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IS THERE RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY? (continued)

There are currently over 50 Energy Psychology (EP) studies published, 95% of which show positive outcomes related to EP treatment. The most recent Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) (soon to be published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease) has shown Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT, an EP modality) to significantly lower cortisol-related stress levels and self-reported psychological symptoms after a single treatment session.

Though the field of Energy Psychology (EP) is only 30 years old, it is fast growing due to its ability to provide swift results with no abreaction in most cases--particularly with trauma patients.


For instance, in the spring of 2006, 50 orphans of the Rwandan genocide (many of whom witnessed the horror of their parents being murdered by machete) were treated with a single Thought Field Therapy (TFT) session (TFT is an EP modality) session. Following the session, scores on a PTSD checklist completed by caretakers and on a self-related PTSD checklist had significantly decreased. The number of participants exceeding the PTSD cutoffs decreased from 100% to 6%. Retesting a year later showed that the improvements held.

One study (Church et al. 2012) with 56 Veterans with PTSD found that 86% of the subjects no longer had PTSD after 6 sessions of treatment.  This is almost twice as effective in half the time as the most common treatment used inthe VA system Prolongued Exposure  ( 49% reduction of PTSD in 12 sessions).

It's exciting to see more robust research validating years of anecdotal positive outcomes with Energy Psychology (EP)--many of which, as in the case of the Rwandan orphan study or the rapid relief of PTSD symptoms experienced by US combat veterans treated wtih EFT, have seemed incredible from a talk therapy perspective.


While more sophisticated studies need to be done, the data continues to stack up in favor of EP. If you're interested in learning more about existing EP research (on subjects as various as weight loss maintenance, test taking anxiety, phobias and PTSD), you can read dozens of abstracts on ACEP's research pages by
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