- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Stubborn client, PTSD, hidden aspects and psychological reversal
- PTSD from a traumatic miscarriage is resolved with EFT
- Bob Patefield wipes out his own PTSD
- An EFT gift for firefighters suffering from PTSD and trauma
- New Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Delivers Rapid, Long Lasting Results for Iraqi War Veterans--No Drugs Necessary
- 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
- EFT beginner collapses her own PTSD
- Pat Farrell resolves her own PTSD
- Knocking down war PTSD symptoms like dominoes
- Curing 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- A traumatic fall from a tree
- EFT after Hurricane Ike - Trauma Triage
- The Movie Technique for a traumatic memory and unresolved grief
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
An Hour and Ten Minutes (for relief of attempted murder, two assaults, rape and childhood incidents)
Note: This is one of 3,000 articles written prior to the updated Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tapping Tutorial™. It provides practical uses for EFT Tapping and most EFT'ers should find it very helpful. However, if your benefits are temporary or a more in-depth approach is needed, you are urged to (1) consult The Gold Standard EFT Tapping Tutorial, (2) Explore our newest advancement, Optimal EFT, by reading our free e-book, The Unseen Therapist, and/or (3) get help from a Certified EFT Practitioner.
Often EFT results in "one minute wonders" where lifelong emotional (and/or physical) issues disappear during one or two rounds of tapping. At other times we have to be good detectives and dig for core issues. Although just going through the mechanical tapping process can usually bring good results, it takes experience and artistry to get the sweetest possible music out of the EFT violin.
Deborah Mitnick has been among our most avid EFT students. She has meticulously studied and restudied the DVDs and, as a result, has become a superb practitioner of these procedures. She has honed her skills and now plays the EFT violin with true artistry. She has been willing to try everything and has both triumphed and stubbed her toe in the learning process. This is how expertise is gained.
She shares below a recent case with a severely disturbed woman and takes us step by step through their first session. Please note that there was no formal muscle testing diagnosis. All diagnosis (I'm inclined to call it detective work) was done by using the intuitive methods taught in our DVD set known as (EFT-Beyond the Basics)
There is much to learn from this message. You may wish to read it more than once.
The following facts are true although the client's identity has been disguised.
Her mother called me the other day to tell me the following: "Jennifer" has been on Disability and has been unemployed for years. She's spent over three years in the hospital during the past 20 years and has been in weekly psychotherapy with a psychiatrist all of that time. Her longest hospitalization lasted four months.
She's been the victim of an attempted murder as well as two assaults and one rape. And then there were those many childhood incidents that continue to trouble and plague. She's on six psychotropic drugs.
Since her mother had already set the stage for us to meet, Jennifer called me to introduce herself. She was sobbing before I even picked up the phone to say "hello." She lives quite a distance from me. She asked for a phone session, but was too upset to tell me any of the details about what was bothering her. I only knew what her Mom had told me.
Since she sounded so desperate for help, I decided to "jump in" and we just started. I quickly taught her the tapping points. We tapped for "all of these emotions."
I was working in the dark. I had no idea what Jennifer was conjuring up as we tapped. And when I heard her sigh, I had no idea what was relaxing, but I knew we were doing good work together.
After four rounds of "all of these emotions," she said, "Now it's difficult for me to conjure up what I've been so scared about all of my life." I was happy for her, certainly, but I still knew better than to ask her any specific questions about what demons she was wrestling with.
She was then able to tell me that her shoulders felt tight. So, we tapped for "shoulder tightness emotion." Two rounds of "shoulder tightness emotion" led to her report: "My shoulders are relaxing. The tension is gone." (I wondered to myself what emotional issue got "handled" by this round of tapping, but I kept quiet about my thoughts.)
She told me that she's always in a state of anxiety. I decided to have her tap for "anticipatory anxiety" and instructed her to say the affirmation. This must have been more significant than I could realize because she cried and cried and was unable to speak. So, I said the first affirmation for her: "Even though you have this anticipatory anxiety, you want to deeply and completely accept yourself." After tapping just the side of the hand while I was saying the affirmation for her, she began to relax. I heard her sigh. But we continued through five more rounds of tapping, just in case. And then she said, "I don't want to cry anymore. I can't remember the last time I was a zero on anxiety. I don't feel scared. My face is relaxed and my voice is calm. I don't even want a cigarette."
