November 6, 2019

 

One day a client came to see me with severe anxiety and dread about an upcoming hospital procedure. Ninety minutes later, he reported the anxiety and dread were totally gone. It just wasn’t an issue anymore. So what happened? EFT allows the conscious and subconscious mind to collaborate in re-examining our sense of safety or lack of same.

Every fear is rooted in subconscious programming. The subconscious mind processes 1,000,000 times as much data every second as the conscious mind; and it’s been doing this since birth. Every word, body language, tone of voice, sound, light, touch,  goes into creating our assumptions about the world; our core beliefs. These are primarily laid down by the age of six and from that point on, every life event is viewed though those sets of lenses. Medicine now understands that “ACE’s or Adverse Childhood Events have a tremendous influence over both physical and emotional health for our entire lives; unless we change the programming.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique

 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping/Energy Psychology), Picture Tapping Techniques and Energy Medicine are all tools which allow the adult conscious mind to safely collaborate with the subconscious mind to determine the “whole story” at that present point in time. It’s a collaboration, not a fight. It’s estimated 95% of all thoughts, beliefs and assumptions are heavily influenced by the subconscious and its programming. When it comes to a fight, the subconscious always gets its way sooner or later.

So what about this particular client? What caused this degree of change?

After using effective techniques to bring body and mind come to a calmer and safer feeling state, we started breaking the fear and dread down into smaller pieces. No matter how huge or impossible an issue “feels”, it’s always made up of smaller manageable pieces.  At the start, the smallest piece he could identify was “feeling uncomfortable at the thought of this upcoming surgery” with a stated distress level of 8 out of 10 (8/10). After a couple of rounds of EFT, a more specific piece of the issue appeared at (9/10). Specifically, a nauseating anxiety in the stomach about waiting in the hall before going in for surgery.

Since memories and beliefs are stored in the body as well as the mind, including the physical sensations added a great deal of power to the following EFT round. On questioning, the distress level had dropped to 3/10 and was now about the anticipation about “going under” With one more round of Emotional Freedom Techniques, the distress level dropped to “0”. At this point he tried his best to bring back the anxiety, but still he felt fine.

As a final test to ensure all the roots of his anxiety had been addressed, he began describing a forward looking movie about the upcoming medical procedure to see if there were any points not yet fully addressed. Even then, no anxiety re-appeared. He’d set himself free.

If you or someone you care about is feeling stuck, or can’t get past a hurtful experience, book an initial interview with David Gilbert, our Integrative Therapist @ 613-747-5458 to explore opening the door to “emotional freedom.”


Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist particularly focused on anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma or PTSD, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage.  Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across the world. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed. 

 

July 22, 2019

Remarkable recovery from balance issues: Two cases

As an Integrative Therapist I’m open minded but highly skeptical. I need to see the science and then test the effects for myself. A recent evolution in neuroscience using specialized neuro-stimulating socks and insoles intrigued me when I saw the measurable effects recorded with QEEG brain mapping. 

Initially I used myself as a guinea pig to see what the real world effects might be. To my pleased surprise, I saw significant progress with a long standing serious back injury which had been highly treatment resistant. It wasn’t a magic bullet, but the changes were very encouraging and continued to improve with time. Experiencing this, then seeing consistent progress with most clients who volunteered to test this technology encouraged me to take this further. I’m now among other things, running two funded studies using this technology for children and adults with ADD, ADHD or autism spectrum.

Two balance cases particularly stand out in my mind. One was a client’s mother who had had a stroke. Once she was able to walk again, she’d required a walker ever since; well over a year. He son picked up the neuro tech socks and had her wear them day and night. Within four days, he reported she put away her walker and has never used it since. 

The second case was a woman in her early seventies. Her balance was so poor she’d become self-conscious; worried that people would think she was intoxicated. On performing a balance test, she began to tip with only the slightest touch. She then stepped on the neuro tech insoles I was using for the before and after test. We chatted for a few minutes while giving her central nervous system an opportunity to begin to react. After even that very short time, her balance had improved remarkably. The really good news for her was that brain mapping studies showed the first changes in the brain typically occurred within seven seconds but the effects then continued to be cumulative over time.

