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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

What are your attitudes...

(about sex?)


Unless sex results in climax or orgasm it is a failure.

All affectionate physical contact must lead to intercourse.

Sexual dissatisfactions and the inability to perform sexually are rare, occurring only in unhealthy relationships.

Masturbation is an inferior and immature form of sexual behavior.

The major factors in determining a woman's sexual response are the size of her partner's penis and how long he can last.

When an individual is in love and sexually satisfied, he or she is never sexually attracted to anyone else.

When couples are in love, there is no need to talk about sex because they automatically know how to please each other sexually.

Sex is something men do TO women.

Sex is something men do FOR women.

Men are always ready and willing to have sex.

Men should initiate all sexual activity.

Men should not express feelings of tenderness and affection.

Women should be passive when it comes to sex.

You should always go along with your partner and have sex even if you are not interested at the moment.

If your partner is not interested, the way to gain cooperation for sex is to win an argument.

The relationship in regard to other things should not have anything to do with whether you are interested in sex.

Sex should be used as a bargaining tool, withheld for revenge, or to gain leverage in a power struggle.

Debate is a good way to obtain sex from your partner.

Below:  Select "always," "Often," "Sometimes," "Occasionally," "Never."

1. I feel good about my body.

2. I feel good about the degree of closeness I have with the opposite sex in my life.

3. I think it's OK to masturbate if one chooses to.

4. I am content with my level of sexual activity.

5. I feel comfortable with lookling at myself in the mirror.

6. I feel comfortable touching persons of my own sex.

7. I love myself unconditionally.

8. I experience a desire to grow closer to other people.

9. I am aware of the difference between loving someone and needing someone's love.

10. I am able to love others without dominating or being dominated by them.

11. I am able to love others unconditionally.

12. I experience love for many people and things around me.

13. My sexual education is adequate.