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                    Acacia Counseling
 
           Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT

TAPAS ACCUPRESSURE TECHNIQUE (TAT) 

To treat a problem using TAT, follow these instructions:
1.) Rate the strength of your feeling you are experiencing right now, on a scale of 1-10, when you think of the problem.
That number is the SUD (Subjective Units of Discomfort.)
2.) Put your thumb against the inside corner of one eye. Place the ring finger against the inside corner of the other eye.
3.) Place the middle two fingers against your forehead, about a quarter inch above a line between the eyebrows so the
two fingers are lined up with the upper part of the eyebrow.
4.) Cup the other hand, and place it behind your head, with the thumb against your neck, right where it meets the base of the skull.
The little finger will be pressed against your head where it rests. Don't lay your hand flat against your head.
5.) Close your eyes and think of the feeling or event or person that bothers you. Continue for one minute, or until you feel a "shift"
in your body before that. This may be a reflexive sigh.
6.) Keep your pose, and repeat a statement reminding you of the problem in your mind. It may be a person's name,
a phrase about what happened, or the name of the feeling. Continue repeating for one minute, or until you feel a shift.
7.) Keep the pose, and repeat in your mind a statement which is opposite of the problem -- even if you don't believe it.
This might be "I will feel comfortable when I do that," or "I will feel calm and relaxed," whatever is opposite to what has been the case.
Continue repeating for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
8.) Keep the pose, and concentrate your attention on the part of your body where you feel your feelings. That will be different for different people.
Continue for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
9.) Rate your SUD again.

TAT Links:
Learning and Using TAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcNlj2SdzmM
How To Do TAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDF_qUntDg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcxaZW57ymY















    
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       About the therapist --

Hello.  I'm Gene Douglas.  I was born and raised in El Reno, OK, graduated from El Reno High School, and later from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 1967.  


I later graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1983, with a master's degree in counseling.


Since graduation at the master's level, I have added the Oklahoma licenses "Licensed Professional Counselor," and "Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist" (LPC and LMFT.)  I am certified as a licensure supervisor for persons working on getting the LPC or LMFT.  At the time of this writing, I have acquired 34 years experience.


I have done additional course work, including at Texas Woman's University and O.U.  I have added skills in and outside of universities in regard to hypnotism, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapas Accupressure Technique (TAT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which have been invaluable additions to my knowledge and ability.   (See the "Techniques and Services" page and other pages on those topics, under "More.")


As for my personal life, I have three children, who have all grown up, plus four grandchildren, most of whom are grown.


If you have any questions about me, please go the the "Contact" page and ask.  You may want to see the page on Mental Health Professionals.  If you have a point of view about my website or practice, please go to the "Survey" page.  Click on "More," and then scroll down. 


Thanks,

Gene


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