What is Energy Psychology?
Energy Psychology (EP) is a family of evidence supported modalities that balance, restore and improve human functioning by combining physical interventions (using the acupuncture system, the chakras and other ancient systems of healing) with modern cognitive interventions such as imagery-based exposure therapy.
These methods are being used around the world by thousands of mental health and allied health professionals as well as lay people to achieve rapid, dramatic and lasting therapeutic shifts in feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. While some of these techniques are simple enough that children can be taught to use them independently, they have proven so powerful that they are being employed by several organizations worldwide to provide first response to disasters and other traumatic situations.
Positive clinical and experimental outcomes have shown EP methods to help alleviate multitude of issues including trauma and PTSD, anxiety and phobias, depression, addictions, weight management, pain. They have also been found to support improvement in school, sports and work performance.
This innovative approach to mental and physical health is currently being studied by the National Institutes of Health, the Kaiser Foundation, and the Veterans Administration. Though scientific study of energy psychology modalities is in it its early phases, the growing body of clinical research has thus far been very promising. fMRI and QEEG results have shown positive brain activity after the use of energy psychology techniques.
Some of the more common forms of Energy Psychology Include:
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
- Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
- Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
- Comprehenesive Energy Psychology (CEP)
- Matrix Energetics
How does Energy Psychology work?
Mind-body approaches to healing recognize a multi-layered interconnection between the different systems of body, the brain and the mind. These connections are supported through numerous scientific disciplines including: psychoneuroimmunology, epi-genetics, interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroplasticity. The effectiveness of energy psychology approaches appears to derive from a synergistic effect of focusing attention on specific memories and other cognitive-affective experiences while teaching clients skills to activate the energy systems of the body to normalize functioning, including disruptions in the brain and brain stem. The results typically transcend the normal ability to change experience through conscious effort. Instead, subjects repeatedly report spontaneous resolution of negative thoughts, feelings and memories.