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Using E.F.T. for Trauma and Combat Stress

09 Jan

Hi Belleruth,
I'm a "fan" and I've read your books and have referred clients to your CDs. My question is this: Do you use and or support EFT for trauma and combat PTSD?
[Ed note: EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a protocol that has people tapping on acupressure points while recalling or retelling their traumatic event(s), a process that somehow releases the trapped energy of those memories and thus reduces or eliminates PTS symptoms – sometimes with surprising speed]

Sue Hannibal, Army wife and EFT Practitioner


Sue, absolutely yes.  The timing of my reading your question is a little spooky and synchronicitous, because not ten minutes earlier, I’d just finished reviewing a Gary Craig DVD, given to me some time ago by EFT master trainer, Carol Look.  (It was powerful, inspiring and persuasive, even though I was not wild about the title - The Answer - because it implies there is one Silver Bullet for combat stress, and those of us who have been around the block a few times know we need many silver bullets – a whole toolkit of silver bullets – for the variety of people and conditions that are out there.)

We proudly carry Mary Sise's video of an EFT protocol in our catalog (even though she calls it Thought Field Therapy, it’s really more like EFT), and I recommend it a lot for combat stress.  It would certainly be good if more returning warriors knew about EFT.

Namaste back to you,

Ed. Note:  You can see a very moving example of Sue using EFT with a traumatized Navy Corpsman, who releases a terrible memory from childhood that got activated by his violent experiences in Iraq.  At 10, he saw/heard his distraught babysitter shoot and kill her husband and then herself.  Terrified, he also was scared for his younger siblings. They all got out OK, but the memory stuck (literally).  

Note that during these sessions, she is tapping herself, too – not just to guide him by example, but also to release the trauma in herself as she hears the story repeated over and over.  You may want to do the same as you watch.  The radiant, relieved look on the corpsman’s face when he completes the work is like the sun coming out. That was in 2004 and, according to Sue, he remains symptom free.  Click here to watch the 16 minute clip: 

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award