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Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)

TAT is a self administered energy technique and was first developed by US acupuncturist Tapas Fleming in 1993 as a treatment for allergies. Tapas soon realized the technique had the potential to create change for a wide range of problems and it is now used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, acupuncturists, chiropractors and other health care professionals. TAT has been used as first-aid relief after earthquakes and other natural disasters, and after community-wide traumatic events.

The technique can be done by yourself or with the guidance of a practitioner. It involves light placement of your fingers on specific acupressure points around the eyes and back of head while paying attention to a series of different aspects of a problem. A typical result is an experience of non-attachment to the problem as your perception shifts. Many people say that TAT encourages them to leave mental analysis and fixed points of view behind, allowing them to be more authentic and in the present. It has been described as a “cousin” to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which is one of the meridian tapping techniques described below. While being effective for similar issues as EFT, TAT typically requires less dialogue  and is a quieter more contemplative process.

TAT was recently the recipient of a 2.1 million dollar grant from the NIH (National Institute of Health) in the United States for a research study on weight loss maintenance.

Valerie has completed extensive training with Tapas Fleming and is a certified TAT Practitioner and Trainer with TATLife.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

The popular appeal of stage hypnosis has created all sorts of misconceptions about hypnosis. The state of hypnosis is actually no different to things like guided imagery, visualisation and deep relaxation. It is simply another way to achieve the state of mind where a person can experience mental, physical and emotional relaxation.

Hypnosis is connected with Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which occurs during dreaming. Accessing the REM state gives the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) a rest.  While the person is relaxed, the hypnotherapist helps them to access the subconscious mind and use their own resources to help make changes to what is bothering them.

Dr Milton Erikson (renowned hypnotherapist) described hypnosis as “a free period in which individuality can flourish”.

Valerie holds a Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR)

This relatively new body-mind approach allows a person to access their past experiences easily and experience the simple release and resolution of associated troublesome memories. This can be done without the person having to go through the often painful ordeal of reliving past traumas. It uses verbal and visual re-framing, along with nervous system support from the practitioner, which helps to access the emotional and physiological content of stored memory while providing safety and calming the system.

HMR has been described a process of “de-hypnotism” from the original moment of feeling overwhelmed that occurred in a situation which has been troublesome. The process is quite brief and the results usually realised quite quickly.

HMR was developed by trauma resolution specialist Brent Baum over 15 years of working with more than 11,000 trauma survivors including from the Oklahoma City bombing, the terrorist attack on 9/11, victims of sexual abuse, torture and more. However, HMR has been deemed helpful with the the emotional content of any negative memory, not just what we tend to regard as significant trauma.

Valerie has completed training with Brent Baum, the developer of HMR.

Meridian Tapping

Tapping on meridians has sometimes been called “emotional acupuncture without the needles” and is often referred to simply as “Tapping”. It is a simple method that can turn off an anxious response to an event in your life and alter the brain chemistry that maintained the response. The many versions of meridian tapping include Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Simple Energy Techniques (SET).

Tapping often refers to the premise that troubling emotional  and spiritual symptoms, along with some aspects of physical conditions, are related to disruptions in the body’s electrical energies and energy fields. Stimulating (tapping) on specific points can result in the body’s energy systems being re-aligned, which in turn has a positive effect on whatever is troubling the person.

These techniques have been applied in the wake of natural and human-made disasters to assist with stress and trauma. At least three international humanitarian relief organizations have adapted them as a treatment in their post-disaster missions.

Valerie has been fortunate to train personally with the founder of EFT, Gary Craig, Steve Wells (SET) and many more of the pioneers of this innovative technique.


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