“Like magic!” How 'Trauma Tapping' helped one refugee interpreter...


"When I came here to this new country, I was experiencing so much pain in my chest that I thought I was having a heart attack. I got emotional very easily. I had sleeping problems, heart palpitations and often felt sad. Whenever I thought or heard about stories from patients about bomb blasts, violence or other harmful experiences, I felt very low. I didn’t understand why the world was like this. I was frustrated and felt helpless.

Working as an interpreter for Kitrinos Healthcare, I was taught how to use TTT on patients by the instructors, and I soon realised that actually, I needed it myself. They performed it on me and it made such a difference...

When I started doing TTT on myself and others, I didn’t feel useless anymore - rather the opposite! When you do TTT you can listen to people’s stories and help them come out of their sadness with encouraging words and methods to deal with their situation.

In my opinion, TTT is like magic. It takes us from that moment of fear or anxiety to a calmer place: like in a dream, it takes you to a different place within yourself. It brings your heart rate back down to normal. And the more you do it, the happier you become.

I have found that even in this environment, positive change is possible.

When I went to the doctor about my heart, she could find no physical problem. She asked me about my situation, and I told her about my journey, the asylum process, that I am waiting for an interview so I can get out of the camp, and that I want to study. She said my heart problems may be due to stress, and advised me to exercise and try calming activities.

Having recently learned TTT, I took the doctor’s advice, went to a local park, sat down on a quiet bench under a giant tree, took a few deep breaths and started tapping.

A man walked by and asked what I was doing.

I told him, “This is self help for trauma. It makes you relaxed and happy.”

“Can you show me?”

He sat beside me on the bench and, quietly, we did trauma tapping together. It gave me such a good feeling to teach somebody; I think it helps me even more when I feel like I’m helping someone else.

The man thanked me and left smiling. I had been in such deep concentration that I completely forgot to ask his name!

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I didn't need to go back to the doctor. My heart beats normally now and I don’t feel I have a

heart problem anymore. I continue to share TTT with my friends here in Camp Moria, or anybody who asks me. Whenever somebody sees me doing TTT, at first they laugh, but after two or three times, like me, they say: “magic! It gives me a feeling I’ve never felt before.” These days I am focusing hard on my studies. I sleep well and keep busy."

- K-, Farsi interpreter for Kitrinos Healthcare 2018-19, who has now been granted asylum and is studying a preparation course for engineering.

To learn more about our Trauma Tapping service, please click here. Keep an eye out for more TTT success stories coming to our blog in the future!

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