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                    Acacia Counseling
 
           Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT

TAPAS ACCUPRESSURE TECHNIQUE (TAT) 

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcNlj2SdzmM
How To Do TAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDF_qUntDg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcxaZW57ymY















    
Recommended Reading

 
The Unseen Therapist Within You

There is a process that you already possess, residing in yourself.  This can heal your distress and its symptoms more rapidly and easily than anything you have seen.

To see exactly what this is, go to the following website:

https://www.unseentherapist.com/ut.v4.pdf

Unseen Therapist

This is a free 94-page book.  You can reduce the number of pages to read by fast-forwarding through the testimonials.  For the "How To" part, start at page 75.  Or, use "find" to go straight to "Phase 2."

You may want to view the personifying of this resource as just a metaphor.  Rather than viewing the Unseen Therapist as "she," you can also view it as a process, which can rapidly wipe away ill feeling, resulting from memories of hurtful events.

Where the medical aspects are concerned, please note the part that says there are no guarantees, and you should consider this experimental.  If you believe a medical condition has improved, consult with your doctor (M.D., D.O., etc.) before you do anything different than before.

Here is a part of the free book (mentioned above.)  I would suggest a short-hand version, involving fewer steps, found at my name, Gene Douglas, near the bottom of this page, or just starting at Phase 3, "Enter a Loving Moment," seen below.

Step by Step Through the Personal Peace 

Procedure


(...) Paragraphs omitted


The Personal Peace Procedure

Our fundamental process for personal healing couldn’t be simpler. Here are the steps:


  1. Identify a bothersome specific event from your past.
  2. Be quiet, loving and invite The Unseen Therapist to resolve it.

This two-step method is the basic routine that permeates our sessions with The Unseen Therapist and, fortunately, anyone can do it.


You will notice that physical issues seem to be missing from the process. That’s consistent with our teachings as we are aiming at the emotional issues underlying the true cause of all our ailments, including the physical ones. Alleviating the true cause is like pulling a weed out by the roots, rather than merely cutting off the top. To the extent you can get to the emotional roots, physical issues are likely to diminish or leave.lta


For best results, though, each step needs further explanation. Let’s start with what we really mean by step 1, “Identify a bothersome specific event from your past.”


Step 1. Identify a Bothersome Specific Event from your Past

You might wonder why we use the term “specific event” in the above step instead of the term “issue.” Let me explain this important distinction.


At first it might seem obvious that statements like “my anger problem” or “my back pain” would suffice for identifying the problem. After all, those words describe your experience and those feelings are what you would like eliminated.


However, those descriptions and thousands of others, ranging from pains and diseases to anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are symptoms that come from deeper, emotional causes. Thus, we need to define the problem in terms of the actual emotional causes. Otherwise, we are aiming at a target that is much too general.


There is an occasional exception to this, however. Sometimes we can aim The Personal Peace Procedure directly at physical symptoms and, to our surprise, the problem vanishes in moments. This can be the case when nothing has been hidden about this issue, i.e. when enough is on the table for The Unseen Therapist to address.


Over the years, we have given such astonishing results a name. We call them, “one minute wonders.” Please note, however, that many of these “successes” are either temporary or partial. This is because related emotional causes, or pieces thereof, are still “under the table” and hidden from view. Since the resolution is incomplete, the corresponding physical symptoms eventually reappear.


Nonetheless, aiming at physical symptoms can be worth a try and I sometimes start a session this way. I do this because, when it works, even temporarily, it shows the client right away that The Unseen Therapist has unmistakable power.


As stated, longer term results usually require that we aim at underlying emotional causes and thus we need to dig into specifics. That leads us to “specific events,” the difficult experiences of our pasts that contain our negative emotional causes.


Specific Events

So, let’s define a specific event.


It is like a short, emotionally charged, very specific movie from your past lasting a few seconds to a minute or two. It has characters, a beginning, an end, and an emotional peak or crescendo. If there is more than one crescendo, shorten the movie to contain only one.


Incorrect example: My father often abused me. (Way too general. Very little specificity. No emotional crescendo involved. Not a Specific Event.)


Correct example: The time when my father hit me in front of my friends at my age eight birthday party and I felt so angry. (Very specific. An actual event with an emotional crescendo).


To help assure that you are aiming at a true specific event, it is useful to house the wording within a sentence of this form…


“The time when [who did what] and I felt [emotion]. “

This will lead you right into a specific event with the emotional crescendo attached.

(Gene Douglas:  When you think of a specific event, you call up specific memories, and make them available for treatment.  You unconsciously remember a lot of humiliating experiences, and when that event happened it caused you to recall a lot of earlier memories and permanently connect them with the memory of that event.)


