Technique Offers Hope for Trauma and PTSD Victims

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The Asian tsunami and violence in Iraq have serious emotional components. We can expect many new victims of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Is there hope for those who suffer? Emotional Freedom Techniques, a little known method, is creating a flurry of optimism. It might be the answer.

Emotional trauma is surfacing as a serious byproduct to the war in Iraq. The tsunami in Asia, with its devastation, is creating thousands of new trauma victims. Many war veterans and victims of violent crime struggle with this debilitating disorder. Emotional pain that continues for months, years or even a lifetime following a traumatic event may be eventually diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each day, emotional stress cripples millions of people.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a little known method, is creating a flurry of excitement with those who have discovered it and offers new hope. Rich, a Vietnam veteran in therapy for 17 years with PTSD, had over 100 haunting war memories, many of which he relived daily. He suffered from insomnia, even with strong medication. He had a major height phobia. After using EFT, every trace of those problems vanished. Another trauma victim says “I unplugged that core and everything began to empty out- like washing out a dirty garbage can. I rarely have panic attacks anymore.”

The technique is simple, involving gentle fingertip taps on the face and body. Stressful feelings become detached. Intense emotions often evaporate in minutes. Some describe the process as watching a movie instead of being in the movie. Results seem to be permanent. Gary Craig, the originator of the method, has collected success stories from many thousands of people. “Properly applied,” he states, “over 80% achieve either noticeable improvement or complete cessation of the problem.”

Therapists, psychologists and others use EFT on phobia, depression, abuse, love-pain and stress related to anger, sadness or fear, in addition to PTSD and trauma. “The greatest limitation is its simplicity,” says advanced practitioner Valerie Lis, “People can’t believe something this simple works so well. It’s essential that we get the word out to help eliminate the emotional pain and suffering of PTSD and trauma victims.”

For information on EFT, visit Valerie Lis is available at or 763-315-0086.


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