But Needed More Work
- Praise for the EFT Tearless Trauma Technique
- Another approach to the Movie Technique
- Criminal defense attorney does EFT with suicidal client in jail
- Expert handling of a hidden traumatic memory -- all within 30 minutes
- Listen to a successful EFT grief session with Dr. Carol Look and "Toby"
- Approaching complex trauma with EFT - The Inner Theater
- Working with trauma - the connection between EFT and the Amygdula
- Peeling away the layers of sexual abuse
- Tapping for prenatal issues brings benefits
- EFT for our Emergency First Responders
- Hives subside as traumatic incident is resolved
- Step by step through a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder case
- Digging for core issues - reconnection to a trauma that was behind hay fever symptoms
- Hollywood film maker resolves deep personal traumas with EFT
- Resolving the intense after effects of child birth trauma
- A Detailed and Masterful Article on Using EFT for Trauma
- Six successful sessions with a war veteran
- A traumatic fall from a tree
- EFT after Hurricane Ike - Trauma Triage
- The Movie Technique for a traumatic memory and unresolved grief
- How to make EFT work when it "doesn't work."
- Lawyer resolves many personal traumas and writes testimonial letter
- K was left for dead after a Serial Killer's Attack -- EFT cleans up the traumatic aftermath
- A chiropractor helps a homicide trauma - burping is a sign of relief
- It started in a prison camp
- An EFT Formula for Specific Trauma
- A traumatized female reclaims trust in her instincts
- Hurricane Katrina survivor successfully receives EFT for trauma
- Examples of "Stress Inoculation" through EFT...."but does it last?"
- Working with extreme trauma using a variation of the EFT Movie Technique
- Battered woman with cramped hands completes flower drawing after EFT--a one minute wonder
- Fear of dentists and oral rape
- Rapid relief from accident flashbacks
- Trauma in the trunk of a car
- Using EFT to unravel the many pieces of a child molestation
- Releasing the Trauma of placing her husband in a nursing home
- The layers of trauma
- An even more tearless trauma technique
- EFT with a Vietnam nurse - a quality use of specific events
- Where only the pros should tread.
- Successfully handling childhood molestation--a classy case by Nancy Morris
- The "emotional stunt double" process using EFT
- Comparing traumatic abreactions--with and without EFT
- An expert discusses EFT and sudden trauma.
- An extreme trauma with a severe abreaction--and what to do about it
- EFT in the aftermath of domestic violence
- Getting over a gang rape--including a follow-up
- Trauma relief for a Prisoner of War and a fruit phobia
- Thoughts on Abreactions and how to handle them
- Finding the trauma behind the trauma
- Delivering EFT to a macho war veteran
- Katrina Victims Enjoy New Trauma Relief Method
- Tapping on hearing traumatic stories from others - ear problems
- Rape trauma: "It just doesn't seem to bother me like it did."
- Tapping for the troops
- Using Group EFT in a school setting for a crisis
- Persistent use of EFT brings assistance in traumatic dream
- The Sun in my Soul - EFT overhauls Kathy's life
- What would you do for your client if his son shot and killed another boy?
- EFT newcomer diffuses trauma even though he didn't know it was rape
- Releasing 14 years of pent up grief and trauma
- Tip-Toeing into two car accident traumas
- How do you work with a traumatic incident that a client does not remember?
- Some tips for easing trauma survivors into using EFT
- Miranda: Repressed memory of childhood sexual abuse
- Using EFT for Trauma Relief after a major earthquake in Indonesia
- Aileen's client is an actress and no longer has "Interrogation Trauma" -- acting improves
- Trauma success in Israel--as told by the client
- Using the EFT Tell the Story Technique helps calm a rape victim
- Tina broke free from an age 12 trauma
- Andrea's miscarriage
- Tearless Trauma Technique
- Creating a new emotional state for trauma sufferers
- Surrogate EFT for sleeping client dramatically clears sexual abuse
- Group trauma treatment--CISD with EFT
- WAILING ON WALL STREET
- Releasing fear and trauma after a dog bite
- Accessing the deeper levels of trauma stored in our cellular memory
- Taking the edge off of a molestation.
- Gillian Wightman leads us expertly through a complicated "father abuse" case -- a fabulous start
- Using EFT for "womb issues"
- Email correspondence on a serious childhood abuse case
- Bringing Bev out of a semi-catatonic state
- Relieving the trauma of a car accident with EFT
- EFT newcomer taps herself out of a dissociative state during regular therapy
- Using EFT when the client has a memory "blank spot"
- Using EFT after a terrorist attack
- Tapping on love pain leads Marta to her traumatic birth experience
- Using Surrogate EFT on 2-month old baby after surgery
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
EFT used instead of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on severe trauma with impressive results
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Baya Salmon-Hawk of the UK professionally applies EFT for a victim of severe auto accident trauma case. This is a particularly interesting case because of the way the various aspects and issues unfold ... including physical symptoms such as stomach disorders and shivering. It may have particular appeal to those involved in the academics of research because EFT was used instead of the recommended several weeks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Baya says, "I find it quite interesting that EFT, at least in this case, took 20% of the time as might CBT and achieved results at least as good as I might expect with CBT."
In the late summer, the Community Mental Health Team in which I work, in the United Kingdom, received a letter from a General Medical Practitioner regarding one of their patients named "Michelle".
