I live in Newtown, CT… (some thoughts and how you can help)

Written by: Nick Ortner

I never thought in my communication with you that the fact that I live in Newtown, CT would be relevant in any way.

Unfortunately, as you know, that all changed on Friday. My brother lives here as well, with his wife and two young children. My mother is a school psychologist in the neighboring town of Danbury, at the elementary school. She used to work with Dawn Hochsprung, the principal who lost her life, when Dawn was previously working in her school district.

I don’t feel it’s my place, especially at this point, to try to make any sense of what has happened or make any wise philosophical pronouncements (they seem trite in the wake of such awful tragedy) All I can think to do is to mobilize in any way I can, to help those most deeply affected.

I do think there is an opportunity (and that’s not the right word for this situation, but it’s the best I can come up with), to take a new approach in helping relieve the pain, trauma, and sorrow this town, surrounding towns, and the world at large is feeling. We’ll be working this week to bring you resources to help relieve any pain you’re feeling, including a meditation from Jessica.

On the ground here, I’ve been on the phone the last two days coming up with a plan on how we can best help and serve. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as going in there and saying, “Everybody tap!” It’s a delicate situation on so many levels, so I’ve been talking to trauma experts and other people with experience to see how we can best serve, while respecting the existing channels of support.

Just this morning we formed what we’re calling “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project.” Dr. Lori Leyden, who you might recognize from her incredible work with genocide victims in Rwanda, has already agreed to fly in from California to lead the support team. That team and its approach will grow in the coming days.

Our intent behind “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project” is to:

A. When appropriate, work with those affected, directly or indirectly, in Newtown and the surrounding areas.

B. Establish a “train the trainer” model, where both professionals and lay people can learn how to use tapping for themselves and for others.

C. Create new approaches and protocols that can be used here and then modeled in other similar circumstances.

As you can imagine, such an effort will cost money. From flying people in, to housing them, feeding them, perhaps advertising to spread the word on the support available, and so forth. To that effect, all this week we’re raising money to support these efforts. I got together with my sister, Jessica, who many of you know, and my brother Alex, who works behind the scenes running things at the Tapping Solution, and we’ve each agreed to donate $10,000 to support this work. So we’re off to a good start with $30,000 being raised to help.

Now’s where you come in!

We’d love to have your support in raising money for this very important cause.  If you donate $15 today you’ll get a copy of our film “The Tapping Solution” as a special thank you gift.

If you’ve never heard of the film, you can see the trailer below.  Furthermore, while I personally plan to work with people here, none of the funds raised will go to me in any way, shape or form.  I’m laying this out in so much detail because it’s important for people to know what’s happening exactly.  100% of the net proceeds (after credit card fees and shipping and handling) will go to helping the people of Newtown.

Our fulfillment company, a Connecticut based company called Fulfillment Works, LLC, has agreed to donate their time on this project so additionally some of the shipping cost will go to the project as well!

Please support us by clicking on the “Contribute” button below to donate $15 (or use the blue links below to contribute additional funds)

“Based on my clinical experience and my reading of the research literature, EFT is the treatment of choice for rapid intervention in traumatic situations like Newtown that trigger overwhelming emotions in individuals and groups. Its use can prevent the future development of full-blown PTSD by empowering people to develop control over their own nervous systems.”

– Eric Leskowitz, MD from the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

100% of All The Proceeds Below Are Going to
The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project

Donate $75 and Receive 5 Copies As a Thank You Gift to Share with Your Local Community
 $150 and Receive 10 Copies As a Thank You Gift to Help Those In Your Local Community
$300 and Receive 20 Copies As a Thank You Gift to Help Those In Your Local Community
$500 and Receive 35 Copies As a Thank You Gift to Help Those In Your Local Community
$1,000 and Receive 70 Copies As a Thank You Gift to Help Those in Your Local Community

Please Share This Message…

After you pick up a copy of the film, please share this page with others via email, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. We need all the help we can get in raising funds so your support is extremely appreciated.

