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What is Energy Psychology

What is Energy Psychology and Why Should You Care?

 

 

We know that traumatic events like mass shootings, war, and natural disasters can create lasting scars and impaired lives, sometimes for generations. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Energy psychology has an array of tools that can help ease stress and trauma, enabling people to live with greater calm and make better choices, regardless of their circumstance.


Making those tools widely available to those who need them 

is a core part of ACEP’s mission.

And that mission is more important today than it has ever been.


 

   

 

 

What is energy psychology?

 

   For helping professionals and leaders who want to improve systems of care

 

   For clients and consumers 

 

 

Does energy psychology really work?

   For everyone

 

 

How can energy psychology make a difference in my work?

   For helping professionals working with clients


   For people who want to improve systems of care

          Policy makers, organizational leaders, government leaders and others

 

 

 

 

   

“Clients are delighted with the results [of energy psychology]. They see that they can actually change things within themselves instead of just dissecting them, which is so common in conventional approaches. They may have been able to cope better as a result of conventional methods, but they didn’t experience the deep, transformational change that comes from energy psychology work. They often feel a profound sense of wholeness and well being they have never felt before."

Heather LaChance, PhD, DCEP

 

 


 

What is energy psychology?


Definition for Therapists, Other Practitioners and Leaders Working to Improve Systems of Care

Energy psychology (EP) comprises a family of methods designed to strategically and methodically intervene with human energy fields in elevating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. These approaches are used by practitioners of psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, energy healing, and health optimization. 

EP methods combine cognitive interventions (including focused awareness and imaginal exposure to traumatic memories) with stimulation of the human bio-energy systems such as meridians, chakras and the biofield. Activation of the bio-energy system during the intervention is thought to increase the speed and/or thoroughness of the work.

Practitioners view issues as systemic, interactive bio-energetic patterns. This involves constant complex communication among neurobiological processes, electrophysiology, consciousness, and bioenergy systems (which may include the biofield, chakras, and meridians). Practitioners use a variety of demonstrated and self-applied techniques to help clients shift the flow of information and energy throughout these systems.

Most EP approaches are active, focused and structured. EP approaches can be: 1) used as stand-alone interventions, 2) integrated within a broader clinical treatment or program of change or health optimization.

The most common examples of energy psychology methods are: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), Comprehensive Energy Psychology (CEP), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), and Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT).

Applications

Energy psychology (EP) applications incorporate natural energetic components into the treatment process that include, but are not limited to, meridians, chakras, biofields, and bio-electrical and electromagnetic activity of the body, the nervous system and the heart. EP practitioners often combine cognitive and physical interventions with activation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems. Some practitioners focus on the way in which thought and intention are expressed in the bioenergy system, and explore the therapeutic value of precise language use and congruent intention. EP approaches adapt and integrate easily into most psychotherapy models, healthcare orientations, and models of performance enhancement. EP approaches are often exceedingly rapid, have little to no adverse effects, are usually experienced as self-empowering by clients and patients, and are easily amenable to self-help protocols.     
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Definition for Clients and Consumers

Energy psychology (EP) comprises a family of methods designed to improve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. These approaches are used by practitioners of psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, energy healing, and health optimization.

EP methods focus on a client’s thoughts, feelings and emotions at the same time as the client activates some aspect of the bio-energy system of the body such as meridians or chakras. (The client taps or touches certain areas on the body.)  Activating these systems during the intervention is thought to increase the speed and/or thoroughness of the work.

Most EP approaches are active, focused and structured. EP approaches can be: 1) used as standalone interventions, or 2) integrated with other approaches.

The most common examples of energy psychology methods are:

“Tapping” Methods: such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

Chakra Methods: such as Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) or Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT)

Combination methods: such as Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), Comprehensive Energy Psychology (CEP)

Most EP approaches are gentle and do not require clients to relive traumatic memories.  In addition, clients will often learn self-help methods they can use on their own. EP approaches can rapidly help people reduce strong painful emotions as well as process traumatic events and shift limiting beliefs.       


 

Does energy psychology really work? Is it evidence-based?

 

In a word, yes. Thousands of professionals throughout the world, and a robust body of research show these methods work, time after time, in a wide variety of situations.

 

For example, studies have shown that energy psychology has helped…

  • Veterans heal PTSD
  • Students reduce anxiety
  • Rwandan genocide survivors heal trauma
  • Overweight people reduce food cravings

 

Over 125 research studies have been published in professional and refereed journals, and 99% document energy psychology’s effectiveness.

