Citation: Dawson Church (no citation information available in the PDF). Full paper. Abstract A group of 59 veterans with clinical levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms received Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) coaching in a randomized controlled trial. A significant percentage dropped below the clinical threshold after 6 sessions of EFT (86%, p < .0001)… Read More »
Citation: Borrowing Benefits: Group Treatment With Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Is Associated With Simultaneous Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms. Church D, House D. J Evid Based Integr Med. 2018 Jan-Dec;23:2156587218756510. doi: 10.1177/2156587218756510. Links: The abstract can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29468884 or at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2156587218756510 with access to both abstract and a pdf of the full paper.… Read More »
Citation Church, Dawson; Feinstein, David. Excerpted from Psychology of Trauma, edited by Thijs Van Leeuwen and Marieke Brouwer, © 2013, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Abstract Energy Psychology (EP) protocols use elements of established therapies such as exposure and cognitive processing and combine them with the stimulation of acupuncture points. EP methods such as EFT (Emotional… Read More »
Citation: Libby, D. J., Pilver, C. E., & Desai, R. (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine in VA specialized PTSD treatment programs. Psychiatric Services, 63(11), 1134–1136. For the full research paper: https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.201100456 Abstract Objective: This survey documented the provision of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specialized posttraumatic stress… Read More »
Citation Dawson Church, Ph.D, These data were presented at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology conference, San Diego, June 4, 2012. Full paper. Abstract A randomized controlled trial of veterans with clinical levels of PTSD symptoms found significant improvements after EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Although pain, depression, and anxiety were not the primary targets of… Read More »
Citation: Al-Hadethe, A., Hunt, N., Ghaffar, A., Thomas, S. Randomised Controlled Study Comparing Two Psychological Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Vs. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 4:4. Abstract Background: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological reaction after traumatic events. The aim of… Read More »
Citation: Church, D., Sparks, T., Clond, M. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Resiliency in Veterans at Ricks for PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Explore, June 2016 Abstract Prior research indicates elevated but subclinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as a risk factor for a later diagnosis of PTSD. This study examined the progression of symptoms… Read More »
The Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program (Reset), an innovative intensive outpatient behavioral health program was created at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas, This study explored the effectiveness of a an integrated approach to working with PTSD and other factors with EFT and other complementary therapies. The researchers found that PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and resilience showed significant improvement after treatment. The degree of improvement also increased significantly for patients who went through the program in the later years. Researchers attribute this to the fact that the CAM modalities were introduced and expanded upon in these later years as the program developed. This indicates that the different modes of complementary and alternative medicine contributed to a greater decrease in PTSD and other symptoms. These results definitely suggest that CAM treatments may have be extremely beneficial as an adjunct to traditional treatments of PTSD, anxiety, depression, pain and other common symptoms suffered by military personnel.
This study exploring the use of both EFT and CBT for the treatment of refugee women in the Congo who have experienced gender violence adds to the body of work demonstrating that both techniques are effective treatment for PTSD symptoms. It indicates that these two therapies should be considered treatments for institutions that are assisting refugees.