An exciting new research study was just published by a collaboration of scientists that has identified a 10 day window of time that exists immediately after a traumatic event before significant neuron and synaptic changes happen that can turn a single trauma into an event that can alter a lifetime and potentially even lead to… Read More »
new study released this week suggests a significant connection between childhood trauma and cellular aging. The length of chromosomal end-caps, called telomeres, are increasingly being found to be related to increased risk of disease and shorter lifespans and were found to be in this study most likely to be affected by the predominance of childhood emotional trauma.
“The science is clear: ACEs dramatically affects health, across a lifespan…That’s where the hope lies…This is treatable. This is beatable…The single most important thing that we need today is the COURAGE to look this problem in the face: This is Real. This is ALL of us. WE are the movement.”
This study by Church and Brooks explores EFT & other CAM techniques for helping veterans and their spouses with PTSD symptoms including EFT, yoga, meditation and other neuroregulating techniques ub a retreat setting.
This paper from the journal, Traumatology, is the first to explore a population which desperately needs effective ways to deal with and cope with stress and trauma; adolescents who have been physically and psychologically/emotionally traumatized at home. In this study, a single EFT session was provided to the active treatment group while the other randomized control group was waitlisted without EFT intervention. While the wait list group reported no significant changes in their subjective measurement scores, the EFT group, 30 days later were re assessed and the after test scores revealed that 100% of those who received EFT were “nonclinical on the total score as well as the intrusive and avoidant symptom subscales and SUDs.” Given the significance of the results of this study, and with the intervention being only a single EFT session, I again hope to see this study validated by a replication study.
7 Iraqi and Vietnam War veterans were treated with 6 sessions of EFT and symptom severity decreased significantly by 40%, anxiety decreased 46%, depression 49%, and PTSD 50% and the gains were maintained at the 90-day follow-up.
Signs of Vicarious Trauma
According to the American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network, if you as a practitioner find yourself doing the following, you should consider that VT is involved:
You avoid talking or thinking about what the trauma effected client(s) have been talking about, almost being numb to it.
You are in a persistently aroused state; e.g. you: find yourself losing sleep over clients, worry that you are not doing enough for your client(s), find yourself being jumpy and easily startled, are more easily irritated and/or angered, dreaming about your client’s traumatic experiences, having intrusive thoughts about your clients when not at work, feeling less satisfaction and less hope with your work.
This powerful video demonstrates Alina Frank using EFT Tapping and Matrix Reimprinting EFT with a Korean war veteran. Much can be gleaned from the privilege of viewing the process that this veteran works through. Caution; some descriptions are quite graphic and could be triggering for those individuals suffering from PTSD or others who might be… Read More »
A theory well described in Bessel A. van der Kolk’s 1989 article, The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma; Re-enactment, Re-victimization and Masochism. He reports that when a person is exposed to trauma, especially in childhood, traumatic events such as those experienced in this man’s life; loss of a parent, exposure to suicide, violence to a school friend, and likely even more that may never be known, there is a profound impact on an individual’s psychological development and the resultant compulsive behavioral repetition may even be accompanied by a loss of conscious memory of the original traumas.