  • 65+ randomized controlled trials
  • 56+ pre-post outcome studies
  • 5 meta-analyses show energy psychology is an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and PTSD

 

A small but growing body of research demonstrates positive effects on biology. For example:

  • 2 randomized control trials using biologic or genetic outcome measures document positive outcomes for EP methods.
  • fMRI study documents neural changes after using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • 2 studies documented physiological and immunological changes and genetic (microRNA) expression with EFT

 

Taken as a body of knowledge, these findings suggest that energy psychology meets the criteria for evidenced-based treatment. 

 

There are over 400 identified forms of psychotherapy, many of which have little or no research to validate them. Energy psychology is both evidence-based and in the top 10% in terms of published research for psychotherapy modalities.

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“Learning the research has boosted my self-esteem and lessened my doubts in practicing and/or speaking to others regarding the efficacy of my work. Thank you!

Speech pathologist | USA   

 
 

 

 

How Can Energy Psychology Make a Difference in My Work?


 

Professionals Working with Clients

 

 

Make a bigger difference in your clients’ lives


Are you looking for:

  • Methods that can be used in diverse fields including: counseling, coaching and education?
  • Effective tools that help your clients achieve deeper levels of health and wellbeing in less time?
  • Techniques that work with body to improve emotional regulation and non-cognitive processing of trauma and stress (also known as bottom-up approaches)?
  • Methods that allow you to actually treat highly traumatic events?
  • Non-verbal approaches as part of your toolkit?
  • Approaches that take into account the latest developments in the field such as interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory, trauma-informed work?
  • Tools that empower your clients?

 

If you answered “Yes”, to any of these questions, energy psychology may be exactly what you are looking for.

 

Energy psychology approaches…

 

  • Are highly flexible and can be used in multiple settings.

  • Excel because of their use of the body as part of the work. They can give your clients a way to rapidly regulate their emotions without the use of medication.

  • Can be administered with little to no talking.

  • Can be easily integrated within trauma informed work, interpersonal neurobiology, and polyvagal theory.

  • Empower your clients by providing simple self-help tools they can use themselves.

 

   

"These treatments eliminated the chronic anxiety that I have had throughout my adult life and allowed me to recover an emotional clarity and simplicity of emotional experience that I possessed as a child. I consider this experience on the miraculous level - both the elimination of the anxiety and the cognitive experience."      P.C. / Pennsylvania

 
     
 

"I was skeptical when my executive coach taught me energy psychology techniques. But now I use them all the time to reduce my stress and improve my ability to function at work."  

A.T. / Philadelphia

   
 

 

 

Help your clients reduce stress and heal trauma more quickly, gently and effectively

Many clients experience emotional pain, dysfunction and chronic stress as a result of past trauma. When the effects of trauma and stress are released from the body-mind system, the nervous system can return to a state of safety, giving your client new capacity to live in the present. Energy psychology tools are extremely efficient, and are tailored to clear trauma gently from the body-mind system when combined with talk therapy.   

For example, studies have suggested that EP approaches may be twice as effective in half the time compared with prolonged exposure for veterans with PTSD.  

A meta-analysis of EFT (one of the major EP approaches) for PTSD found a very large effect size (d=2.96).

 

 

 

"I was trained at some of the best schools and yet wasn’t able to get far with some people, particularly those with trauma and addictions.


And then I started using energy psychology. I made more progress with patients in a session or two than I had in several years of treating them. It blew me away."    

Anthony Tranguch, MD, PhD


 

 

 

 

Enhance your self-care

Keeping yourself in better shape allows you to help others more effectively. These methods not only help your clients; they can help you work and live with greater presence and ease.

 

 

Clients have shifted from long-standing anxieties to a greater sense of courage, balance, and calm. And all the while, I’m doing the energy work alongside them, so my risk of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization is greatly reduced. It’s a win-win approach and has been a complete game-changer."

Matt Hersh, PhD, DCEP


 
 
Grow your business and increase your income

The integrative healthcare market is $65 billion and growing. More people than ever understand the importance of the body-mind connection, which makes it easier for you to attract new clients when you add energy psychology techniques to your service offering.

You can also decrease your dependence on low-fee managed care contracts. Energy psychology is so effective that clients are willing to pay out-of-pocket for this service.

 

ACEP is working hard to increase general awareness of the power of these methods, which means more business for you. In fact, ACEP persuaded Psychology Today to list energy psychology as a treatment modality in its online therapist finder application.

 

   
"I was contacted by a physician new to the area. She learned that I had treated several of her patients. She wanted to know more about what I did with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. The doctor wanted to offer her patients something other than medication.  

