Berto Jongman: Alternative Treatment for PTSD

07 Health, Cultural Intelligence
Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

Brief Vignettes of Four War Veterans Receiving Energy Psychology Treatments

Excerpted with permission from the full-length documentary OPERATION:  Emotional Freedom.

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In March 2008, eleven military veterans or family members, all with PTSD, participated in a pilot program where each received 10 to 15 hours of EFT, a form of Energy Psychology, over a 5-day period at a location in San Francisco.  This pilot program and its follow-up are the centerpiece of OPERATION: Emotional Freedom, a full-length documentary film. The 10-minute excerpt here shows brief segments from the intake interviews of four of these participants, all combat veterans, snippets of their treatment, and brief segments of their comments at the end of the 5 days. The text embedded in the film shows their initial symptoms and their progress three months later. The improvements held on one-year follow-up.

Comment by the Film Maker:

Eric Huurre traveled throughout the country to visit the participants and to film follow-up reports on their progress.  His summary:

In every situation, what I found was even more healing, more recovery than I’d seen back in San Francisco and far more than I’d expected – lives changed back to hope, promise, and calm. And it wasn’t just wishful thinking on my part or overstatements from the veterans.  Without question every partner, parent, child, or friend of our subjects was amazed and overjoyed to see the changes first brought home and then refined and kept alive as months went by. This was not a one minute wonder, nor a parlor trick. The changes were real and lasting. The benefits were profound. Sleep returned. Reliance on medications changed drastically. Relationships improved and partners and family members were given the chance to reunite with the people they’d known prior to their military exposure. Most encouraging were how children reconnected with parents and vice versa where formerly little or no compassion, understanding or forgiveness was possible.

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