Hypnotherapy, EFT and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


A hundred years ago, actually not even as far back as that, a great many soldiers who suddenly found themselves completely unable to go on fighting, or even functioning, were shot for cowardice.

We’ve come a long way since then.

We’ve begun to understand the condition we now know of as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual’s ability to cope.(1)

In recent years, an exciting and highly effective new tool in treating PTSD, (and a range of other conditions), has appeared. It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

EFT is a surprisingly simple procedure involving a series of simple body movements that can easily be learned and applied away from the therapist’s office. The principles behind the effectiveness of EFT are related to the Meridian/Energy theory underlying acupuncture and much of Oriental medicine.

Sometimes EFT is used on its own, especially in minor situations, but, for more serious cases a skilled therapist will use EFT in conjunction with another modality, often Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy.

The fact is that each of us reacts to a situation differently and to varying degrees. The reasons for this often lie in our past experiences, often from childhood.

We may not even remember an experience that is profoundly affecting the way we are responding to a particular situation. But, although we don’t remember something, the subconscious does. It never forgets.

Our subconscious always acts to protect us, and so, based on our experiences, it decides how we should deal with a threatening situation, and how we should behave in the future so as to avoid such a situation again.

This is what leads to serious anxiety conditions, PTSD and also certain phobias.

Addressing the problem logically is useless because our subconscious doesn’t operate at the logical level.

This is why a combination of approaches such as hypnotherapy working at the subconscious level to guide the subconscious to develop more helpful protective strategies, coupled with EFT to bring often immediate relief is so successful. Continue reading →

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Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: a Randomized Trial

Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), is a powerful tool that can achieve results surprisingly easily.

It’s simple to teach and once shown how to do it, a person can use EFT to treat many different conditions.

In recent years, the US military via the Department of Veterans Affairs has sponsored a study of EFT as a treatment for PTSD among returned service people. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

The great thing about EFT is that it is totally non invasive and side effect free.

Here is the abstract from a study investigating the use of EFT in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: a randomized trial. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, August/September.


The aim of this study was to examine if self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) leads to reduced pain perception, increased acceptance, coping ability and health-related quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia. 86 women, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and on sick leave for at least 3 months, were randomly assigned to a treatment group or a waiting list group. An eight-week EFT treatment program was administered via the Internet.

Upon completion of the program, statistically significant improvements were observed in the intervention group (n=26) in comparison with the waiting list group (n=36) for variables such as pain, anxiety, depression, vitality, social function, mental health, performance problems involving work or other activities due to physical as well as emotional reasons, and stress symptoms.

Pain catastrophizing measures, such as rumination, magnification and helplessness, were significantly reduced, and the activity level was significantly increased. The number needed to treat (NNT) regarding recovering from anxiety was 3. NNT for depression was 4.

Self-administered EFT seems to be a good complement to other treatments and rehabilitation programs. The sample size was small and the dropout rate was high. Therefore the surprisingly good results have to be interpreted with caution. However, it would be of interest to further study this simple and easily accessible self-administered treatment method, which can even be taught over the Internet.

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