Post combat stress affects the emotional, social, and vocational dimensions of a service person’s life. The return from deployment is often accompanied by a sense of isolation and inability to deal with the invisible wounds of war. For the over 3 million men and women who enlisted following 9/11, especially those exposed to combat zones, this experience has placed many of them in positions of high personal risk. The physiology of PTSD and emotional/spiritual struggle of moral injury have often proved debilitating. This equally true for their families.
Though the VA has struggled to adjust and ramp up to meet the extraordinary needs of this time, the right resources have often not been available or available in a timely way. Help that used to be limited to only drug therapy, talk therapy and group work has expanded to include complimentary healing modalities such as EMDR, Mindfulness, Yoga and Qi Gong.
Of course, trauma is in no way limited to those in military service. People are traumatized for many reasons and the impact is just as debilitating. COMO Living magazine included a feature article on new ways to approach trauma and I am one of the practitioners they interviewed. You may want to browse Rethinking PTSD.
Many clinical tests that compare EFT with these other modalities have concluded that EFT is more effective than other therapeutic approaches. To explore the clinicals using EFT with combat veterans go to The Veterans Stress Project.
In my work with combat veterans I have discovered how effective EFT is in clearing traumatic pain affiliated with memories, reducing the startle effect and hyper-vigilance, insomnia, self-medicating and inappropriate social behaviors. As a way to express my appreciation for their sacrifice and service I provide a discount for all veterans serving in a combat theater and their families.
Depending on the severity of the condition we usually have three to six one-hour sessions.
“I served in the Army as an Infantryman, and spent two combat tours in Iraq. On May 19, 2009, the vehicle I was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb while on routine patrol. The blast resulted in the amputation of both my legs. I was completely broken when I awoke at the military hospital, physically and emotionally. My physical therapy went well. I am able to walk daily with prosthetics after 18 months of rehabilitation. I continued to have a lot of anger, depression, and insecurity. My emotional state had not improved since the injury so I started looking for resources to address my post-traumatic stress, moral injury, and grief.
I learned how Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT, can be complimentary therapy for treating post-traumatic stress and moral injury. I was skeptical of EFT as a healing module at first, but wanted to try it because the other techniques and counseling I was using seemed ineffective. I began a one hour per week counseling session with Tim Carson, a certified EFT practitioner. We began to see results immediately even though I doubted the program. After two sessions I began to buy into the EFT healing module. I can look back now and say I am convinced that EFT was highly effective for me in treating PTSD, grief, and moral injury.”
– – Robert Canine, Columbia, Missouri