This article is about dealing with the dark side of sex, aka sexual trauma. It is also about the place where sexual trauma and tapping converge. It is about how and when to use EFT (and when NOT to) with regard to helping yourself or helping others to heal from the effects of such trauma. This is a sensitive topic, we know. We promise that this article will not be graphic, but still, please proceed with caution and remember to resource yourself by tapping on yourself if it is a triggering issue for you.
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.
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.
Somatic Trauma Educator Suzanne Fageol and Dr. Craig Weiner, DC and EFT trainer/trauma educator offer this 60 minute presentation exploring how negative things from the past often affect a person’s lifetime and offer insight into healing a traumatic past. They explore a beginning look into the neurobiology of trauma, how negative experiences literally become wired… Read More »
This interview with Jon Gabriel was created in collaboration and preparation for the launch of the documentary Lose the Stress, Lose the Weight; EFT Tapping for Weight Loss. It features Jon Gabriel, the developer of the Gabriel Method and Carol Look, a master EFT practitioner. The Science of Natural Healing with Dr. Craig Weiner &… Read More »
I think of the amygdala as a satellite dish that is never turned off and receives emotional and sensory information which it then processes and passes along to get stored in our cortex. I think of my amygdala as my security camera, that act as an early warning system in the middle of my head, working to keep me safe from harm.
Personally I have known about and written about the ACE studies (link) for many years, but it was not until recently when I was asked to be interviewed for the upcoming Tapping for Weight Loss film documentary with John Gabriel and Carol Look that I discovered the most interesting aspect of the back-story that makes this paradigm-changing study so remarkable.