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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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Hyposis -- Pain during sleep

You have said... that you have experienced pain ...during your hours... of sleep.  Of course, this will  have to change.  And... it will change.

From this time on, whenever you go to sleep, you will rapidly... fall asleep.  Once fall asleep, you can rise up out ... of your tired, aching body, and  walk... into the next room, leaving... your poor body behind, to continue its sleep.

During the night, you can do... whatever you wish.  You might... read a book, watch TV, surf the web, or... whatever you like.  

Toward the end... of your sleeping time, perhaps... as you see light... coming in... through the window.  Once... it is near... the time you plan... to awaken, you return to your bed, slide into your body, and prepare... to awaken.

You find ...that you have had... the deepest, most restful... and refreshing sleep... you have had... in years, and you will feel refreshed... the whole day long.