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  1. 1. Healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder With Emotional Freedom Technique tm
  2. 2. Life Script Counseling Services Mission Statement The mission of Life Script Counseling Services is to compassionately assist people in reclaiming their lives from trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and nicotine addiction by expertly applying Emotional Freedom Technique to their issues. EFT is endorsed by Bessel van der Kolk as well as: Deepak Chopra Jack Canfield Doctor Mercola Bruce Lipton Joe Vitale Cheryl Richardson Norm Sheely Bob Proctor
  3. 3. Healing PTSD with EFT <ul><li>About Tom </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnam Veteran </li></ul><ul><li>LMHC / DCEP </li></ul><ul><li>12+ years in P.P. </li></ul><ul><li>10+ years using EFT </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Investigative coach for the Iraq Stress Project Research Program 8 </li></ul><ul><li>ACEP Member 8 </li></ul><ul><li>RRVBC Member 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Expand understanding of trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Expand understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) </li></ul><ul><li>Define EFT </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of using EFT </li></ul><ul><li>Successes w/EFT </li></ul><ul><li>Effects: Observable & measurable </li></ul><ul><li>Why EFT should be used for PTSD </li></ul><ul><li>EFT Research results </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate EFT </li></ul>
  4. 4. Acupuncture for the Emotions <ul><li>How many of know about EFT? </li></ul><ul><li>How many of you use EFT? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you willing to suspend your beliefs about what you think you know about healing? </li></ul><ul><li>Most western medicine takes a mechanistic approach. The body is a machine. It ignores the mind-body connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Research has proven there is a mind-body connection, however there is great resistance to change. A, B </li></ul><ul><li>EFT is Acupuncture/Acupressure for the emotions w/o needles . </li></ul><ul><li>Tap on acupoints instead of inserting needles. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Current Truth 50% of returning Troops will Experience PTSD <ul><li>The VA does not use EFT </li></ul><ul><li>Denies existence of research </li></ul><ul><li>Very high suicide rates - Police and Motorcycle assisted </li></ul><ul><li>VA relies on talk therapy, group process and meds </li></ul><ul><li>Uses computerized desensitization programs </li></ul><ul><li>None of this works well for PTSD - Retraumatization risk </li></ul><ul><li>Time does not heal PTSD </li></ul><ul><li>Heavily medicated ‘Nam vets still score over 50 on PCL-M </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t talk amygdala out of fear response – van der Kolk </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma is a form of Conditioned Response 1 </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Current Truth About EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique <ul><li>Evidence informed since 1994 – 6 Days @VA video </li></ul><ul><li>Now evidenced based - no retraumatization </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable outcomes over time </li></ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed and published Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented at ACEP Conference, May ’09 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Journal of Healing and Caring, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal of Traumatology (Charles Figley) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other peer reviewed journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research available on many web sites 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Can be applied via phone/suicide hotline </li></ul><ul><li>Could start reducing VA expenses/save lives/families NOW </li></ul>
  7. 7. Healing PTSD with EFT Defining Trauma Extraordinary and potentially dangerous and life-changing event linked to human response. Extraordinary means that the event was most often unplanned, suddenly over- whelming, out of the ordinary, and often shocking— either physically or emotionally and often both. Potentially dangerous means that the event activated the sympathetic nervous system associated with neurological activity that may be reactivated with certain memories of the traumatic event and has, therefore, certain psychoneuroimmunological implications for health and wellness as well as behavior. Potentially life­changing event means that the traumatic event may lead to a cascade of human reactions—both individual and systemic—that can be either positive or negative or a combination of both—long after the initial impact of the traumatic event. Human response is the immediate and long- term direct and indirect reactions in the forms of neurobiological, behavior, intellectual, emotional, social, interpersonal, cultural, societal, global, other reactions, and any combination of these responses. 7
