The Meadows is now teaching Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a gentle and effective tool for trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression and physical discomfort. EFT involves tapping certain acupressure points along the face and body while using an affirmation. Tapping on these points produces a relaxation response and helps release energy associated with trauma. The result is that memories remain intact, but disturbing emotional energy associated with these memories is lowered.
EFT is being taught to patients at The Meadows in combination with expressive arts therapy. Patients create a visual map of the body, then label and rate areas of discomfort. EFT tapping is then used while patients focus on these areas. After several rounds of tapping most patients report that the discomfort levels have significantly decreased. Patients are being given this tool for self-regulation and managing triggers in the future.
Sandra Lehmann, MC, LAC, evening and weekend counselor at The Meadows, is teaching EFT. Sandra first came to The Meadows as an intern while attending Arizona State University where she was working on her Master's degree in counseling. Since interning, she has taught at the college level and worked as a clinician with adults and adolescents experiencing mental health disorders, substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders. Sandra also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is currently working on her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Expressive Arts Therapy.
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.