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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















    
Recommended Reading

Acacia Counseling
Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT


Recommended Reading



The Parents' Guide -- 

--Dinkmeyer & McKay


When I Say No, I Feel Guilty -- 

--Manuel Smith


Games People Play -- 

--Eric Berne


I Ain't Much Baby, But I'm All I Got -- 

--Jess Lair


What Do I Do Now, God? -- 

--Jess Lair


Winning Through Intimidation -- 

--Robert Ringer  

(Title is misleading.  It isn't about that.)


Looking Out For Number One --

-- Robert Ringer


How to Win Friends and 

Influence People -- --Dale Carnegie  

(Original version is better than the one 

edited by his heirs.)


Games Alcoholics Play - The Analysis of Scripts -- 

--Claude Steiner


Games Alcoholics Play -- The Analysis of Life Scripts 

-- Eric Berne


How to Stop the One You Love From Drinking 

-- Mary Ellen Pinkham


Born to win:  Transactional Analysis with Gestalt 

Experiments 1971  --  

--Dorothy Jongeward and Muriel James


I'm OK - You're OK -- 

--Thomas Harris


Type A Behavior and Your Heart
.............................Meyer Friedman

Why Women Get the Blues 
Brian Greer, M.D., and Carla Greer.  
Globe Communic., Boca Raton, FL; NY, NY.
(Available on Amazon.com)

Time For a Better Marriage
 ..........................Dinkmeyer & Carlson

Domestic Conflict Containment Program........
Peter Neidig ............
Behavioral Science Associates, Beaufort, S.C.

Learning to Live Without Violence.....
Sonkin & Durphy....................
.................... Volcano Press, San Francisco

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem ....................
Nathaniel Branden

The Psychology of Self-Esteem ....................
Nathaniel Branden

Man the Manipulator...................................
Everett Shostrom

Between Man and Woman, 
The Dynamics of Intersexual Relationships ...
Everett Schostrom