Please Help EFT Become an Approved VA Therapy

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4 years 6 months ago #6194 by dawson
There is a new task force on Integrative Medicine in the VA. Its job is to recommend new therapies. Ben Kligler, the chair of the task force is also the head of Integrative Medicine for the VA, and he's supportive of EFT.

What he needs to move EFT towards official acceptance as an approved therapy is feedback from a group of practitioners who are either (a) veterans, (b) VA employees, (c) coaches and therapists working with veterans.

If you fall into any of these three categories, please introduce yourself here on this Forum. You don't have to be a certified practitioner; you only need to be a user of EFT.

This is an exciting development. Designation of EFT as an officially sanctioned evidence-based practice will allow many more clinicians to use EFT openly. It will allow hundreds to train in EFT. It will spread EFT in the VA, helping relieve the suffering of millions of people with PTSD, depression and anxiety.

Thanks for your interest and participation!
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4 years 6 months ago #6195 by VLis
As a certified EFT-EXP practitioner and trainer for EFT Universe, as well as a volunteer for Stress Project, I have seen and personally supported hundreds of veterans to resolve their emotional distress and chronic pain. These many examples of personal experience can be added to the substantial amount of research validating EFT Tapping as an effective technique. Since it is also cost-effective, gentle, and has no side effects, there a clear case for an approval for its use.

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4 years 6 months ago #6196 by LEJones
I am a certified EFT Int-1 Practitioner and about half of my clients are veterans. I volunteered with the Veteran's Stress Project in 2012 and 2013. I was a research coach for the PTSD study published in the Journal of Brain and Nerve Science in 2014.

Whenever I work with veterans, I give them the same PTSD checklist used in the study and then administer it again at the close of our 6th session. I use the same protocol described in the study and keep the 6 sessions at about 1 hour. Invariably, my clients look at the "before and after" scores and say, "Wow! I didn't realize I felt that bad!" This is the tremendous thing about EFT: when the energy in the body has shifted, it is like being a different person and you often don't remember "feeling that bad."

I am so pleased to have this amazing tool that helps people move on with their lives. I hope the VA approves EFT as an approved therapy, whether practitioners are coaches or licensed mental health practitioners. Research indicates that EFT is effective, whether the practitioner is a licensed mental health practitioner or not. Thanks!

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4 years 6 months ago #6197 by TSparks
Thank you for this! I will let Dawson know you are interested in this. Could you please e-mail me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I am a Staff Chaplain in the VA and am helping him locate EFT practitioners. Or, if you want to contact him directly, please do so. Thank you for your work with veterans!

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4 years 6 months ago #6198 by Sillig
Greetings,
I have worked with a few Veterans already. I have experience with EFT since 2005 I am currently EFT- INT-1 through EFT Universe. I would be honored to assist in this process. I am currently transitioning my brand into emotionalfreedom.me . You can also gather more info on me through my other site: <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://integrativemassageaustin.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">integrativemassageaustin.com</a>.

Cheers!

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4 years 5 months ago #6199 by DSilas
Hello,
I am currently a clinical psychologist (contractor) on a military base in the DC area working with sailors and marines, and I have been utilizing EFT since I trained with Dawson in 2013. I should be receiving my certification with EFT Universe within the next week or so (excited!). I have found EFT to be an invaluable tool in working with these service members, many who have been to combat at least once, some multiple times. Most have seen significant reductions in their scores on the PCL checklist, reductions that I am not sure would have been possible had I adhered to any other modality. I was trained psychodynamically and had also used CBT interventions. In comparison, this is by far the most effective, safest, and quickest way to see results. I absolutely am thrilled when I have patients come back to me and say they tapped on an issue when upset outside of the therapy room. I love that it is something they can use for themselves, in addition to seeing the positive results occur while in the therapy room. Though I will be transitioning out of this position in the next week, I will continue to reach out to veterans in my private practice work, and will therefore continue to utilize EFT in any way possible. Thank you for your continued work in having this recognized as an effective treatment!

Damon

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