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3 Methods to Be Trauma-Knowledgeable Whereas Main Tapping — Trauma-Knowledgeable EFT/Tapping, Anti-Racism, Meditation, CME | Jill Wener, MD | CME Wellness Retreats for Medical doctors

Tapping (additionally referred to as the emotional freedom method, or EFT) has generally been studied and utilized in trauma areas. On this submit, I’ll focus on tips on how to lead and educate tapping in a trauma-informed method, and in one other submit, I focus on 5 totally different ways in which tapping could be utilized in trauma areas. 

Each particular person on this planet has skilled some kind of trauma (much more so after the pandemic), so regardless that we don’t know what every particular person has been via, there are methods we are able to work together with individuals to attenuate reactivating their trauma or in any other case inflicting hurt. It doesn’t imply we’ve to stroll on eggshells round everybody we encounter, however there are just a few key ideas to contemplate and precautions to take. That is the premise of being trauma-informed. 

As a result of trauma nearly all the time includes an individual’s lack of management or alternative in a state of affairs, and since reactivation of trauma can present up as seen emotional and bodily responses, the principle issues to contemplate in trauma-informed tapping are transparency, company/alternative, and commentary. 

  1. Transparency. Transparency can present up as explaining to individuals what the tapping method is, the way you may be utilizing it with them, explaining what any potential uncomfortable side effects are, and what to look out for once they tap- even when it isn’t a unfavorable aspect impact (for instance, tapping could make you yawn or sigh as a result of it prompts the parasympathetic nervous system, which is definitely factor!). This minimizes any aspect of shock, which could be dangerous for trauma survivors.

  2. Company/Alternative. After I work with my shoppers one on one, I may need an thought of what I wish to do throughout our session, however one of many methods I deliver company and selection into the session is by checking in with them earlier than we begin and giving them choices on tips on how to proceed. I’ll say one thing like, “I’d wish to course of the traumatic reminiscence this fashion, or we are able to begin with this different method at the moment, how does that sound to you?” And even when they are saying, “woman, you are the practitioner, I am right here as a result of I belief you”, I nonetheless wish to ask them how they really feel. They could say, “you recognize what, that does not really feel secure for me at the moment”, or “yeah, let’s go for it”. After which I do know that they really feel actually prepared even when it may be a troublesome or intense factor to course of. 

  3. Statement of their response. As a result of tapping can reactivate trauma or different different intense feelings, a part of being trauma-informed is being conscious of when somebody you are tapping with begins to get activated or upset. It’s essential to discover ways to acknowledge the emotional and bodily indicators of when an individual isn’t feeling secure or that the tapping may be a little bit bit an excessive amount of for them at that second. If that occurs, you should utilize tapping strategies that particularly calm the nervous system down. I all the time deliver company and selection again in by providing that, if it feels too intense, we are able to all the time cease tapping.

In the event you’re inquisitive about studying extra about trauma and tapping and the way they work collectively, and the way you may use tapping your self or in different trauma areas that you’re in, please try extra details about my upcoming EFT/Tapping ‘Practice the Coach’:

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