Energy Psychology

Energy Psychology borrows techniques from the eastern healing arts, such as acupressure (no needles here – just fingertip pressure, self applied), Yoga, Qi Gung[1], T’ai chi ch’uan [2], and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).[3] I have used a combination of these techniques in conjunction with Traditional Short and Long Term Therapy.

Energy Psychology’s Effectiveness

I have used these techniques for over 15 years,. The research [4] [5] that has been done so far is very promising and more importantly both using it for myself and on hundreds of clients have yielded some impressive results. This approach is different from what folks expect will happen in therapy, so if one has a little faith it can go a long way to a lot of relief.

Disclaimer:

In my therapeutic use of these techniques sometimes the results are amazing, sometimes they don’t work at all, and sometimes they are partially effective, in life there is “no silver bullet”, just figuring what works for which person.

(1) (pronounced “chee-gung”) is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. ^ a b c d e Cohen, K. S. (1999). The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing. Random House of Canada. ISBN 0345421094.

(2) Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. This definition is gotten from the Harvard University on Woman’s Health.

(3) “EMDR is the most revolutionary, important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades.”- Herbert Fensterheim, Ph.D., Cornell University

(4) An Overview of: RESEARCH IN ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY, David Feinstein, Ph.D.

(5) “Evaluation of a meridian-based intervention, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), for reducing specific phobias of small animals” Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 59, Number 9 (September 2003) pp. 943 – 966.

 

Traditional Short Term Therapy

When Short Term Therapy is used it can be a combination of behavior and insight techniques.

People need to learn how to deal with strong feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and anger to name some of the painful problems people face.

In short term therapy the process is:

  • Identify the issue to be dealt with
  • Develop strategies to handle this issue(s)
  • If straight forward strategies aren’t getting the results that are wanted we examine the deeper resistances to getting to a positive place.

Sometimes the blocks may be coming from ones past. Sometimes there are underlying issues that by solving one issue other ones may occur. For example someone may want to get rid of their anger, but their anger is what motivates them. Another example, where folks are not able to let go of negative issues, is if a person is constantly anxious, but they don’t want to let go of the anxiety because if they do they feel as if they are vulnerable.

On occasion to either move more quickly to resolve an issue or if the traditional approaches aren’t getting the desired results, some of the other approaches such as energy psychology, hypnosis, or hypnosis may be used in addition to traditional short term therapy.

Traditional Long Term Therapy

Whenever possible short term therapy (Two – Ten sessions) is desirable, but some times short term therapy is not enough. If longer term work is necessary then it may become necessary to explore in depth, scares that occurred in early childhood, during adolescents, or adulthood. In addition, because of the emotional vulnerability, some folks need ongoing support in addition to getting practical suggestions for coping with difficult, emotionally painful issues.