Examples:


“The time when my third grade teacher told me I was stupid and I felt so embarrassed.”
“The time when I cheated on that math test and I felt so guilty.”
“The time when I fell off the roof and I felt so scared.”
“The time when I was molested by X and felt so confused.”
“The time when I saw Uncle John in his funeral casket and felt so sad.”
“The time when I was left home alone and felt so unlovable.”


As you gain experience with this process, you will see that just about every emotional issue can be reduced to one or more specific events from your past. Fortunately, it is these specific events that help prepare our issues for The Unseen Therapist. Properly done, their detailed nature serves to bring more out of hiding and thus puts more on the table for resolution.


We will be making a list of your specific events soon so it would benefit you to read and re-read the above discussion.


Now we turn to the second step in The Personal Peace Procedure. Once we have identified a bothersome specific event we need to…


Step 2. Be Quiet, Loving and Invite The Unseen Therapist to Resolve It.


Please read and practice this segment several times on one or more specific events. It is so important that I have broken it down into 5 phases, each of which deserves your attention. Eventually, these phases will automatically merge into one seamless routine that you can use for every specific event.


The process may seem strange — even awkward — at first but, once you have achieved even the smallest results, you will have launched your journey across the bridge. After that, your benefits will expand as far as your motivation takes you.


Phase 1:

Assume an expectation of success: This phase becomes automatic once you have achieved results. At first, though, we must address our previously stated lack of trust about The Unseen Therapist’s abilities to resolve our issues. We may be hopeful about this but, until we experience results, complete trust may be a bit beyond our grasp.


Fortunately, as a beginner, you do not need an unshakable belief. Just a simple expectation of success will do. No routine is necessary and you can adopt this attitude in an instant. If you need assistance in this you might want to say to yourself, “Okay, Unseen Therapist, do your thing” or “Bring it on” or “I need your help” or anything else that suggests you are at least open to Her assistance.


As I said early on, The Unseen Therapist is really your “spiritual healer within” and it is this capacity you are trying to coax out of yourself. That’s why you want to assume an expectation of success and avoid obstructive thoughts like, “This can’t possibly work.”


Phase 2:

Achieving quietness: Being quiet takes the most practice because of the constant chatter that tends to occupy our minds. The quieter the better and, happily, it doesn’t need to be perfect to achieve beginner’s benefits.

At first, I had a difficult time getting quiet and needed to be in a silent room, away from the telephone and distracting noises. Now, I can do this in a noisy restaurant. It’s just practice. Meditators are quite familiar with the process.


So, sit comfortably in a quiet space and take one or more deep breaths. You might want to count backwards from 10 to 0 to help remove the interference from the ricocheting thoughts in your mind. Don’t expect perfection on your first tries. Consider them your first attempts at learning a new, vitally important skill.


Phase 3:

Entering a loving moment: Then recall a loving moment and immerse yourself in that feeling. This focused form of thought not only sets up the healing power of love but it’s focus can also assist you in getting rid of the competing chatter.


The loving moment does not need to be dramatic and worthy of a Hollywood movie. It need only be something personal to you. Perhaps it is a family moment or a moment while breast feeding a child. It could be with a pet or a lover or a simple kindness in which you were involved. It could even be a loving moment from a novel or a gentle touch from someone else. There are thousands of possibilities. If you cannot find one, then make one up or imagine enjoying nature.


From experience, I can tell you that The Unseen Therapist is ever present and instantly recognizes what you are doing. Thus, the mere effort of getting quiet and adopting a loving moment, even if it is not done “perfectly,” is seen by Her as an invitation. Some beginners stress needlessly about this because they need to “do it right.” Don’t be one of them.


Phase 4:

Run your specific event movie and offer it to The Unseen Therapist for resolution: Your next phase is to mentally shift to your specific event. This tells The Unseen Therapist what you want resolved. Run this movie in your mind and focus on the emotional crescendo.


But take it easy. No need to cause yourself pain by running through it in dramatic fashion. If focusing on the emotional crescendo causes you discomfort, then back off the focus a bit so that it is tolerable. She is listening and can still bring clarity, resolution and peace to it.


As you perform this procedure, it may help to imagine The Unseen Therapist at work through one or more metaphors. For example, I sometimes envision an emotional issue as a red, throbbing ball or as a persistent vibration within my body (I refer to this as the “jitters”). 


Then I imagine The Unseen Therapist as a gentle waterfall or cool breeze that cools the red ball or calms down the vibration. You could also imagine flooding the crescendo with love or having it float off into the heavens. Many examples are possible. You might start with the ones above and then develop others that customize more fittingly to your specific event(s).


