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                    Acacia Counseling
           Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT


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
How To Do TAT

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Acacia Counseling
SouthWest Oklahoma City

Gene Douglas, M.Ed.  LPC  LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In practice since 1983

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From 59th & S. Western, go south.
       From a 7-11 on the corner, go south two buildings.
   If you get as far as Braum's, you have gone too far.

Providing Family, Marital and Individual Counseling 

Assessments / Mental Evaluation

Licensure Supervision -- LPC, LMFT

6801 S. Western, Office #106

Southwest Office Center

First office on left as you enter the building

Click "Get Directions" for picture of building.

Telephone:  546-5096* (answering service)

Office hours:

M-Th   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fri-Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

By appointment only.   If you arrive very early,  

I may not be there until appointment time.

If we have an after-hours appointment, the building door may be locked.  If that happens, knock on the door.
Though my office is the first you come to, some people still have a problem finding it.  Once you pass the stairway, you're there.
My office has a big window, with a sign in it reading "Acacia Counseling."

Testing-- MMPI, SASSI, IQ, ASI, Beck, & others.

Individual Counseling

This counseling approach allows the client and therapist the opportunity to work specifically on the individual’s area or areas of concern. Individual counseling topics that are addressed at Acacia Counseling include:

  • Anger
  • Phobias
  • Sexual Struggles
  • Pornography abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Smoking
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Boundary / Codependency Issues
  • Self Harm
  • Family Conflict
  • High Risk Behaviors and Behavioral Concerns
  • ...and others.
  • Hypnotism to improve habits
  • Testing -- Assessment / Evaluation

Family Counseling

In many cases it is helpful to engage the whole family unit in the counseling process. 

Acacia Counseling addresses the following issues through a Family Counseling approach:

  • Parent/Teen Conflict
  • Child Management
  • Rebuilding Trust
  • Family Boundaries 
  • Communication
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Marriage Enrichment

Cash, check, credit cards, Medicaid (up to age 21), or qualified insurance accepted.

Rate -- $90, scaling down to $50 if there is a hardship.
Medicaid available for persons under 21 only.

Notice--  The "More" list does not completely show on some computers, such as a tablet.  If you make the page smaller, it will show at the bottom, or if you attach a mouse with a scroll wheel, it will do so.  

On a laptop, pressing the "left click" on a vacant area and using the arrow keys will allow you to reach the bottom items.  Sometimes it works better if you release the left click and then use the arrow key. (A Chromebook laptop may not scroll all the way down.)

Notice-- I do not accept suicidal clients.   If you have that sort of problem, please contact the Crisis Center at:  

Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center

2625 General Pershing Blvd. (East of Fairgrounds)

Oklahoma City 73107

(405) 522-8100

If you or any other person may be in physical danger - don't rely on counseling alone. 

Call now 1-800-273-TALK (24 hours hotline) or 911 (police.)  (Other emergency services.)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging):
Crisis Text Line: Text "DESERVE" TO 741-741
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) 
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
Veterans Crisis Line:
Suicide Prevention Wiki:

6801 S. Western Oklahoma City, OK