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Date Posted: 15:52:34 06/29/02 Sat
Author: Elevated Therapy International
Subject: Re: EFT very damaging to me
In reply to: David 's message, "EFT very damaging to me" on 12:45:25 06/01/02 Sat

Good Evening David from the Elevated Therapy International web site.

I was very sorry to read the account you wrote here at E.T. about EFT being exceedingly destructive.
I would like to curtail your opening statement here first of all before addressing more of your points.
What you are saying is that EFT has been exceedingly destructive to YOU.
Let`s get that clear first!
For many people throughout the world, there have been many spectacular healings using EFT alone. I have facilitated many of them myself. For these people, EFT often worked for them where nothing else did.

However, EFT is not a panacea for everything and sometimes needs to be connected in with other ways of working therapeutically at the same time.
Anyone using EFT must assume full responsibility for their results and it should have been advised to you by the therapist that taught you EFT (if someone professional did) the possibility of abreaction or other negative effects.
As a clinical psychotherapist here in the United Kingdom and a Meridian Therapies Practitioner and Trainer, I am stating that EFT is NOT a complete system of Psychotherapy as you suggest was your concept here. The energy therapies are NOT a cure for all psychologivcal problems. Where on earth did you hear or read this?

Regarding False Memory Syndrome generally which is the notion that therapists can implant scenarios of horror in the minds of their patients is easily accepted because it appeals to common prejudices.
It resonates with popular fears of manipulation by therapists and popular stereotypes of women as irrational, suggestible, or vengeful. It appeals to the common wish to deny or minimize the reality of sexual violence. In actuality, false claims of childhood sexual abuse are demonstrably rare, and false memories of childhood trauma are no doubt equally so. The evidence comes from epidemiological research, investigations of sexual abuse reports, and studies on the nature of traumatic memory.

I do hope you are receiving the correct treatment for the dissociative disorder you mention which may be long-term psychodynamic/cognitive psychotherapy facilitated by hypnotherapy? For information for people reading this and who may be interested in the treatment of dissociative disorder, it is not uncommon for survivors to need three to five years of intensive therapy work. After gathering important information, the therapist and client should jointly develop a plan for stabilization.
Treatment modalities should be carefully considered. These include individual psychotherapy,
group therapy, expressive therapies (art, poetry, movement, psychodrama, music), family therapy (current family), psychoeducation, and pharmacotherapy. Hospital treatment may be necessary in some cases for a comprehensive assessment and stabilisation.

I don`t know any `energy therapists` personally that have set themselves up as clinical psychologists!
I think this is criminal if they have and should be reported to the authorities immediately.

You mention that a lot of the concepts `I` use are bogus: the subconscious, the ego, the soul, the spirit, etc. I really don`t understand your comments here at all David and would be obliged very much if you would clarify exactly what you mean here??

You also mention `real` psychologists. Do you mean psychologists?
Psychology like psychotherapy, counselling and other healing sciences are developing all the time and in this development it`s interesting that very often psychological theories are discredited.
One that comes to mind straight away is the discredited psychological theory known as Parental Alienation Syndrome. The Columbia University psychiatrist who claimed to have documented the syndrome says its victims, usually children, are prompted to turn against one parent by the other.

Psychologist's training in research is what most distinguishes a psychologist from other providers of mental health treatment. Not only does the field of psychology use research to assess the effectiveness of various forms of treatment, but also any particular psychologist trained in research should have acquired some solid skills useful for analysing information and drawing conclusions in therapy sessions. Moreover, in addition to research training, the psychologist will have completed one or more clinical internships, and he or she will likely have been required to have experienced at least a year of personal psychotherapy.
Do you know any of psychologist`s report and clinical studies on EFT?

It`s also noteworthy that recent advances in physiology have come from various brain scanning and imaging techniques, such as computer-assisted tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), and positron emission topography (PET) methods. These have allowed human brains to be studied in ways heretofore impossible. For example, scientists can now identify specific regions of brain damage in neurological patients so that symptoms can be correlated with anatomical location. Using these methods in conjunction with those of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscientists are beginning to map out the function of major areas of the human brain but they are only really beginning!

Anyway David, thank you for writing to us here and I am genuinely sorry to hear about your circumstances. I do hope you will take up your own challenge set here in your own words and come back and debate the issue. You are very welcome!

With Kind Regards,
Dr. Michael G Millett of Elevated Therapy International in London

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