  8. 8. Healing PTSD with EFT <ul><li>What Is Trauma? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Life changing </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-ordinary </li></ul><ul><li>Unexpected </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially life threatening </li></ul><ul><li>Overwhelming & Shocking </li></ul><ul><li>Body gets stuck in Fight/Flight/Freeze/Facade </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical imprints on amygdala, hippocampus and thalamus 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Mind-Body Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Activates SNS 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic & individual reactions 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Responses are: 7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neurobiological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior & social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual & emotional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal & cultural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Societal & global </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stuck chemical and energy imprints in body </li></ul>
  9. 9. Healing PTSD with EFT <ul><li>What Is PTSD </li></ul><ul><li>Formerly considered psychiatric issue - It is a physiological response to an abnormal event </li></ul><ul><li>At a core level it is an intense conditioned Response - Pavlov’s Dogs 101 </li></ul><ul><li>A set of 17 symptoms that defines specific behaviors from being traumatized </li></ul><ul><li>Must Score >50 on the PCL-M to have PTSD per the VA </li></ul><ul><li>Body gets stuck in Fight/Flight/Freeze/Facade Does not respond well to meds, talk therapy, exposure therapy, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled by amygdala, thalamus and hippocampus. - Once the alarm goes off you can’t talk the amygdala out of ANYTHING! </li></ul><ul><li>Predisposition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ACE Study - A dverse C hildhood E vent B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study C </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hispanics & African Americans </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Brain & PTSD
  11. 11. The Effects of EFT on PTSD <ul><li>Observable Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Users can measure the internal intensity of the issue (0 – 10) </li></ul><ul><li>We can see a person relax </li></ul><ul><li>We can see breathing change </li></ul><ul><li>Clients often sigh, yawn, cry, laugh, and sometimes they imitate Joe Cocker </li></ul><ul><li>We can see their emotional intensity to the issue decrease </li></ul><ul><li>Case Study 1: Nurse </li></ul><ul><li>Case Study 2: ‘Nam Veteran </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Blood pressure drops </li></ul><ul><li>Blood glucose levels drop </li></ul><ul><li>Adrenaline levels drop </li></ul><ul><li>Cortisol levels drop 25% in 1 hour Vs. 10% w/CBT or 11% with no treatment 4 </li></ul><ul><li>PCL-M and SA-45 scores drop. </li></ul><ul><li>6 one hour sessions of EFT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>63% reduction in PTSD symptoms 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% effectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Blood clumping observed under a dark field microscope. Poor oxygen transportation. Blood cells after the application of EFT Improved oxygen transportation The Effects of EFT on Blood Rouleaux The stacking up of red blood cells, caused by extra or abnormal proteins in the blood that decrease the normal distance red cells maintain between each other. See video @
  13. 13. The Effects of EFT on Anxiety Courtesy of: David Feinstein, PhD . Back of Brain: Visual Cortex Front of Brain: Cerebral Cortex Memory, Attention Perceptual Awareness Thought, Language Consciousness
  14. 14. Research Results: Healing PTSD with EFT <ul><li>Study Design </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-treatment evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Used SA-45, PCL-M, ISI, and confidential health history </li></ul><ul><li>Some subjects were wait listed for 30 days (random control group) </li></ul><ul><li>Others received immediate EFT sessions </li></ul><ul><li>6 Sessions – Free – Everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Re-assess after sessions 3 and 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Re-assess after 3 MO. & 6 MO. </li></ul>Initial assessment to 6 session outcomes WL=Wait List -- EFT=Emotional Freedom Technique GSI=General Symptom Index - Severity of symptoms across all Categories - >60=Clinical PST=Positive Symptom Total - Breadth of Symptoms - How many does the person have - > 60=Clinical PCL-M=PTSD Symptoms - >50=Clinical Clinical=Severe and diagnosable mental illness
  15. 15. Research Results Healing PTSD with EFT Six Session Outcomes Three Month Follow-ups GSI=General Symptom Index - Severity of symptoms across all Categories - >60=Clinical PST=Positive Symptom Total- Breadth of Symptoms - How many symptoms present - >60=Clinical PCL-M=PTSD Symptoms - >50=Clinical Clinical=Severe and diagnosable mental illness
  16. 16. Emotional Freedom Technique TM <ul><li>Premise: </li></ul><ul><li>The cause of all exaggerated or abnormal emotional reactions is a disturbance or blockage in the body’s energy system 5 (Subconscious mind) . </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Psychology: </li></ul><ul><li>Change your thinking and your emotional response changes. This is difficult to do. (Emotional charge still present). It’s like talking to a pre-recorded tape; there is no mechanism to change it. </li></ul><ul><li>EFT Psychology: </li></ul><ul><li>Change your emotional response by removing the emotional charge and your thinking changes . This is easy to do. We erase and reprogram the tape! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Emotional Freedom Technique TM <ul><li>The EFT Process </li></ul><ul><li>Measure intensity of issue </li></ul><ul><li>Create a setup phrase to describe the issue – opens the file/plays the tape </li></ul><ul><li>Creates mental focus on the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Tap on “acupoints” while repeating the statement about the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Generates seratonin to reduce emotional intensity 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Why Use EFT? </li></ul><ul><li>Works when other methods have failed </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use Can be self applied </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to create rapid, deep changes </li></ul><ul><li>Unblocks stuck energy & discharges the emotional energy of the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Creates counter conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Seratonin reduces emotional intensity of the file/tape </li></ul><ul><li>Corrects Psychological Reversal </li></ul>