You may also receive images or messages as this process proceeds. If so, make note of them. They are often pointers to important related issues and/or items that are hidden or otherwise “under the table.” You can resolve them in future sessions with The Unseen Therapist.


Other experiences are possible. Perhaps you will notice a softening of your reaction to the offending people that may be in your specific event. Or maybe physical discomforts will subside — now or later. Then again, you may not notice anything on your first tries. That’s okay. Remember, you are a beginner. People’s circumstances differ widely and thus there is no precise way these results manifest for everyone.


The time involved will vary from person to person but, for newcomers, it typically ranges from two to ten minutes. I am very experienced at it and take far less time, usually less than a minute. Just stay with it until you feel you have reached a plateau or end. If in doubt, err on the longer side but, again, do not become overly concerned about “doing it right.” Just give it a reasonable effort. You have more practicing to do and things will eventually fall into place.


Phase 5:

Test your result: Once you are done with a specific event, a simple way to test the effectiveness of this effort is to run the movie in your mind again and focus on the emotional crescendo. Has it changed? Is it less intense? Is it there at all? Has the emotion changed? I mean, if it was originally anger, is it now sadness or guilt? Are you having difficulty even finding the specific event? Is a different or related specific event coming up instead?

TIP: If a different or related specific event shows up, consider it to be a new candidate for The Personal Peace Procedure.


Any of these results is a positive sign of success because you got movement on your issue in a matter of minutes.


If there was no improvement or if your result was partial or temporary, don’t despair.  Repeating the process may bring you results.  Again, you are a beginner at this process and you likely need more practice. Also, even though you are using specific events, that doesn’t mean you have taken everything out of hiding and put it on the table. There may be related specific events or hidden pieces that still need to be addressed. 

*See "accessing the hidden therapist" at bottom of the page.


Happily, there is a helpful solution to this problem of related specific events and/or hidden pieces. As it turns out, you likely have many bothersome specific events in your life and, whether you realize it or not, they tend to have many things in common. For example: similar settings, similar people, similar themes, similar emotions AND similar hidden pieces.


Thus, if you use The Personal Peace Procedure on several of your bothersome specific events, you will be interfacing with the hidden pieces from several different angles. This will bring more out of hiding and symphonically blend your results into a larger set of benefits. With persistence, this can bring longer term, spectacular gains.

I have been using several kinds of treatments on myself for several years, including a "tapping" technique mentioned in the "more" list. (Accupressure.)  In that time, recurring iritis, which could cause blindness, stopped and has not returned in about 3 years (as of this writing, 7/19.)  Likewise, psoriasis on my elbows. which used to recur several times a year, have not recurred for several years.  I attribute this to having successfully treated lots of memories.  The technique discussed on this page does the same thing as "tapping," except much faster.


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Gene Douglas  12-18-18 -- If you treat a memory successfully and the feelings return later, that just means that there are unconscious memories involved that you haven't treated yet.  In addition to the conscious memory that you recall and realize you are remembering it, there are other memories that are called up, and all you are aware of is the feelings in them.  Your first encounter disconnected a set of unconscious memories from the pain center in your brain, but they had also conneted with another set.  There may be a half dozen or a dozen such sets of memories to treat, before the symptom is permanently removed.

Gene Douglas  12-13-17 --  I have been experimenting with this, and as of now it seems I can skip most of the steps.  I don't regard the unseen therapist as a personality or spirit, but just as a process.  I can think of a problem, and then I imagine myself petting a particular dog I once had.  If I do that, thinking about the "loving experience," I get through the process in 1 or 2 minutes, the fastest I have ever seen.

This morning I thought of a time in my 20's (I'm now in my 70's) in which I did some public speaking, halfway froze up, and did it poorly.  I thought of that, judged the discomfort to be at about 8, then closed my eyes and imagined petting my dog, and a minute later I thought of the experience, and it hardly seemed important.  I was not trying to treat the regret at publicly failing (though that may have happened also) but the unconscious memories that made me freeze up.  Their content was not known, though their emotional effect was.  

That means their presence was assumed.  Learning their number and their intensity of pain would be easy, but unnecessary.

If you think of a symptom, don't just think of the general symptom  Think of an occasion when you were having the symptom.  That makes the unconscious memories behind it available for treatment.  (If you are having the symptom now, you can treat that even if you do not remember an event connected with it.) 

Examples of "loving experiences" can be real or fictional, and might be petting a dog or cat, holding a baby, sitting a child on your lap, hugging, kissing or cuddling somebody.  It is also useful to estimate the strength of a negative feeling on a scale of ten, with a ten being as strong as possible and a five being half as much.  If you then estimate it after treatment, you will have an idea of how much the feeling has gone down.  

