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Trauma in the trunk of a car

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

This message from Ken Barclay is particularly useful for the student because it describes a case with many aspects. Understanding aspects, of course, is part of the "art of delivery" and is covered in detail in The EFT Course.

Hugs, Gary

by Ken Barclay

Hi Gary,

Since receiving the EFT kit in June, I've had many good experiences with clients, family, and friends. Some of them have been pretty profound; others have been more minor, like a headache cleared up or regaining the ability to fall asleep at night. Probably the most striking one was when working with a young woman who had several severe traumatic experiences with an ex-boyfriend. Penny (fictitious name) was unable to talk or even think about particular incidents until we had worked on the general area of "painful treatment by Richard (also fictitious)." When the negative charge on that was reduced, I asked her to pick the worst of the many traumas she had experienced at his hands. She thought of three "really bad" incidents that were so painful that she couldn't choose the worst. I asked her to pick one at random. She chose the time when he had bound her arms, legs and mouth with duct tape, put her in the trunk of his car, and kept her there while traveling across country for four days. She had no food or water, was not allowed out to relieve herself. The only times he opened the trunk were to beat her.

Needless to say, this incident was not reduced to zero in the first round of EFT. She worked first on the fear she still experienced when thinking of the experience. When that was at about a two or three, her anger became so strong that I felt it best not to pursue fear to zero and we worked on the anger. When that was at a low level (but not zero), her feelings of humiliation came strongly to the foreground. We dealt with that (to zero) and had to stop, since I was already using another client's time. Penny left the session feeling cheerful and "light as a feather." She thought of Richard as pathetic, more than as an object of fear and anger.

Prior to EFT, getting this much movement on Penny's post-trauma stress would have taken so many sessions that I'm sure she would not have stayed the course. And this was just one of three equally (to her) traumatic incidents and numerous less traumatic episodes of devaluing, beatings and threats.

I am looking forward to working with her on her other "tens" but I marvel at how much she accomplished in that one session. Ken Barclay


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