Anger Management

School Counselor on anger and tension,

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(Author's name withheld for confidentiality reasons)

Two weeks ago, I attended my first ever conference on energy therapies. It included EFT and seemed to me to be the easiest one to use for anyone, including children.

I work in a school setting and have had the opportunity to use EFT with four students.

Student #1 was a second grader who was experiencing nightmares and intrusive images about an incident involving a knife. He ranked his anger as a 10 on the SUDS scale and it remained unchanged after the first round of tapping.

After the second round, it decreased to a five. It was down to a one after the third round and to a zero after the fourth. I followed up with him yesterday and his anger continues to remain at a zero. He did mention that he has had a couple of dreams where he is being chased (the earlier difficulties involved his brother). I asked if he would like to work on those, but he declined.

Student #2 is an eighth grader who has been dealing with a variety of grief issues and is acting out in class, along with having academic problems. He identified tension as his main difficulty and we were able to reduce it from an 8 to a zero after three rounds of tapping. I spoke with him yesterday and he reported that his tension remains at a zero. He reports feeling better, doing better with his behavior and having his grades improve. He shared with me that during one class, he was feeling especially frustrated and decided to tap. He tapped on his chest and his hands; he noticed a decrease in his frustration and an increase in his energy level.

Student #3, a third grader, has been struggling with his parents' divorce. As a result of his anger, he had been taking out his aggression on his younger brother. When I met with him, his anger level was at a five. We reduced it to a zero with one round of tapping. I called his mom to explain what I had done and she asked if I could put this tapping sequence on paper, so she could help him with it at home. I met with him yesterday and the anger remains at a zero.

Student #4, an eighth grader, has dealt with a myriad of issues at home and has the propensity to rage when he gets in touch with his anger. He rated his anger yesterday at an 8. After the first round of tapping, it was decreased to a 4. After the second round, when asked to rank his anger, his only response was "I don't know." My sense and the sense of the other teacher in the room was that it had most likely decreased to a one or a zero and the student was unable to get in touch with that feeling. During the second round of tapping, his voice volume decreased and his whole body appeared more relaxed.

In the interest of confidentiality, I would ask that you only refer to me as a school counselor, not using my name or initials.

School Counselor

 

 

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