Why is this so important? A balance study completed using industry accepted quantitative measures showed an average thirty five percent improvement in balance. This translates to a five times lower statistical risk of a fall; particularly critical for the elderly.

Can I do the balance test? Yes. Just pick up a free health pass from the clinic or request the health pass when you call and the test will be done at no charge.  David Gilbert may be reached through the clinic or @ 613-747-5458.

If you’ve found this helpful, please share so others can benefit.

Yours in good mental and emotional health.

 

The above is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist particularly focused on anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma or PTSD, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage.  Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across the world. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed.

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June 19, 2019

Test and Exam Anxiety:  At this time of year many students experience distressing feelings of jitteriness, clenching sensations in the gut, self-doubt and dread; ranging all the way to outright panic. The blood flow begins to be diverted from the logical thinking parts of the brain to the survival centers managing fight, flight or freeze. As the exam performance parts of the brain experience reduced blood flow,  functional intelligence, the ability to efficiently use that intelligence is diminished. Making us feel even more panicky.

What can I do to make it go away? In my practice I’ve found Emotional Freedom Techniques including Picture Tapping to be so effective in this situation that I warranty the results. Let’s look at what’s going on and how these tools can be so beneficial. Some of the processes involved also include the dominant part of the brain getting tunnel vision, saying “I’ve got it, I’ve got it” while forgetting to use the resources of the other half of the brain. Ideally the two halves of talk to each other through that telephone exchange in the middle of the brain. It’s rather like an Ethernet cable connecting two computers so each is more powerful as part a team than on its own.

Why is this all happening? It’s estimated that ninety five percent of all thoughts are heavily influenced by the subconscious mind. From the time you’re born, the subconscious mind is processing and storing over a million times as many data points as the conscious brain at any given time and our core beliefs are established by the age of six; whether we recognize them or not. Every fleeting facial expression, body language or words overheard in any context have been analyzed and stored for future use. In this case, programming reactions for whatever might come in the future.

In this case the subconscious mind is putting together all the various data points it’s stored that it thinks are somehow relevant to test or exam time. It’s doing the very best it thinks it knows how, to keep you safe.

Fortunately over four hundred published studies including a meta-analysis by the world famous Cochrane Review have shown how combining sensory, cognitive and emotional inputs using Emotional Freedom Techniques can safely and effectively allow us to re-write the earlier programming causing the current distress. Every “feeling” is attached to a belief. Taking one small safe piece at a time of worrisome feelings and bringing it into the light of the day, allows the conscious and subconscious minds to re-examine and re-process the whole story in the current moment. In the meantime, tapping  on certain acupressure points during this process keeps the part of the brain responsible for anxiety and panic too busy assessing and re-assessing those inputs to have time to jump in and hit the panic buttons.

Battling yourself is exhausting. Learning to collaborate with every part of your mind is freeing.

Some may be able to talk themselves down, use meditation, eat well, exercise, get enough sleep  or cram. Others could do with a helping hand.

If this is you, you’re invited to drop by Whole Therapy for a Health Pass. This allows you to have an initial interview and assessment with our Integrative Therapist David Gilbert without the usual eighty dollar + HST fee. His work is so powerful we guarantee it. He may also be reached directly @ 613-747-5458.

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May 24, 2018

Empathy.  The common assumption is that the more we have, the better a person we are.  As with so many things in life, an “element of truth” is a very different thing than ‘the whole truth.  As an Integrative Therapist I get to see the results of this unexamined belief.  There’s a common theme I see in clients from care giving roles; including those caring for high needs family members, therapists, social workers and counselors. They’ve never been taught the difference between empathy and compassion.