Now she was totally engaged in the process. She reported that she experiences a "flashback in my body." So, we tapped for this specific flashback memory that she consistently experiences on a certain part of her body. This body flashback from one of the assaults is usually a SUDS 10, but after all the tapping we'd done, she could tell me about this generally intense experience with very little discomfort and expressed amazement that she could! After one round of tapping, she said, "It's gone. The flashback that's been there for years is gone." I decided to test that one, and sure enough, it was now a SUDS of 3. (It wasn't gone.) So we tapped for "stuck at a 3" and she spontaneously forgave herself for holding onto it a little bit. She said,"The last time I was less than a 10 about this was years ago. That's pretty good!" I left it at that because she seemed so satisfied with it. (I do not know any of the details about the assault or the reason for that flashback. I only know that EFT was helping her in a manner that any talk therapy she'd experienced had not.)
Jennifer told me that she's always scared for her life. She bought a "fancy security system" and still worries that she's going to be killed while she sleeps. In two rounds of tapping on "scared for my life" she said she was no longer scared.
At the end of every session, I always ask my clients what was most useful and least useful from our work together. When I presented this question to Jennifer, she told me that there was nothing that wasn't useful and that the affirmations that I chose helped her most of all. She said that her major emotional shift would occur as she tapped the side of her hand and repeated the affirmations that I had intuitively constructed for her.
I spoke to her the day after this first session. She said,"I'm so much better! I didn't look in the rear view mirror once to scan for a killer. For the first time in years, I feel totally safe in my house and I was able to work outside today for the first time in years. I've been immobilized for years. I haven't played the piano in four years and today I was able to play and begin to compose again. I could sit on the piano bench without feeling anxious and without wanting a cigarette."
And then she said, "I've made a list of 12 more things I'd like to work on with you. When can we meet again?"
And then she laughed and laughed and laughed.
She has hope for the first time in years.
This session took an hour and ten minutes.
Five Sessions with Jennifer: Follow-up on "An Hour and Ten Minutes"
The following facts are true although the client's identity has been disguised.
I've received a number of inquiries about "Jennifer" from some folks on the EFT list. I'd like to tell you what's happened since that first session.
I've met with Jennifer for a total of 7.3 hours during our five sessions to date. Except for the first session that lasted "An Hour and Ten Minutes," each session has averaged about an hour and a half.
During the second session, Jennifer told me that she's been"...too scared to watch television for over two years because even commercials set me off about violence." She reports that she has had flashbacks to her past traumas if she watches any TV. We did a little tapping on this. (In my report on Session #3, I'll tell you about the results!)
She also told me that she has judged herself harshly for carrying a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She considered herself a "sick" person and "stigmatized" because of PTSD. Jennifer said, "It's hard for me to forgive myself for my illness. I don't accept that I'm so weak as to have PTSD."
I decided that this was the time for "education" and I explained PTSD to her as a "normal reaction to an abnormal event." (This definition is from my Critical Incident Stress Debriefing [CISD] training from the Jeffrey Mitchell model). We reviewed some of the typical PTSD symptoms that many people experience. The education served her well. During all of these years, no one had ever attempted to normalize her reactions for her. Yes, Jennifer does have some severe symptoms that may not fit on the standard PTSD list. Yes, she may have some pre-existing conditions that may have exacerbated her PTSD symptoms. But this woman has suffered numerous severe traumas and has many classic symptoms of PTSD.
Although PTSD appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), I personally do not "hold" this diagnosis as a "mental condition." I believe that it is a normal reaction to an abnormal event, in most cases. And that's how I present it to my clients.
She expressed relief as we reviewed the symptoms. She said, "Those symptoms describe me! I never had most of them before the trauma. It was only after these horrendous events that I started to feel so awful!"
Ok! So we have some education under our belts now. But she still judged herself harshly. She said, "How can I ever forgive myself for having the symptoms and not even knowing all these years that most of them are 'normal'?" So, I asked her, "What is your view on forgiveness?" Jennifer said, "I've never forgiven myself for anything."
I asked her, "What is the earliest time that you can remember when you didn't forgive yourself?" With that, she tearfully launched into a description of an event that occurred when she was three years old. We reviewed it twice. SUDS went from 10 to 0.
