How Can Energy Psychology Help Me?
Have you ever had a strong yet inexplicable negative emotional reaction to a situation or event in your life? This phenomenon is common and happens because you have experienced a similar situation earlier in life and it was very challenging for you. The present situation reminds you of the more potent earlier situation and your reaction is based on this earlier experience even if you have no current memory of it. Your nervious system and your body remembers.
Energy Psychology works with these feelings that have created disrupted, scrambled or stagnant energy from the time of a trauma, injury, illness or shock. When we experience an unfortunate event, our nervous system, our “wiring” so to speak, becomes overwhelmed. We then repress the painful memory in our subconscious as well as download the charge of that event into our physical bodies. A way of coping in a moment of shock or upset later may become body tension or unexplained powerful feelings. Over time the effect can accumulate to create psychological and physical challenges.
Everyday events can affect our energies—watching the news, receiving a dirty look, talking with a troubled friend, getting cut off on the highway, or physical traumas such as a car accident, serious fall or even surgery. Such events disrupt our energies, each time eliciting a stronger reaction unless dealt with. We also pick up negative beliefs from those around us, especially in our first seven years of life. As very young children, we believe everything we are told, even if it is not the truth or is quite negative. Our first family may not have shared with us the most positive life perspective.
The good news is that the tension, beliefs and feelings are simply a disruption in our Human Energy Field. Negative feelings can be extremely powerful. We can spend a lifetime running from them or we can clean up our energy simply and easily with effective, and safe Energy Psychology techniques such as ZPoint Process and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Energy Psychology is not to be confused with Psychotherapy. Although both address negative feelings and beliefs, Energy Psychology is very different from Psychotherapy. Energy Psychology is designed to assist the body and the nervous system in releasing the energetic disruption that was created in the moment of trauma…..the moment you were hit, bullied, afraid or sad.
Once the energetic disruption is removed, the charge attached to the feeling is gone. Although you will remember the event, these techniques can bring relief from the negative feelings.
A paper that reviews the most significant studies in Energy Psychology up to October 2010 was published in the journal Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training (a journal of the American Psychological Association): Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective.
“These methods do not rely on insight and understanding, but on shifting internal states of bodily experience. (They) can bring about remarkably rapid changes in the way people feel and move through the world.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
Medical Director, the Trauma Center, Boston,
MA Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Research Overview as of January 2013
There have been over ﬁfty peer-reviewed studies conducted on Energy Psychology (EP) in dozens of countries by independent research teams. Eighteen of these studies are Random Controlled Trials (RCTs), 100% of which found statistically signiﬁcant results in favor of EP (the .001 level was exceeded in 11/18 studies). These include an RCT with ﬁfty survivors of the Rwandan Genocide showing dramatic reduction in PTSD (just published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health), and an RCT showing EFT (an EP modality) to considerably lower cortisol-related stress levels and self-reported psychological symptoms after a single treatment session. This study is published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. For details, go to www.energypsych.org/research.