She had been involved in a road traffic accident in over a year ago with her son as a passenger. Her personal injury solicitors had called for a long and detailed consultation with a chartered clinical psychologist to take place. Although Michelle was not diagnosed with full blown PTSD, she was deemed to still suffer from residual symptoms of traumatisation and anxiety related to car travel. It was therefore recommended that she be offered some eight to ten sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
It so happens that the waiting list for such treatment is approximately 4 months in our services and, in consultation with my CBT Specialist colleague and my manager, I contacted the GP with a view of offering the patient EFT Treatment. The GP, mainly encouraged by my lack of waiting list (!), agreed for me to "have a go" whilst the patient was waiting for the CBT intervention.
I saw Michelle for the first time and asked her to fill in the "Impact of Event Scale-Revised" [This is a psychological evaluation test used in the UK]. She scored 47 which indicated severe trauma.
She identified two memories of the accident that were still troubling her and she said she could not think or talk about them without feeling distressed and tearful. Both memories concerned her son. One was of remembering him stuck in the car and the other one of hearing his screams of distress.
I explained the theoretical background of EFT and she was very willing to work with the technique and was happy to proceed with treatment.
I asked her to focus on memory one and she immediately became distressed and tearful. We started with the set-up phrase "Even though every time I remember seeing him in the car, tears come to my eyes, I fully and completely accept myself." The 0-10 intensity was at a 10 when we started and went down to 5 after one round and then 2. We got "stuck " at 2. We then used the 9 gamut procedure and the idea came to her that actually what was hard was to accept that they had both survived. So she chose to say "Even though we have survived and we are ok and I fully and completely accept myself." This brought the intensity down to 0 after one round only. I then invited her to retell the memory again and she was amazed that there was no emotional resonance left in it. She said it was like coming from watching a full technicolor movie with sound surround to watching a black and white one with subtitles....
We then started working on the second memory, the one of her son's screams. She became much more anxious and tearful when talking about this memory and chose the set-up phrase "Even though I get really upset when I remember hearing his screams I...." She could not say "Fully and completely accept myself" so, having by coincidence recently watched one of Gary's videos in which he talks about that, I chose to say it for her and said it twice before she was able to say it herself.
Whilst I was saying the sentence, she tapped on the karate chop point ... and it worked. Saying this bit "by proxy" so to speak, worked for this patient. The intensity was at 10 and then down to 5 after two rounds. Stuck there. She then described having a "lump" in her throat and she tapped on that. The lump went in three rounds. Getting "smaller" each time.
When this had gone, she suddenly announced that she was very very cold and started shivering violently. I had never experienced such a pronounced physiological reaction to treatment. Nevertheless invited her to tap on "Even though I feel very cold..." this improved very quickly and her body temperature returned to normal in a couple of rounds. I invited her to think of the memory again and she reported some residual anxiety located in the top of her throat and she tapped on this with immediate relief.
At the end of the session, she reported having no longer any emotional reaction to the two memories and feeling a freedom in her throat that she had not felt for one year. I invited her to attend again three weeks later for a follow-up.
I saw her again three weeks later and asked her to fill in the Impact of Event Scale-Revised again. This time, she scored 14 (mild). Despite this mild report and although most of the questions within the test were at 0 and 1, she scored very high on "I avoided letting myself get upset when I thought about it or was reminded of it" and "I felt watchful and on guard". Overall, she described being free of emotional problems attached to the memory and was able to discuss this with her mother with no adverse effects.
However, the above relatively intense statements seemed to show up physically and she wanted to talk about those physical symptoms which were stomach related disorders and occurred every time she left the house to drive the car. She reported not feeling particularly anxious about driving but saw her body's reaction as an automatic reflex. We tapped on "Even though I get an upset stomach....." and this got reduced to 0. She then said that it was not about the accident per se but because her first thought once she knew she and her son had survived was that she was "letting everyone down at work". We tapped on this. She described the sensation in her stomach, then said she felt dizzy (another physiological reaction) and tapped on that. Having brought the intensity down to 0, she suddenly paused and exclaimed "my toothache has gone". She had not mentioned that, but due to the severity of her injuries to her face, she had been suffering from constant toothache for many months.
She carried on talking about her fear of letting people down and related it back to early childhood issues and she was able to identify that she did not know how to process anxious feelings. So she tapped on this to good effect.
She was very happy with the results and since she was going in holiday, we arranged to meet for another follow up session three weeks later.
Three weeks later, I asked her to fill in the questionnaire again and this time she scored 3 (a normal level) as compared to the original 47 (severe). She had had a lovely holiday. No physical symptoms, no toothache, no flashbacks. She also reported that work no longer dominates her life and that she was able to take a day off unexpectedly because she wanted to spend some time with her children. She was delighted to be discharged back to the care of her Medical Practitioner.
Keeping in mind that this lady was suffering from a reasonably mild reaction to an Road Traffic Accident and had no symptoms of depression or indeed of significantly serious mental health problems, EFT was very successful in treatment. It would have been a shame for Michelle to wait for several months to embark upon quite a long time in therapy when our method treated her very quickly and very efficiently. I do not present this as an example of EFT "against" CBT but rather as a valid and successful alternative in such a case. I find it quite interesting that EFT, at least in this case, took 20% of the time as might CBT and achieved results at least as good as I might expect with CBT.
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