TAPPING -- AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO "DEFUSION"?
Whilst some would question my listing of "tapping" (of supposed energy points in the body) as a form of defusion (see page on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). However, a psychologist recommended the procedure to me when I was going through some stressful times, I tried it, and it seemed to help. Whilst some of its public promoters claim it has a scientific basis, I am not aware of any quality research validating its use as a therapeutic technique, I conceive it has a possible basis, for reasons alternative to that claimed, possibly due to its involving better known techniques of exposure to feared stimuli (like another form of therapy called EMDR -- Eye Movement Desenitisation and Reprocessing); as well as techniques of psychological "defusion" - a key component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for trauma.
All I can really do is suggest you try it out. It would definitely seem preferable to the use of medications alone, so far as not having the same side effects, and would seem very safe.
- Claimed basis for tapping [LINK]
- Introduction to Tapping [LINK]
- Where the tapping points are -- MP4 video [LINK]
- Use of tapping to cope with childhood trauma - MP3 [LINK]
- The Top 5 Mistakes People Make With EFT Tapping (And How To Correct Them)
Online articles about special issues -- [LINK]
Healing Attachment Wounds with Energy Psychology
David Feinstein, Ph.D.
In this, discover how Emotional Freedom Techniques and other approaches that combine tapping on acupuncture points with imaginal exposure can quickly neutralize the charge of unresolved attachment wounds and trauma, enhance clients’ capacity for self-regulation and interrupt escalating patterns of reactivity in relationship systems.
video [LINK] MP3 [LINK]
TAPPING WORLD SUMMIT series 2013
For descriptions of the sessions see here (Word .doc file): [LINK]
For links to the sessions (MP3 files) stored in the Cloud see here: [LINK]
The MP3 recording on using Tapping with childhood memories, recorded by Terri Cole, an American psychotherapist, contains a description of a "place of safety" and spiritual renewal, a "Zen Den". It also reflects much of the rich diversity of therapeutic mechanisms possible with Tapping, I found it very worthwhile. She has a website TerriCole.com [LINK] on which you can sign up for a newsletter, and get a downloadable [LINK] meditation - meditation is similar to, yet different from (see Hayes & Shenk, 2004) [LINK] an important element of well research-validated therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.