I have never met a client who didn’t eventually make sense.
Their patterns or ways of being that don’t serve them now usually
served them quite well as a child, especially when coping
with overwhelming life situations.
- Mary T. Sise, LCSW -
Clinicians have frequently found that after years of "talk therapy", some of their patients continued to respond with the same anger, anxiety or distress that they felt during the original event. While they might have more insight into why they are upset, for some clients, it just didn't help them to be less upset. Other clients couldn't figure out the origin of their distress, and frequently knew it was "irrational", but they couldn't seem to release it by trying to be logical.
It appears that the area of the brain most distressed is the limbic region. The area of your brain that you use in talk therapy is primarily your neo-cortex region. That same region is the storage area for all of your logic and reasoning. But as anyone can tell you when you are upset, you are usually not too logical!! Brain scans are now concurring with what we know!
It appears that many of the newer therapies help to quiet down the limbic structures. While they will involve some “talking” to a therapist to help you focus on your distress, the treatments will also involve using eye movements, tapping your own body, using an acupressure hold, or some other intervention aimed at quieting down the body/mind.
Energy Psychology (EP) constitutes a large family of therapeutic approaches that are grounded in mind/body theory. EP modalities include work with selected aspects of the human energy system--the meridians, the acupoints, the radiant circuits, the chakras, and the biofield-- to enhance therapeutic outcomes for selected clients. Clinical outcomes with EP have been reported over the past decade citing such remarkable effects for some clients as relief of trauma, reduction of anxiety, and resolution of phobias.
As yet, there is not sufficient documentation in the research literature to validate or generalize from these experiences, although we hope that this will change in the near future. EP is a new and innovative discipline that cannot guarantee efficacy or make any claims for specific client populations. Any specific EP method should only be considered for client intervention by practitioners who are adequately trained in the method, and who understand the legality of the particular EP method's use as it relates to the scope of their practice, as provided for by the governing state licensure regulatory agency. Introduction of any innovative method to clients requires careful attention to rapport, informed consent, and acceptance of the client's right to choose whether to use an intervention or not. All Energy Psychology treatments are incorporated into sound clinical psychotherapeutic treatment.
All clients are given a full assessment to see if any of these treatments might be appropriate. The client remains seated in their chair, usually doing the treatments for themselves (i.e. tapping under the eye, collarbone etc) while the clinician shows them the treatment. The information provided to you is educational in nature and is intended to help you understand and empower yourself to enhance your health and well-being. It is not meant as a substitute for medical care. While some of these methods can be easily used as self-help methods, it is strongly recommended that you seek the help of a qualified clinician, especially if you have a history of depression, suicidal thinking, bi-polar or schizophrenia, and if you have had any trauma in which there was damage to your body. For a list of practitioners in your area see www.EnergyPsych.org/. For a list of New York Capital Area providers see the link on this website. Click here for the most recent updates on the state on Energy Psychology research
Dr. Larry Nims developed this method after he studied with Dr. Callahan in the early 1990’s. Larry was very interested in the power of the subconscious mind, and he developed a series of affirmations which you could say as you were tapping the meridian points used by Dr. Callahan. Larry is also a strong proponent of forgiveness and has incorporated that into his healing protocol. His website is www.BeSetFreeFast.com.
Tapas Fleming, a licensed acupuncturist, developed this method. She discovered that having clients hold the front and back of their head in a specific pose would calm the body/mind down and produce a shift in the emotions around a problem or distressing belief. Her protocol involves a 6-step process to access the core of the belief, and then replace it with a different belief. Her website is www.UnStressForSuccess.com/.
This method, developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, is not considered Energy Psychology. It involves having a client think of a distressing event and then having the clinician move her hands back and forth in front of the client’s eyes, while the client focuses on the image. It can also be done with hand taps or bi-lateral sounds. Over the past ten years there has been much research into this methodology, especially for traumatic incidents. To be trained one must be a licensed clinician and go through the EMDR institute. See www.Emdria.org for more information.