How you can help Newtown and your own community…

Also, if you happen to already own a copy of The Tapping Solution, and donate and get more, it would be wonderful if you can share it within your local community. Perhaps pass it along to a person in need, a psychologist you know, or a church, or a library that needs it. Who knows what your action to spread this positive message might do to change the future.

If you want to personally get involved in Newtown, CT…

I know many people are interested in how they can personally be of help in this situation and these efforts. If you have experience with EFT and trauma relief or other associated projects, please contact us at Please be as descriptive as possible with what you’ve done, your qualifications, and how you can help, so we can organize accordingly. One of the challenges in times like these is that so many do want to help, but we need to be organized to best serve the population.

Also, if you are from the local area and know people in official channels, such as the Red Cross, etc., who you think might be open to learning about using EFT within their work, please let us know that as well. Again, email us at

Thanks for taking the time to read this and doing whatever is the right fit for you in terms of donating and supporting this important effort.

Much love to you and your loved ones.


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  1. Tapping, and I don’t mean dancing – Carr party of five says:

    […] me you are not AMAZED. Just try. This is a thing. And it has been used with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary, thanks to the Ortners, to deal with…. It is powerful magic in a very muggle world. I want to give you an opportunity to buy this book […]

  2. Mr. and Mrs. Narsinh Mistry says:

    As we are Parents and Grand Parents to see little lives are lost for no reson at all. Keep on doing good things. We are proved of you.
    Narsinh Mistry.

  3. helen ksuffman says:

    And, of course, there is always the option of doing surrogate tapping!

  4. The List — January 2013 « Positively Positive says:

    […] started an awesome initiative as a thoughtful response to what happened on December 14, 2012. “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project” will (when appropriate) work with those affected, directly or indirectly, in Newtown and the […]

  5. Cheryl Drown says:

    Hi Nick,
    I didn’t know you live in Newtown. I’m in Southbury right next door. Do yoy ever have any local meetings?

  6. Judy Andreas says:

    Hi …My grandson attends Sandy Hook Elementary. He was hidden in the bathroom but his angelic teacher ….Kaitlin Roig. Thank God he’s alive………but so many of his friends are not..
    Thanks for your effort…
    Judy Andreas

  7. Teri B says:

    Thank you so much for being there for the families and comunity .. and so sorry for the loss of you freind and former collegue at the school.. it is a tragic and sad event for the families, community and the world when a person does something so senseless .. I am grateful there are people like you and the wonderful repsonse teams that were present that day to help them start to mend the broken heart strings and recover from the horrible events that will never leave the hearts and minds of so many.. I am sharing this page on my site to help you raise as much as much as you can.. and help as many as I can who may be able to use the tools you have to help others recover from their own pain and trama they may be experiencing.. Thank you for al you do ..

  8. Linda Shea says:

    Please forgive me. I’m sorry. Thank you. I love you.

  9. Virgiia, (Joyce) Marques says:

    I appreciate what Nick Ortner is doing here. Normally I do not watach news since most of it is bad news, and I cannot change it by watching it. It doesn’t mean I don’t care, but on the contrary, I do, but that is not my way of demonstrating it. This particular tragedy has, however, had it’s effec on me emotionally. I cannot read about it or hear about it without tears welling up in my eyes.

    Yes, there are toools that can help people through this trauma, and meridian tapping is one of the many tools available. There is also Berry Kauffman’s Option Process that can do this, too. These people can use all the help they can get. Kaufman’s book “To Love is to Be Happy With…” was a blessing to me at a time when I most needed it and he and his work are still an inspiration. The Option Institute is in Sheffield, Mass, and I am sure he is involved in helping these people with this trauma. The fact that it took place at Chrismas lends another demension to it in that Christmas will never be Chrismas again to those friends and relatives left behind. They will need all the help they can get, and I am willing to do whatever i can. These are critical days just at the closing of the current cycle. Suicides have become quite common these last four years. So Thank you Nck for your concern and efforts to help. I too can be counted on in whatever way i can be of help, if it is only with a donation. (i am physically disabled and will not be able to traavel

  10. Diana says:

    Thank You for your support to this community! May God Bless you and yours!

