Many practitioners understand that energy psychology works, but find that they are hesitant to introduce it to neophytes, or stumble when defending it to skeptics and critics. If you have used energy psychology, you have likely experienced its effectiveness; if you are a member of ACEP, there is little doubt that you have witnessed its powerful effects, personally and professionally. And it’s not just “in your head”.
We are living in unprecedented times, as the world grapples with the covid19 pandemic. Many people are experiencing fear, and worry about catching the virus and getting sick. Televisions across the world beam images of overcrowded hospitals and overburdened healthcare professionals. There is real concern that necessary equipment is not, and will not be, available to protect and care for those in need. Meanwhile, many countries are addressing the pandemic by instituting lock downs, keeping people in physical isolation. The impact on social and economic life is profound. The need for mental healthcare is growing.
One of the best things about being an energy psychology practitioner is seeing that look of wonder in our clients’ eyes when their traumatic memories are no longer traumatic.
“I remember it, but I don’t feel upset about it,” they say.
It’s the kind of experience that makes this profession so rewarding.
I remember one instance in particular. A client was working on a childhood trauma. He was in tears ― lots of them ― before we even started working. When I asked him to rate his distress on a scale of 0–10, he said it was 100. …
Biography, Biology, and Destiny: How energy psychology might break the chain
Obesity. Diabetes. Depression. Heart disease. Asthma. Addiction. Cancer. What common denominator increases the likelihood of developing any of these conditions?
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.
According to the CDC, ACEs are associated with an increased risk for mental and physical health problems across the lifespan. Childhood trauma (the biography) seems to affect our brains, nervous systems, and biochemistry (biology), which in turn increases the risk of psychological issues and serious illness (destiny).
ACES are a HUGE public health issue. Since 1998, when Vincent Felitti and his colleagues published the…
People who are overweight generally know what to do. Eat less, eat better, exercise more. Pretty simple, right? So why does it so often feel simply impossible? As with so many human problems, we know better, but we don’t seem to be able to do better.
There are many factors that have very little to do with knowledge that lead us to the sleeve of Girl Scout cookies. Or the bag of chips. The pint of Americone Dream. The drive-through window.
I’ve often observed that if we all could get our feelings to line up with what we know, hardly…
Here’s a little nugget from the research on energy psychology, also known as cognitive somatic energy practices (CSEP). Thought-field therapy (TFT) is a well-researched form of energy psychology; it involves tapping on acupressure points while activating an unpleasant memory or emotion. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a popular and widely researched modality in the world of mental health. Each modality has its place in therapeutic settings.
However, in the world of trauma treatment, energy psychology seems to have a greater efficacy than CBT. Our colleagues in Kurdistan, Iraq recently published a study that illustrates the point. The study participants are…
I had a powerful session recently with a client I’ll call Kate. We have been using EFT to clear the emotional intensity of troubling or traumatic incidents from her past. Our experience shows how EFT can heal traumatic memories.
The theory behind this ― and there is plenty of evidence that it works ― is that troubling or “traumatic” experiences undergird issues that bring people to therapy. Things like anxiety and low self-esteem have their roots in earlier experience, often from childhood. Nothing much new there.
What’s different in EFT is that we treat the memory, tapping on acupressure points…
Summer 1977. Somewhere outside of Winston-Salem, NC.
The car was hot, its white vinyl seats slick with perspiration. When we were in range of a radio station, my parents sang along to John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson. When radio stations were not in range, they did their best on their own. My Irish-twin sister Kathleen Rachel and I groaned. (Jayne, you missed it!)
We stopped at a traffic light. A group of long haired, bearded men on motorcycles stopped beside us. One apparently was trying to get my parents’ attention.
Mom gasped. “Oh! Joe! I’m scared,” she cried. “It’s…
I was talking with a friend of mine this morning. She has invited me to collaborate with her on a project. As we talked, she said, “I’m afraid I’m asking too much.” I told her that if it were too much for me, I would say no. “Asking is not the same as telling a person to do something,” I sagely added. We both cracked up. And realized how seldom people remember this. Learning how to say no is a lesson that often comes up in client sessions, and in life.
Ask, and it is (sometimes) given. And sometimes not.
The line between blame and responsibility.
There is a huge difference between “whose fault is it?” and “whose responsibility is it?” Learning to distinguish between the two (and learning which question to ask) is powerful and empowering.
In a therapy office, blame is often present but rarely useful. Clients come in to deal with problems, and those problems have origins ― and they have solutions. Many of my clients torment themselves with self-blame, or they are caught in a loop of blaming others for the pain they are experiencing. These ways of thinking keep us stuck. …
Sarah Murphy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA. She specializes in energy psychology, including EFT, as well as mindfulness and hypnotherapy.