Page updated 01-21-2018
Energy psychology energy therapy is a compendium of mind-body approaches that supports mental health, physical relaxation, emotional balance and deepens a value-driven connection to life and living. Energy psychology facilitates whole-person health and holistic healing.
In studies, energy psychology (EP) has been shown to decrease anxiety and stress, reduce pain and increase feelings of balance, relaxation and calm. Like Healing Touch, it’s an integrative mind-body method that complements counseling therapy, psychotherapy, medicine, coaching and other health practices and healing modalities of healthcare providers. EP can also be used as a stand-alone process.
The Energy Psychology program curriculum is through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). ACEP offers certification for both licensed professionals and other people interested in incorporating these holistic and natural healing methods into their work and lives. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available as ACEP is an American Psychological Association (APA) Approved sponsor of continuing professional education for psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals. Here's the APA's website where ACEP is listed under Pennsylvania on the APA.org approved sponsors page.
EP is all natural, too. It’s a holistic remedy that utilizes that human body’s incredible and natural ability to self-heal and balance. Here’s a quote from ACEP home page about it:
Through studies, EP has been seen to provide beneficial results in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, pain and more. Here’s a quick but not comprehensive list of benefits seen in studies.
EP may help to:
The methods that comprise Energy Psychology energy therapy have been around for more forty years. There have been over 80 articles published. In the world of research, this is a limited amount of evidence. Ironically, to quote ACEP.org Quick Facts sheet:
There are over 400 identified forms of psychotherapy, most of which have little or no research to validate them. Energy psychology is both evidence-based and in the top 10% in terms of research for psychotherapy modalities.
That said, research continues to grow which adds to the evidence. Also, government institutions are beginning to acknowledge EP as an evidence-based treatment.
For example, in 2017 the U.S. Veterans Administration approved EFT, an EP method, as "generally safe therapy" and has been added to List 2 treatments. The National Repertory of Evidence Based Practices and Procedures (NREPP) a SAMHSA division validated TFT, an EP method, as an evidenced-based treatment in 2016. At the present time, NREPP and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the U.K. is reviewing EFT.
EP's research is still growing. Stay tuned, the pace of research is picking up.
The information on this energy psychology page comes from my direct experience with EP as well as ACEP, a non-profit organization. You can find much more information about ACEP and the state of research on Energy Psychology at http://www.energypsych.org and http://www.energypsych.org/research
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