  11. Jennifer Brooks says:

    Dear Ortner family,
    I am so sorry for the terrible loss of so many in your community.Please do not let ONE of these children that survived this go any amount of time without the help you have to offer. At 9 yrs. old I watched my sister die from a gunshot at the hands of a cousin, the same age as her (12). I could write a book about everything that has happen in my personal life and relationships ( not to mention the hell my cousin has suffered everyday of her life since) that not recieving any help from family, professionals or church can do. Please DO NOT let ONE child go without the help they need! The shock is numbing. What comes after is lonely and painful without the family and community to help heal.Survivors guilt is hell to live with, and kids do not realize it is NOT thier fault. But it stays with you through life and keeps you from everyday happiness. What you have to offer has been such a help and blessing!I am now 40 yrs. old with 4 children and have just found you all this last 6 mo..Thank you so much for doing what you have been led to.Please keep this special going through Friday. That is when I can afford to contribute to the blessing you have to give. Jennifer Brooks

  12. Jondi says:

    Hi, Nick. I left you a personal response for this. Sure, glad to help with boots on ground as part of the and Operation:Emotional Freedom volunteer team. Let me know how to serve your community, and I will. Kind regards – Jondi

  13. Ann says:

    Great initiative. But…. I already have the DVD. Is there a site or possibility to
    just make a donation. I am unemployed at the moment but still would like to make a contribution so “Tapping” can be spread to help others as it has helped me. God Bless.

  14. Malathie says:

    Nick, I wish you strength and courage.You are blessed!

  15. Dr. Lupita Diaz says:

    Thank you Nick for organizing an opportunity for us to contribute in some small way. It’s unfortunate that it takes so many unnecessary tragic incidents to galvanize the country. We need multiple means of better protecting the most precious in our society.

    Keep us updated on your awesome efforts. Prayers to all in Newton,Ct.


  16. Chris Farina says:

    You guys are amazing and Tapping is too. The person who brought it to me is a spiritual gift and it is obvious you are too. I can speak to Tapping with my children and it has been an amazing resource for them. Thank you for all you do!

  17. sylvia tavares says:

    I am an EFT practitioner and I am so glad Nick you are doing this. I want to do it as well here in my community as it is affecting us very deeply. I will be following what you do and how it’s working out. wishing you all the help and support you need.

  18. Kandee Timmerman says:

    Thank you so much for your article and your efforts to try to help those who are suffering from the effects of trauma, including the horrible tragedy in Newtown. I myself have used EFT/Tapping for several years, and as a therapist trained in trauma, I have taught it to many clients to help with a variety of emotional issues, including PTSD. I would highly recommend and encourage the word be spread about EFT and that it be utilized, along with other proven trauma resolution and relief therapies, to help the families in the wake of the shooting in your town. It is very helpful, easy, and it works! I hope others will buy your CD and contribute in whatever way possible. In the midst of darkness and tragedy, we need healers and helpers to step forward. Please let me know if I can be of help to your efforts in any way.

  19. Judie says:

    I use tapping in conjunction with my hypnotherapy sessions, with amazing results. Nick, thank you for the opportunity to support the people of Newtown. I hope that my Facebook friends will take up your wonderful offer to purchase the tapping film knowing that 100% of the proceeds will indeed reach those it is intended for. Meanwhile, I send my prayers and healing energy to everyone in Newtown. Blessings Judie

  20. Alison Sheppard says:

    I agree with the person that said it was not an accident that you live in Newtown. They need you there and you can do the most good from your home base. I can’t think of a greater gift or how you could do it better. I will do whatever I can to lend support. God Bless you and this effort.

  21. Judie Barbour says:

    I have been using tapping in conjunction with hypnotherapy in my clinic for some time now, and am happy to say that the results are amazing. I will post Nick’s information to my Facebook page and encourage my friends to help support the people of Newtown. Meanwhile I send my prayers and healing energy to everyone affected. Thank you Nick for this wonderful opportunity to help. Blessings Judie

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