UK mental health organisation to help Palestinian children traumatised by war

Suffolk based 'Happiness Foundation' to provide training for therapists working with traumatised Palestinian children in Gaza and West Bank
By: The Happiness Foundation
LOWESTOFT, U.K. - Sept. 6, 2021 - PRLog -- The Happiness Foundation, based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, is to provide specialist training for therapists who work with Palestinian children traumatised during the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. The Foundation will be involved with a project called 'Catharsis Holistic Healing' which works with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

The training, taking place online from 16th September, will be in the use of an alternative therapy known as 'tapping' or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which is successfully used in the treatment of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, anxiety and other mental health conditions.  The treatment combines modern psychology with the traditions of acupuncture, using fingertip tapping on acupuncture points on the face and body which, research shows, reduces the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, and recodes and releases PTSD.

'We feel privileged to have been invited to help the 'Catharsis' project,' says Kathryn Temple, CEO and Founder of The Happiness Foundation. 'I am so impressed by the work of Catharsis and delighted that we can introduce them to the power of EFT to help reduce the trauma suffered by Palestinian children.  We are a non-political organisation, and our aim is to help anyone who is suffering from trauma.'

The Happiness Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise working in the UK and Gibraltar to promote positive psychology, boosting mental wellness and resilience. The organization uses coaching and therapy which includes conventional psychotherapy as well as alternative treatments such as EFT.  Kathryn is a Psychotherapist with a background in psychology and has experience working in education and business. She is also an EFT Master Trainer.

The Catharsis Holistic Healing Project is run by Ashira Prem Rachana.  'We work with children and young people who are traumatised, and with their families. Typically, we see this trauma in the children's everyday behaviour, for example aggression, anger, ADHD, problems sleeping or eating, sometimes bullying or an inability to interact with other children. There is so much trauma here, it is continuous, it never stops.'

'A friend recommended EFT and I am so pleased to be able to work with Kathryn. I will be bringing together at least 30 therapists, psychotherapists, teachers and people who work in the Palestinian refugee camps. There is very little knowledge of holistic treatments here because of a lack of information in Arabic about them. We will be translating Kathryn's EFT manual into Arabic and we hope this pilot project will lead to further courses.'

For more information contact Kathryn Temple on 07771 605538 or email

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