I told her that I had been using energy psychology for over 20 years and gave her clinical examples. Then she asked me, "Is there any research backing up your methods?"  I told her, and then sent her a summary of studies in the field. Within the week, she referred several new clients."

Fred Gallo, PhD, DCEP | USA 

 

 

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Policy Makers, Healthcare / Organizational / Government Leaders & Others

 

Are you looking for system-wide, effective, time and cost efficient, and scalable approaches to…

  • Improve physical and mental health?
  • Reduce the effects of stress and trauma?
  • Improve performance and functioning?

 

 

 

 

Training programs to reduce stress and fight/flight responses inherent in jobs
(without using labels of dysfunction)

 
 


First responders and law enforcement officers encounter high-stress situations as part of their daily work. If the effects of this stress are not cleared from the body-mind system, future performance may gradually suffer, and decision-making can be impaired. The effects of this stress can be cumulative. Eventually, they may respond inappropriately to high-stress situations and their personal lives and relationships may be negatively impacted. Instead of viewing these reactions as mental health problems they should be considered normal responses to very difficult situations.

Consider the following analogy: If a person has a job that requires a lot of physical exertion after work, they take a shower and wash off the sweat and grime. The culture considers this normal and natural. If a person has a job that requires a great of stress and limbic arousal there is no “shower” procedure for washing that out of the person’s body that the culture considers normal.     

 

Creating a work culture that arms first responders and law enforcement with a set of tools like energy psychology to help mitigate event driven stress is key. EP techniques can be used as a rapid self-help program to regulate the autonomic nervous system (like taking a shower to remove the stress) preventing dysfunction before it begins and improving performance.

 

Applications: First responders, police, military

 

 

 

Reducing PTSD in veterans

 

     


Current standards of care for veterans with PTSD are inadequate; with poor success rates, long wait times for treatment, and continued high suicide rates.

 

Initial research (randomized control trials) suggest that energy psychology techniques appear to be twice as effective (86% vs 49%) in half the time (6 sessions vs 12 sessions) compared to leading treatments offered by the Veterans Administration.

 

The potential real-world savings in terms of long-term economic benefits would measure in billions of dollars, not to mention a decrease in suffering, suicide and death.

 

Application:  Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

Helping people control pain and heal addiction

 

   


Addiction to opioids is an epidemic.  Success rates for current treatments are marginal.


Energy psychology approaches have been shown to reduce symptoms in the short term and treat the hidden traumatic stresses that appears to be a significant contributor to the development and maintenance of these problems.

 

Applications: Pain patients, addictions

 

 

 

Helping young people manage stress in and outside the classroom

 

   


Train teachers in simple, safe, energy psychology methods they can teach their students.

 

Stress and anxiety among young people have grown to alarming proportions. Energy psychology programs can easily be integrated into classroom learning so that a) students are more ready to learn and b) these approaches become a whole person resource that can be used throughout the lifecycle. Energy psychology is already being successfully used in some classrooms.  EP approaches involve more activity than mindfulness programs; making them easier to use for many students.  These programs also can help reduce the stress of teachers.

 

Applications: students K-12 and college, teachers

 

 

 

 

Helping to heal adverse childhood events (ACEs)


   


The role of adverse childhood events (ACEs) in creating long term negative outcomes throughout the lifecycle has been well established. High levels of ACEs have been correlated with domestic violence, drug addition, depression, and suicide, as well massive increases in heart disease, cancer and other medical problems.

 

One CDC study of the lifetime cost of 1 year of childhood maltreatment is $160 billion. Extrapolated to 10 years this is $1.6 trillion.

 

Very little has been done to help prevent the descent into dysfunction or return the person to a higher level of function. 

 

A long-term opportunity exists in investigating the potential of energy psychology to mediate the long-term negative effects of ACEs.

 

Energy psychology’s high level of effectiveness at systematically treating the effects of specific traumatic events in the lifecycle, in a relatively short amount of time, presents the possibility of a whole person intervention that could be implemented as part of whole person health practice.   

 

We suggest a series of investigations that would culminate in a very large scale, 20 year longitudinal study comparing the health outcomes of several thousand people with high ACEs who are treated for those adverse events with energy psychology (and perhaps other treatment modalities) compared to controls.

 

The potential benefit of even a 15% drop in morbidity would amount to hundreds of billions of dollars in health savings over a 10 year period.

 

Applications:  Public Health Policy, Health Care Systems

 

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For more information about how to improve health care systems, contact

Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP

Executive Director

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology


 

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