And then she said, "That felt really good! It hit some very big issues for me. Maybe I can be different now. It doesn't have to be scary anymore. I really was a gifted child after all. I've never been able to say that out loud before, but now I can."
Jennifer wanted the session to continue. She wanted to talk about her problems with sleeping. She reports that she hasn't slept soundly in years. She wakes frequently during the night and is in a startled panic with each awakening. She takes 30mg. of Valium before bed and consistently wakes to take 20-30mg. more every night. She also reports cravings for sweet foods when she wakes up. It's then that she takes the additional Valium as well as raids the pantry for those sweets before she returns to bed.
Since I wasn't certain how to measure SUDS on this sleep problem, I just decided to do just one round with her now on this issue. She would report back to me during the next session as to the results. (And the results are below.)
So, in one long affirmation, I had her tap for "challenge with sleep," "waking during the night," and "cravings for sweets."
And there the second session ended.
Here's how the third session began:
Jennifer's report on sleep: "Since we did the sleep thing, I haven't had to take any extra medication and I've slept soundly throughout the night. I took only 15mg of Valium. I don't even tap for sleep anymore. What a relief!"
Jennifer's report about TV: "I'm now watching scary psycho-thrillers on TV and they don't bother me at all! It's no big deal now. I own lots of these thrillers, but I haven't been able to watch them for years and now I can."
We then worked on a trauma that had plagued her for years. It involved a verbal death threat to her. Some of the specific words of that threat scared her and continued to play in her head, like a stuck record. The words have been revolving in her head for years. I noticed that her SUDS level was not very high. I asked her about that. She said, "If we had talked about this at the beginning of the first session, I wouldn't have been able to tell you about it. Now it's easy to talk about it." But, we reviewed it because it still bothered her. It didn't take more than a couple of EFT minutes until she said; "Now I can't even remember what he [the perpetrator] said. And I've had it memorized for years."
Hmmm. My experience is that people don't "forget" their memories. Instead, they just don't have any emotional intensity on them. So, I asked her to tell me the exact words that the perpetrator had said. And sure enough, she did remember them. She said them out loud with no difficulty. I had her say them louder and with more feeling. ...No intensity. I had her imagine the perpetrator's face as she said the words. ...No intensity.
The session was almost over. I asked her what was most and least useful from the session. She said the most useful thing about the session was "...accepting and forgiving myself for having symptoms of PTSD." (Notice that she no longer accepted PTSD as her identity. She no longer has PTSD. She now just has some symptoms of PTSD. There's a big difference here, but she expressed it in a subtle fashion. I left that alone. There is no need for me to point it out to her.)
We were done. This third session was over.
At the beginning of the fourth session, Jennifer reported that she had had "one down day" since we last spoke. She was again labeling herself harshly for having PTSD. I asked her why. She told me that she's suffered from diarrhea since the most horrific of the traumas and that sometimes she actually soils her clothing. And that makes her feel badly about herself.
Although it's not language that I normally use, I decided to "go for it" with the following intervention. I asked, "So, you've been scared sh**less by that incident?" She laughed! And we tapped for, "Even though I had been scared sh**less by that incident, I want to deeply and completely accept myself."(Notice that I also chose the words "had been scared" and"that incident" rather than "I am scared" and"this incident" to refer to the event. I think that my word choice gave her a little more distance on the trauma. It put it "over there" in the past, rather than in the present.)
She reported that the most useful part of this session was addressing the problem with diarrhea and realizing that even such a physical complaint can be part of the PTSD constellation of symptoms.
On the day of our fifth session, Jennifer reported that she'd had no more problems with diarrhea until that day. And she attributed that one bout of diarrhea to the fact that she was "a little nervous" about going on a job interview!
A job interview???
Here is a woman who's been on Disability for years and hasn't felt well enough to work. And now, she calls me to help her prepare for a job interview the next day!
So, in the two weeks since I met her (all by phone), she now sleeps through the night and takes less medication, easily goes outside, plays the piano again, notices that she is less irritated with others, is busily preparing for a job interview, and she laughs more easily. She remembers her traumas clearly, but has little or no intensity about them!
How long have we worked together? 7.3 hours.
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