Video: When Your Client Wants to Process a Traumatic Event – The Tell The Story Technique

Today, I want to talk about a technique that’s great for when your client wants to work on a traumatic memory that involves a threat (or the perception of a threat) to his or her personal safety, such as a sexual or physical assault, a car accident, a sports injury, a surgical procedure, etc. 

In other words, we aren’t discussing the usual upsetting or distressing events for which we use Basic EFT. Instead, we’re addressing traumatic memories that, one could argue, are recorded differently by the nervous system.

For this technique to work best, your client should have a specific memory in mind, ideally one that lasts just a few minutes and has no more than 4 or 5 “peaks of emotional intensity.” If the traumatic incident lasted an hour or more, you can have them start with a shorter segment within that memory.

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