Assessment

When assessing Ann, the therapist found past evidence of suicidal ideation, fears of abandonment, maintenance of self-destructive relationships, disrupted education, legal difficulties, and substance abuse. Her reported major problems areas were (1) depression, (2) low self-esteem, (3) relationship difficulties, (4) vocational difficulties, (5) periodic suicidal thoughts, (6) estrangement from her son, and (7) lack of friends. At intake, her score on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was 42. The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS, Beck, 1993), and Scale of Suicidal Ideation (SSI, Beck, 1991) were also administered. Ann's scores on both measures fell in the low-to-moderate range.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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