Empathy is “entering” the person’s pain with them. Compassion is caring about the person and their pain.  The outcomes of these two perspectives are drastically different when it comes to caregiver stress, burnout and long-term effectiveness.  Someone once said “it’s hard to be objective if you’re up to your ass in alligators”.  When we allow ourselves to get sucked into the emotional pool with dependants or clients, we’re no longer seeing them through clear eyes.  We become far less capable caregivers or practitioners; as well as setting ourselves up for burnout.  A touch of empathy helps inform compassion.  Too much empathy becomes toxic to ourselves and degrades our ability to effectively function in our roles.

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Too much empathy makes the non-swimmer jump in to save the drowning person; forgetting they can’t swim.  Compassion leads them without panic, to quickly look for safe effective ways to help; without “tunnel vision”.

Intellectually understanding these critical differences may not change the underlying programming in the subconscious. We can intellectualize all we want, but the subconscious has tremendous influence. It will repeatedly take us back to our default assumptions; particularly when stressed. For most of us, these assumptions have been laid down from very early ages.   Long before we had the ability to question what we took in as truths about how we should be and function in the world.

This is where EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and related modalities shine. Over 400 published studies including brain imaging studies have shown the power of these tools. By using these techniques, we allow the conscious and subconscious minds to safely and effectively collaborate in bringing subconscious programming into the light of day, one piece at a time. Re-examining in the here and now, the whole truth, then reconsolidating these new perceptions and understandings.

Yours in good emotional health.

 

Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist specializing in anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma and self-sabotage. He’s based at Whole Therapy and ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada. Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across North America. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed
May 10, 2018

During well over a decade of using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) in my practice, I’ve worked with many individuals suffering various stages of loss.  We all face grief or loss at some point in our lives. For most it’s a painful but appropriate honoring and recognition of that which is gone; followed by the usual stages of recovery.  Too often however, I see clients who are stuck. They just can’t let go of the pain; even if it’s been years.

 

In each case to date, it’s been subconscious beliefs which have held them hostage to the pain. Robbing them of access to happy memories and preventing them from being free to heal and once again live satisfying lives.  With EFT, we’ve started with the smallest pieces or aspects at the top of the pile of thoughts or feelings. Then step by step we’ve moved further as each of these small aspects lost their power to cause distress. By moving at a pace the subconscious felt safe with, most have found they’ve been quite painlessly and rapidly able to access the root harmful beliefs. Letting the conscious and subconscious mind collaborate in bringing them into the  light where they can be rewritten to fit their current reality.

 

These subconscious beliefs are most commonly:

  • My feelings of grief and/or loss are all I have left of that person or relationship. If I let go of them it will be the final loss. I’ll be left totally bereft and that’s too hard; or even unimaginable.
  • If I let go of the pain it will mean I didn’t care enough. What kind of person would I be? Recovery would be a betrayal.
  • Guilt; even when the conscious mind knows the guilt is not reasonable. “I don’t deserve to let go or be happy again”.
  • It’s my identity. If I let go of the pain and grief I won’t know who I am.
  • It’s too late for me. Life has already passed me by and there’s no point in trying.

 

In some cases clients haven’t realized they’ve been stuck.  Believing the painful feelings were useless, they stuffed them in a hole and clamped the lid down hard. Unfortunately these locked away feelings didn’t just evaporate.  The process left them emotionally disconnected; both from themselves and others. Depending on family history, culture and life experiences, anyone can find themselves victims of this invisible emotional prison.

Once freed from these subconscious “traps” clients report a wealth of memories of happier times flooding in.  Instead of being frozen in the moment of loss, that brief period of time becomes one slim volume in the entire library of their years of experience with that person.  The same applies where instead it’s been the loss of a beloved pet or valued position.

For some, just the understanding of what’s been keeping them locked in such a painful place can be enough to allow them to recover.  Others may benefit most from a few sessions with a qualified and experienced EFT practitioner.

 

To your good life.

 

 

Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist with particular focus on feelings of anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma, post-concussion syndrome and self-sabotage. He’s based at Whole Therapy and ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada. Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques, PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques) and Somatic Oscillation, he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across North America. For most situations and care options he provides clients with a money back guarantee.

 

The above is not intended as medical advice. As always, consult with your physician before making changes.

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