Dogs, Trauma and EFT

by Marian W

Hi Ben,

I volunteer at a local animal shelter. Would EFT benefit animals and especially dogs who have been in abusive environments? Thanks for your great newsletters.

Ben's Answer:

YES! EFT works amazingly well for animals, kids, and babies. I've seen incredible changes happen for traumatized and abused pets when their owners do "surrogate" EFT on their behalf. Just connect with the dog, empathize with his inner experience/feelings and then tap on yourself as you describe your experience, as if you were him. "even though I was treated so mean, and now I'm scared of people, I choose to know I am safe now..." then tapping each point, just name the negative feelings/fears that you imagine he must be feeling. You may need to do this a few times, but most likely you will be stunned to see the changes that it brings about, in a short time. Remember, you only need to tap on yourself, not the dog (although some people do get results tapping on the animal - that seems to work best for larger animals like horses).

Good Luck!

Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist

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