  18. 18. Emotional Freedom Technique TM <ul><li>How EFT Works: </li></ul><ul><li>Specific phrasing activates the issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Tap on acupoints with our fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping creates biochemical process in the body’s meridians 1 . </li></ul><ul><li>Produces opioid neuropeptides (molecules of emotion) and endorphins 2 . </li></ul><ul><li>Produces excess Cortisol to down-regulate the alarm response 2 . </li></ul><ul><li>Produces “feel good” neurotransmitters like serotonin 2 . </li></ul><ul><li>Releases emotional charge(s) connected to specific issues (conditioned response/energetic disturbance) 1, 2 . </li></ul><ul><li>Corrects psychological reversal (PR) – negative thoughts that prevent healing/success 5 . </li></ul>
  19. 19. Emotional Freedom Technique TM <ul><li>Psychological Reversals (PR): </li></ul><ul><li>PR is like putting batteries into your electronic device BACKWARDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative thoughts or beliefs about self. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of PR w/PTSD - Guilt, Shame, Unworthiness, Undeservedness </li></ul><ul><li>PR is always present with Depression, Addictions, Degenerative Disease & Money Issues </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t want to quit smoking. — resistance to change/self sabotage. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t deserve to get over this issue. — Worthiness issue. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not safe for me to get over this issue. — Safety issue. </li></ul><ul><li>This issue is part of my identity (who I am Vs. what I do). </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t want to completely get over this issue. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Highly e ffective </li></ul><ul><li>Can be self applied. Easier to use than EMDR </li></ul><ul><li>Works on m ost i ssues </li></ul><ul><li>Safe , g entle , q uick & s imple . Safe for use on children </li></ul><ul><li>Successful when other methods have failed 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Easily Combined w/other therapeutic techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Creates deep, lasting shifts w ithout any known side effects 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with other forms of therapy and medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Successes: </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse of any type </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction of depression & anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive Shame & Guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate & Food Cravings </li></ul><ul><li>Nicotine & Cocaine Cravings </li></ul><ul><li>Grief & Unresolved Losses </li></ul><ul><li>Claustrophobia </li></ul><ul><li>Money Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul><ul><li>Dysfunctional Belief Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Crohns Disease - off all meds and pain free </li></ul>Other EFT Info:
  21. 21. <ul><li>Volunteer for a Demonstration! </li></ul><ul><li>Fears? </li></ul><ul><li>Food Cravings? </li></ul><ul><li>Cigarette Addiction? </li></ul>Emotional Freedom Technique TM
  22. 22. Notes & References <ul><li>Ruden, MD, Ph. D., Ronald, Why Tapping Works , Presented at the ACEP Conference in Baltimore, MD, April 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Lane, Ph. D., Jim, Wolpe not Woo Woo: How to explain Meridian Therapies to Behaviorally Oriented Psychotherapists , The Energy Field , Volume 7, Issue 2, Summer, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Church, Ph. D., Dawson, et al, Psychological Trauma in Veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Randomized Controlled Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Church, Ph. D., Dawson, Why Energy Therapies Work Fast , ACEP Conference, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Craig, Gary, Emotional Freedom Techniques, The Manual, </li></ul><ul><li>Research sponsored by the Soul Medicine Institute, Dawson Church, PhD, lead researcher, or </li></ul><ul><li>Figley, Charles, Traumatology </li></ul><ul><li>For more information visit the following web sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life Script Counseling Services -- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Iraq Stress Project -- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology -- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans Business Council -- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>David Feinstein -- </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Notes & References <ul><li>The Living Matrix - </li></ul><ul><li> - Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and CDC </li></ul><ul><li>Porpiglia, Thomas A., MS, LMHC, DCEP, PTSD in Veterans, 1996 </li></ul>