Energy Psychology has its roots in ancient knowledge about the ways in which energy operates within the body, but is now supported by a substantial evidence base.
The basic principle underpinning these new methods is that trauma is encoded within the body’s energy field. In energy therapy simple procedures are used to guide the client to gently stimulate his or her own energy system while focusing the mind upon the target problem. Often this will rapidly release the underlying psycho-energetic structure that is generating or maintaining the current problem.
Energy Therapies introduce a number of strange concepts and practices which are difficult at first for the Western mind to accept. Dr Phil Mollon, a respected clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been studying and using these therapeutic methods for over ten years writes of his experience:
“Many of us, having worked for years with other methods, find that energy psychology appears to offer results that are more rapid, deep and gentle than we or our clients have hitherto experienced. We have struggled with our own perplexity and scepticism, including the natural and almost ubiquitous tendency to reject whatever violates our fundamental assumptions, and we find ourselves embracing this developing field of therapeutic enquiry with persisting enthusiasm and astonishment.”
NICE Guidance on the treatment of PTSD published in December 2018 includes Energy Psychology interventions (which they call “Combined Somatic and Cognitive Therapies”) among the most cost effective interventions for PTSD and recommend further research .
There is now a substantial evidence base for the efficacy of Energy Psychology methods. See ACEP Research
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Energy Psychology (EP) is a mind-body approach to understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between bioenergy systems, neuro and electro physiological processes, and mental functions involving thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviour. These systems and processes exist and interact within the individual and between people. They are also influenced by cultural and environmental factors.
Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are reflected in bio-energetic patterns within and around the mind-body-energy system. Since the mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive, this mind-body-energy system involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioural-emotional patterns.
The use of EP has resulted in the development of associated methods and models to treat psychological and emotional problems, facilitate health and wellbeing, and improve human performance. These models and methods are usually used within an integrative or holistic frame and include but are not limited to psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, integrative medicine, and other healing modalities.
Applications of EP
EP applications incorporate into the treatment process natural energetic components that include but are not limited to meridians, chakras, biofields, and bio-electrical and electromagnetic activity of the body, nervous system and heart. EP practitioners often combine cognitive and physical interventions with activation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems. Some practitioners focus upon the way in which thought, and intention are expressed in the bioenergy system, and explore the therapeutic value of precise use of language 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.
In the clinical world, EP models have been beneficially applied to assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, stress, psychophysiological issues, and self-sabotaging behaviours by a broad range of healthcare providers to regulate affect and promote emotional and physical health. Treatment results have been shown to be enduring and relatively rapid.
There are currently over 60 research studies, including multiple Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) published in professional and refereed journals, confirming the treatment value of EP. Taken as a body of knowledge, these findings suggest that EP meets the criteria for evidenced-based treatment.
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