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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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Helping The Hypnotist

If you are preparing to be hypnotized, firstly, if you wear contacts, carry a case with you, so you can remove them. Don't wear earrings, or be prepared to put them in your purse. Dress comfortably, and feel free to loosen your belt or kick off your shoes.

If you are to be hypnotized for smoking, don't smoke before you arrive. Come wanting a cigarette. Likewise, if you "dip," don't take anything for several hours before you come in.

It is helpful if you can describe the details of your problem in behavioral terms.

For example, a karate player was able to tell me that one problem was a lack of concentration.  Sometimes something would happen, and he would think of the points that had cost him, which weakened his reflexes for a moment. Or he would think about how he looked to the audience.

A track runner would sometimes reduce his effort when he would think, "Oh, no, two more laps to go!" A gymnast knew that she had fallen before, and it didn't hurt her, but when she started a back handspring, she would have a feeling she would get hurt. A student was a good reader, and was interested in history, but would become bored when he thought of how much there was yet to read.

A person who was afraid to fly knew that she also feared being a passenger (but not a driver) in a car driving fast on the highway. Standing on a mountain or tall building didn't bother her, nor did watching an airplane take off, and she had no belief that the airplane would crash.

Also, consider that if a direct suggestion doesn't work, an age regression might get to the source of the problem, which would then enable me to know what suggestions to make.

If you can provide me with detailed information, I can create a hypnotic suggestion which can directly address your problem. For example, simply suggesting "you will be a better karate player" would be far less effective for that particular person, than concentrating on loss of concentration, or the things that trigger that.

Likewise, if you tell me you want help with "procrastination," it is more helpful if you can tell me how that happens. That is, what do you procrastinate about, what do you think, and what do you do when that happens?

For example, if you could tell me, "I procrastinate studying. Math bores me. When I begin to study, I go to the fridge and get a snack. Then when I start to study, I call a friend first, and we spend some time together. Before I know it, the day is gone, and I figure I can do it tomorrow. But tomorrow, it may be a good TV show, or something on the internet that distracts me."

If you can give me that kind of detail, you help me to write a suggestion that is directly on target.


 Please see the page "Before You Are Hypnotized" if you have not already.