- 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
- War veteran with PTSD gets quality results with EFT
- EFT beginner collapses her own PTSD
- Vietnam Vet with severe PTSD sleeps through the night for the first time in 39 years
- Knocking down war PTSD symptoms like dominoes
- Curing PTSD
- Pat Farrell resolves her own PTSD
- 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
- A client talks about her abusive childhood and her relief via EFT
- EFT and the devastation of childhood abuse
- Childhood molestation--using UNDERSTAND in the Set-up phrase
- EFT and birth trauma - addressing "the fetus inside me"
- 13 years of daily abuse fades with a form of The Personal Peace Procedure
- Deborah Miller helps a man unravel how a childhood molestation affects his current relationship
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Andrea's miscarriage
- Tearless Trauma Technique
- Creating a new emotional state for trauma sufferers
- Surrogate EFT for sleeping client dramatically clears sexual abuse
- 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
- 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
- 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
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
This psychiatrist uses EFT
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Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD is a seasoned EFT'er who takes us through her use of EFT (blended with NLP) to help her badly traumatized client (rape). She says, "She had tried conventional psychotherapy. That had actually made things a lot worse for her, since she had been required to recall the incident in some form at each session. She dropped out after three sessions and was determined never to have any psychotherapy again, ever."
The woman looked haggard and worn, at least ten years older than her stated age of 29. She said she had been raped, about seven years before, by a person trusted in her community. Looking into her haunted eyes, anyone would believe her claim.
This "trusted person" was her church choirmaster, a prominent and influential member of the church and the community. Often victims are afraid to report what has happened because of their relationship to or the status of their attacker. But she was not afraid, and had loving parents who listened to her, believed her, and brought charges against the choirmaster. About two weeks after the charges, the choirmaster committed suicide.
The scandal caused lots of problems for the church, for this choirmaster had been particularly beloved. Other people in the choir were actually mad at my patient for "tattling" on their beloved choirmaster. I assured her immediately that I respected her courage, and that she had absolutely done the right thing. That had obviously made her feel a bit better, but it was equally obvious it would not be enough.
She had tried conventional psychotherapy. That had actually made things a lot worse for her, since she had been required to recall the incident in some form at each session. She dropped out after three sessions and was determined never to have any psychotherapy again, ever.
She saw me with an advocate. There is no way this person could have come in to see me alone, for even after seven years, she was too fragile. Since another doctor had prescribed her medication and she had been taking it for quite some time, I renewed the prescriptions as a stop-gap. However, I know from vast experience that in her case they were not going help her (and had not helped her for the several years she had taken them). They seemed useless to her, but I didn't want to cause further problems by suddenly stopping medications that might have adverse withdrawal syndromes.
I confirmed the diagnosis of post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), by the book -- verifying the presence of the three major characteristic diagnostic signs. She still had both nightmares and intrusive daytime thoughts of the incident. She avoided things that reminded her of the incident, for she had basically given up going not only to that church, but to any kind of church at all. She was "high strung" and over-reactive, with the feeling that sudden noises could "put me through the roof."
Just telling me how she felt was enough to make her fight back tears.
I convinced her that I was confident Emotional Freedom Techniques could relieve at least some of her suffering, and possible help her toward a total solution without forcing her to relive the tragic events that had spoiled her life for all these years. Like many practitioners of EFT, I have developed some wrinkles and techniques that I find helpful, but many of the PTSD treatments published on this web site are very similar to what I devised for this particular patient.
I saw this young woman's pain and decided to make this intervention even more powerful by adding a particular element of neurolinguistic programming (NLP).
The patient was surprised to hear that I would consider this type of intervention, having expected a pill-pushing, rushed-for-time, unempathetic psychiatrist. But then again, the reason this person came to me (and most of my patients find me) is because I do things that others in my field don't or won't do.
My primary goal was to immediately and dramatically reduce her symptoms. Nobody can ethically promise a cure, and certainly not in one treatment, I explained. But I wanted to try my most powerful treatment to give her the maximum effect if she were willing. She was desperate and gave me the gift of her trust and confidence - and pleaded with me to begin.
My style may be different that other EFT practitioners, but I generally try to put myself into a state where I am feeling what the patient feels, almost channeling her, you might say. This guided the affirmation that I gave to her, although I urged her to use her own words if she thought of better ways to phrase them. (This rarely happens as most trauma victims are in a more emotional, non-verbal state and cannot express their own feelings in a situation such as this.)
I began with the affirmations and instructed her to repeat them as well as to copy my actions while I tapped on the various meridian points. I put her at ease by assuring her that although nobody had ever felt worse by doing this, we would stop at any moment if anything negative started happening.
Her patient advocate was watching in bemusement and I urged her to copy the tapping and repeat the affirmations silently to herself as I know this is often helpful to the patient.
As the events that had caused her so much pain happened over a brief period of time, I asked her to tell me, if someone made a theatrical movie about what had happened to her, what it would be called. She answered, "Big Trouble After Choir." We repeated this movie title with each tap, as we tapped through our sequence of points.
When we came to the part where she would tap with the fingers of her right hand on the thyroid point between the fourth and fifth bones of the left hand, I told her to continue tapping that place while I guided her through a visualization.
I had decided to use a classical NLP double dissociation to keep the patient removed from actually experiencing the trauma again. I had her visualize an elaborate, old-fashioned movie theater and take a seat as the only occupant in this huge auditorium as the curtains opened and the projector flickered to life on the screen. Rather than directly watching the movie, her role was to observe herself -- the lone patron in the seat -- watching the movie we had described.
Even removed from directly experiencing the film, the patient felt uncomfortable, so I told her to ask the projectionist to fast forward it.
Within a minute, she told me the film was over. I asked her to stay in her seat and watch the screen as the projectionist rewound the film, and it ran backward very quickly, so she couldn't really tell what was happening onscreen. We talked about how utterly silly it looked, like a comedy, and there were even some things she could laugh at. When the film clicked off the reel and the screen went blank, the curtains closed and the lights on the theater came up. I asked her to take a deep breath and smell what was happening in the theater. She looked puzzled until I told her that the film was burning. The last existing copy of "Big Trouble After Choir" perished and nobody would ever be able to see it again.
I guided her out of the theater and back into the sunlight. I made her pause in front of the theater and look up at the marquee. A man with a pail in one hand scrambled up a ladder leaning against the theater and began taking down the letters that spelled "Big Trouble After Choir."
He quickly finished and scrambled back down the ladder. The reason for his hurry was soon apparent -- I told her to see the gigantic crane and wrecking ball approaching the theater, and as we stood safely across the street, the machine demolished the theater. Nobody will ever see any movie in that theater again. All remnants of the evil memories that tortured her were gone.
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