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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


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 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 36 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 to 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. 



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