For one client, his loving experience was seeing a certain person, and seeing how happy she was to see him again.  That was successful for him.  Another client thought of having dinner with her family, and it didn't work at all.  It may have intellectually seemed like a loving experience, but it was not the kind that would amplify the correct brain waves.  A client said she was unable to think of petting a dog, because her dog was dead, which was irrelevant.  If I can think of a dog that died 60 years ago, she can think of when she petted her dog, too.

See  "Your Unconscious Mind" on this website.  Some people have a problem understanding, or at least believing what some of this is talking about.  Also, on the EFT page, notice the chain of events discussion.  

Aspects of a problem:  Nightmares as an original complaint for a particular person was followed the following week by complaint of a recurring memory of having been in an automobile crash.  The next week it was  followed by recurring thoughts of having lost a leg in the crash, then later of his wife divorcing him, then of getting on drugs, then losing his business, then being arrested and so forth.  These symptoms and memories were treated each visit. The problem isn't "cured" until all aspects are cured.

Newsletter from  Gary Craig:  Here's a recent letter I received from a therapist, "Barbara" (name withheld for privacy reasons), that spells out the problem pretty well.


Barbara's letter:


Hi Gary, I have tried and tried to connect with the unseen therapist with no results. I would really like to add this to my toolbox but it just ain't happening. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. It is very frustrating for me not to be able to access her. I read your ebook. Still nothing at all.


Barbara


My response:


Curious, I called Barbara to ask what she meant by "connecting with" or "accessing" The Unseen Therapist. She responded with some rather elaborate thoughts involving the need to (1) have warm feelings, (2) see someone in a white robe, and (3) other exquisite criteria that anyone, including myself, would be delighted to experience.


Alas, because she wasn't able to do this, she concluded that the exercise was a failure and that The Unseen Therapist was unavailable to her.


In addition, she then asked The Unseen Therapist to bring relief to the arthritis in one of her fingers. No result. More failure. More frustration. What to do?


After our discussion, it was easy to conclude that Barbara was the victim of a common disease, namely...


Hurry-up-itis.


No criticism here. I have the same disease in that I am often impatient and want to have instant results.


But here's the remedy for this common ailment...


When all else fails,
follow the instructions.


Interestingly, I scoured my book, The Unseen Therapist, for any instructions having to do with warm feelings, white robes, etc. and all I could find was...


First, sit quietly, close your eyes and take a deep, relaxing breath. After 5 or 6 seconds, shift your focus to a loving moment. Just recall it. That's all. It can be an experience with a person, a movie, a pet or even a peaceful moment in nature. This is your way of inviting The Unseen Therapist and letting Her know you are open to Her help. A simple remembrance will do. 


No need for a big production or a "Hollywood moment" with angels and harps. You may even have some competing mental chatter. That's OK. You are a beginner. Even if it appears you are "doing it wrong," don't fret. Your mere intention will suffice at this early stage.

(Gene Douglas here:  I once asked a woman to think of a loving experience, and she thought of having dinner with her family.  It didn't work.  She may have defined that as a "loving experience," but it didn't amplify the necessary brain waves to make it work.  Since then, I tell people to think of an "affectionate experience."  And I also suggest it could be real or fictional.)


Back to Gary Craig:


Thus, Barbara didn't need to impose on herself an elaborate requirement that didn't exist. She needed only to recall a simple loving moment. Easy.


Further, Barbara aimed The Unseen Therapist at a SYMPTOM (her arthritic finger) and, because she didn't get an immediate result, dubbed the whole process a failure. My book is loaded with reasons for aiming at CAUSES rather than SYMPTOMS but this, in her haste, escaped her. From the book...


We are not used to this healing power and, despite all the credible info in this book, our built-in beliefs present an imposing barrier to its emergence. That's why we are tip-toeing into this with an aim toward gaining beginner's evidence of this power. It may be slow at first and may violate our need for a "quick fix." We may even appear to come up with nothing on our first tries. That's OK. You are learning a new skill.


But, in time, you WILL get results and, when you do, you will begin your ascent up our Stairway to Miracles. It will be like learning to use a computer and sending your first email. Suddenly you are alerted to the impressive power at your fingertips and, from there, you graduate into a limitless array of wonderments that were previously outside your imagination.


So, if you are not getting results, the lesson here involves being more diligent with the instructions. Hurry-up-itis will, in the long run, slow down or thwart your education. This can be very expensive.


e-hugs, Gary


PS: While you can do a lot with my free intro book, The Unseen Therapist​, you can do much more with our advanced Optimal EFT Course Membership​.


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