The term energy psychology refers to an innovative set of techniques that use the human energy system to heal mind, body, and soul. Our physical bodies consist of a skeleton, organs, glands, and muscles, etc. We also have an energy system that consists of meridians, chakras, and the biofield. Energy psychology draws from eastern techniques of touching, tapping or holding these energy centers to stimulate, move and clear energy fields. This can cause dramatic and lasting changes to a person’s feelings, beliefs, behaviors or mental state.
Most energy psychology synthesizes aspects of muscle testing, borrowed from applied kinesiology, neurolinguistic programming, psychology and biomedical science and spirituality.
While these may sound new and weird to you, these techniques have been researched and empirically validated over the past 30+ years. They are now beginning to gain recognition as valuable treatments for some of the most difficult to treat and handicapping mental health issues. In the 1990’s Roger Callahan and Gary Craig discovered and routinized meridian tapping or TFT and EFT respectively.
Judith Swack is my mentor and the originator of HBLU (Healing from the Body feel up.
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practice (NREPP) found EFT and TFT beneficial in the treatment of depression and depressive symptoms, trauma and stress related symptoms, phobia, panic and anxiety disorders, unspecified mental health disorders and symptoms, general functioning and well-being, self-regulation, and personal resilience.
Current research is investigating the effectiveness of EP modalities for treating phobias and test anxiety, food cravings and weight loss maintenance, public speaking anxiety, optimal test performance, and psychosomatic conditions such as psoriasis, tinnitus, and fibromyalgia.
I practice EFT, TAT, and HBLU. These techniques changed my life and the way I practice psychotherapy, and they can help you also. If this sounds intriguing, contact me to see how you can start the healing journey yourself.
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