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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

Recommended Reading

Acacia Counseling

Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT

Family, Marital and Individual 


Licensure Supervision

Testing / Assessments

6801 S. Western, Office #106

Southwest Office Center

First office on left as you enter the building

Two buildings south of a 7-11 store.

Telephone: 546-5096*  (answering service)

Cash, check, credit cards, Medicaid or 

qualified insurance accepted.

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.  Knock on the

door if this happens.

Even though my office is the first when you

enter the building, some people still have a 

problem finding it.
You do not have to turn a corner.  Once you
pass the stairway, you're there.  My office

has a big window, with a sign reading, 
"Acacia Counseling."

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 topics that are addressed at Acacia 

Counseling include:

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

Family Counseling

In many cases it is important 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
  • ADHD
  • Rebuilding Trust
  • Family Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Marriage Enrichment

Payment by cash, check, credit card, Medicaid   
(up to age 21) and qualified insurance.

Rate:  $90, scaling down to $50, depending 
on hardship.

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" and using 

the arrow keys will allow you to reach the 

bottom items.  Sometimes it works better if you 

then release the left click and then use the 

arrow key alone.

Notice-- This does not show well on cell phones.  

Some cell phones have a control called 

"desktop version" or something similar.  

Click on that and it may show properly.  

If it makes the print too small, return to

your previous setting.

See other cell-friendly pages, including

Recommended Reading, under "More."

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, OK 73107

(405) 522-8100

If you or any other person may be in physical danger

don't rely on counseling alone. 

Call now 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (24 hours hotline) 

See also:  Cell-Friendly Reading List, 
                   Cell-Friendly Testing Page
                   Cell-Friendly "About the Therapist"