Integrating Hypnotherapy and TAT

images(By Lucy Grace Yaldezian, CHT, CHC, TAT)

I do believe I’ve stumbled upon a fantastic combination: hypnosis and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique). Here’s how it first unfolded.

Let’s call this young man in his early 30’s Frank. As often is the case in my healing arts practice, Frank had found me on Yelp and was reaching out as a “last resort.” Three years ago, Frank had a medical scare. Since then, he’s received a clean bill of health from every medical professional imaginable: a cardiologist, neurosurgeon, endocrinologist, ENT specialist, even a neurological chiropractor. But he still didn’t feel “right.” His head felt foggy and he noticed that his emotions were flat. He has a good job, beloved fiancée, great family support but felt unable to truly enjoy his many blessings. The psychiatrist he recently saw recommended medication for depression.

As I often do, I dowsed on which technique to use in this first session and was surprised to get a yes for what I call a “Journey.” This is not usual for someone I have just met; but, if I’ve learned anything over the past 22+ years, it’s to do as I am guided. Frank was a little apprehensive but obviously desperate for a healing change, so off we went.

Using some touch hypnosis and my voice, I helped him relax deeply and guided him to a healing place. Once there, it became clear that Frank’s sense of safety had been severely impacted by the medical scare he’d had about his health. He was stuck in that fear and unable to move beyond it.

How could I not think of Steps 1 and 2 of Tapas Fleming’s brilliant TAT process?  1. Everything that led up to this happened.  2. All that happened, it’s over and it’s safe for me to relax now. I don’t have to resonate, identify or connect with that anymore.

He was silent as I softly and gently walked him — and his subconscious — through several TAT Steps. When I came to Step 8 (Choice), I asked him to formulate a choice of how he would like to feel or be, and told him it was okay for him to just think it. I added some TAT Possibility Statements to seal Step 8 before finishing with the Integration Step. Before I brought him back to full awareness, I asked him how he was feeling. “Excited,” was the immediate response.

All this was done while Frank was lying back in the recliner in my office, deeply relaxed, so he didn’t go into the pose that is usually an integral part of TAT.

When Frank came back from his healing place to full consciousness, he looked completely different.  His skin had lost the pallor I noticed when he first arrived and there was a brightness in his eyes that hadn’t been there before. His smile was wide and genuine.

After that auspicious beginning, Frank had two additional sessions, both of which started with conventional TAT in the original pose ( and ended with my recording customized hypnosis CDs reinforcing his radiant good health and well-being. He was surprised and thrilled at how quickly and completely a good shift had happened for him.

For years I have been using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) with clients in trance, a technique pioneered by Marilyn Gordon, the director of The Center for Hypnotherapy Certification in Oakland, CA. Now I have the fun of exploring the possibilities of combining hypnosis with TAT as well. As wonderful as these energy practices are in a conscious state, there’s no question that applying them while the client is in a hypnotic trance supercharges their effectiveness.

More on this subject in future posts!


A Higher Perspective

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©2014 Lucy Grace Yaldezian. No part of this article may be used without express permission from the author.


  1. Very interesting article. I think many therapists would be interested in other cases where using such methods

  2. This raises a few interesting questions. To what extent is the pose necessary? Does the pose induce trance?

  3. If I understand, you did a trance induction and just used the TAT steps as an hypnotic protocol ?
    Well, that seems very effective, but I have to say the TAT steps are well designed.
    Oh, and what is “the Journey” ?

  4. Thank you all for your comments. I will address your questions in my next post.

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